THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

Hey all! So I am Myla’s youngest daughter, Sarah. As she has mentioned before I am a mom of 2. One son- Bradley and a daughter- Saylor. I am currently breastfeeding my daughter, and I would just like to touch a little bit on it for you all.

With my son who is now 5, breastfeeding was hard, I wasn’t producing enough- he also wasn’t latching so within 5 weeks we had to switch to formula. As you can imagine before my daughter was born this was always my concern. 1.) I just wanted to bond with her and 2.) Formula is just so expensive these days. (Just a side note I firmly believe fed is best whatever you choose and whatever works for the baby.) Well, once my daughter was born breastfeeding came naturally. The first three weeks were rough. First off there was the cluster feeding. (For those who do not know what cluster feeding is- it’s when the baby is constantly nursing every hour for days at a time.) This is just so they can get used to the nursing. Then there was the pain-Oh the pain! It was almost as if the first full minute someone was- well to put it bluntly pinching my nipples. The pain is unreal!

Once that all passed we have been on such a good breastfeeding routine, or so we thought. There was something my husband and I were truly not prepared for. My daughter refuses any type of bottle. Still to this day she is 8 months old and will not hardly take a bottle or sippy cup. We have spent well over a hundred dollars just trying to find “the” bottle. We tried from the cheapest dollar store bottle to the comotomo bottles which were supposed to be this miracle bottle. Well I will tell you right now with breastfed babies either they take a bottle or they don’t. My girl just doesn’t latch on very well. So as the title of this blog states- the struggle certainly is real.

My daughter is very  demanding. She still eats every 2-3 hours and still sometimes does throughout the night. It honestly takes a toll on me in every way you could imagine. As a mother to my son, and also as a wife. There are 24 hours in a day and my daughter needs me every 3 hours almost on the dot every day. I have very little freedom. I feel like breastfeeding is taking away my ability to be the best mother I can be to my son. I feel for him so much. These subjects can be touched on a little more on a different blog. There are so many things I can tell you about that subject on a different day.

Now don’t get me wrong I am blessed to be able to breastfeed my daughter this is a struggle but also honestly one of the most beautiful things I have ever done. The struggle mostly comes from the amount of time this consumes because it takes away from a lot in my personal life. I truly wouldn’t change it for anything though. There is a certain sense of accomplishment knowing that I am my daughters sole source of nutrition. My body is literally able to give her everything she needs.

With just about everything there are always pros and cons. Just as there are with breastfeeding and I know I am not alone and my struggles might be someone else’s struggles or maybe my struggles are completely different than other breastfeeding mothers. So I want to know- what’s your story? Did you find success in breastfeeding? Did you struggle and if so what were the struggles? Did you strive in certain ways? I’ll be back for more of my breastfeeding journey! I hope to hear from all the mommy’s out there. For now I’ll talk to you all soon!

 

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