L is for Latch

L is for Latch. 

I was in hospital for 6 days. My baby cried every moment he was not on the boob. I cried. The midwives took him to settle him, so I could sleep, and brought him back within 10 minutes because he could not be settled. On day 4 I was told he had lost 9.5% of his body weight. But told not to worry it was normal. On day 6 I was to be discharged. Before I left the hospital I changed my babies nappy. I found orange crystals. This means that my baby was dehydrated. I cried. I was asked to pump before I left, and I produced very little breast milk. I was sent home with a pump and an appointment with my midwife the following day. My baby cried all night. I cried. The next day the midwifes gave my baby formula. A lot of formula.  They contacted the hospital, and back we went. Myself dehydrated, sleep deprived and crying. The following weeks were spent daily with the midwifes latching my baby to me and trying different positions, all whilst I cried at the thought that I was not able to produce enough milk. That I was a failure as a mother. And as a female. And, that I was giving my baby formula. Through my tears, crying baby and nappies,  I did spend a lot of time researching on the internet. Trying to work out where I was going wrong. If I’m perfectly honest with you, I never gave ‘latching’ a thought. From the groups at the children’s centre, with the knitted bobbies, I just assumed baby knew what to do and that he would just, attach himself to my boob? After weeks of researching, and watching you tube videos,  I came across a method of latching called the ‘Flipple Technique’ (also known as the exaggerated latch).  This will not be for everyone, but it completely changed my breastfeeding experience. It worked. I stopped crying. And I breast fed my baby.  I still combination fed, as I was fearful that I would not produce enough milk, and my baby would become dehydrated again. But this wasn’t the case. Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, it’s your choice. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, it’s OK and it’s completely normal.

Mum of 1 aged 2

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