Our Breastfeeding Journey – International Breastfeeding Week

Our Breastfeeding Journey – International Breastfeeding Week

Our breastfeeding journey started on May 13, 2016 after 22 hours of labor. Charlotte came into the world on her own time but quickly latched right after thanks to the male (yup I said it) nurse in our L&D Room, he was super helpful and helped get her to latch immediately. We transitioned to our postpartum room, and that’s when things went a little south. It was extremely hard to get Charlotte to nurse on my own, and I was always pushing the little button in our room to ask for help. The first night her nursing was a hit or miss and one of the nurses said, “just give her a pacifier and get some rest.” “We’ll wake you when she’s hungry.” Well folks worst advice ever, because the next morning my child wouldn’t latch at all and it was miserable. The lactation consultant was having me squeeze my colostrum out of my breasts so I could spoon feed my daughter my milk. I didn’t have a pump with me at the hospital, and to say I felt defeated was an understatement. I wanted nothing more than to breastfeed, and wasn’t able to. We got home and another day went by where I was in tears trying to get her to latch and to squeeze my milk out. One of my friends suggested supplementing until my milk came fully in but I would have to pump probably to get it to come in quicker since she wouldn’t be nursing as much. So we headed out to the store got formula (yup you heard me) and supplemented while I pumped and let me tell you, my child stopped screaming, she started sleeping, and I stopped crying. My milk slowly came in and I started to attempt nursing again and with a nipple shield she latched perfect, we slowly got to take formula away and by day 6 my milk had fully came in and I was producing enough milk so that we didn’t have to supplement anymore. It wasn’t until one very very hazy night 2 weeks in that I ditched the shield and she latched normally. Breastfeeding through the first year has been hard and easy, especially going through growth spurts, all the leaking, trying to reintroduce a bottle (which she took but not very well), and all the pumping (haha). We have been breastfeeding now for almost 15 months, and it has truly been the best journey. Charlotte and I have a bond like no other. Everyone’s journey is different, and if you’re on one my best advice is just to push through and not give up!

& always remember #fedisbest no matter what!

Happy 2nd Anniversary Babe!!

Today marks year 2 of marriage for Eric and I. I couldn’t ask for a more selfless, and hardworking husband. If not for his hard work and dedication to his job I wouldn’t be able to stay home and raise Charlotte. Eric and I met back in Spanish class freshman year of high school. Come junior year we went to different schools and didn’t really speak again for almost 6 years, until Eric started stalking me on Facebook and asking me out. I finally said yes, and we went to a Toby Keith and Eric Church concert, it was over from there. We’ve been together for going on 6 years. We have conquered 7 states, 9 different countries, 2 dogs, and 1 baby together so far. Some days are easy, and other days are not so easy, but at the end of the day we have each other, a roof over our head, our bellies are full, and the amount of love we have for each other will conquer anything it throws our way. I love you so much Eric, thank you for creating this beautiful life with me, and especially thank you for giving me another best friend besides you… aka Charlotte! You’re the best!

Photos Taken By: Chauntelle Graf Photography