Comments on: A Nursing Story from Lynn Wilson http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:03:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Naomi http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36859 Naomi Thu, 13 May 2010 14:45:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36859 Arrggghhh, this is EXACTLY what I’m going through now! We just brought my 1-mth old for his check- up with the paed and found out that he’s weight had dropped so much, it’s currently BELOW his birth weight. Imagine my horror at the thought that my body is unable to sustain my little one! Was told to supplement with formula and I feel so sad about it. So I’m now eating like mad, drinking like mad, and pumping like mad…feel like a cow at the milking station. I’m praying very hard that soon I’ll be able to revert to total breastfeeding and not have to continue supplementing with formula.

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By: Donna http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36855 Donna Thu, 13 May 2010 10:42:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36855 breastfeeding was a nightmare from start to finish for me. a big part of the problem was that i had a very active 2 year old, who, when i would sit down to nurse her sister, decide to go into another room and start setting the house on fire. okay, not that bad, but i could not ever just sit down and relax. i started pumping milk out very early and sort of mixed it with formula like my dr. told me to do. he also said that the first 6 weeks were sort of the most important, but that ANY small length of time was beneficial. i lasted 3 months and i felt like i should have been given a medal, quite frankly! another mother told me something i really believe to be true in the end. if the mother is happy, the child will be happy. and by the way, my first daughter is adopted and was only given formula. i cannot say i have noticed she is any less healthy than the other. mine are 9 and 11 now and time is passing too quickly. once they hit 3, time starts flying. congratulations on the best thing that ever happened to you!

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By: Brenna http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36851 Brenna Thu, 13 May 2010 06:09:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36851 Thank you for sharing your story! Breastfeeding is so not natural for almost all women. It is a challenge, it can be difficult, we can still do it!

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By: Angela Noelle http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36847 Angela Noelle Wed, 12 May 2010 23:23:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36847 This is wonderfully written. Breastfeeding was hard yakka for me for the first few months. Thank you for sharing a story that helps women feel okay about finding it challenging, and inspires them to persevere!

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By: Shannon http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36845 Shannon Wed, 12 May 2010 21:49:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36845 Your experience sounds similar to mine with my first baby in a lot of ways. I find it absolutely terrible that no one told me that a c-section can make your milk take significantly longer to come in! I only learned that months later. I make sure to let friends know about the resources in my city if they choose to breastfeed. Because they really are great. But you kind of have to go looking for them.

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By: Beth http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36841 Beth Wed, 12 May 2010 19:59:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36841 Great story on birth. Giving birth to a new life is a precious god-given gift to women. He didn’t say it would be easy and painless. But we are strong and we embrace the gift.

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By: kati http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36839 kati Wed, 12 May 2010 19:22:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36839 amen, erica! when my second baby was born, he had such bad jaundice that he spent four days under the bulky phototherapy blanket (instead of snuggling tight to me) and when my milk finally came in a week after he was born, i could barely get 1/4 oz every three hours, after 40 mins of pumping. that lasted a month, while i agonized and pumped constantly (i cried more tears than i made milk), fed him formula mixed with my tiny amounts, ate curries, took fenugreek and drank the teas, drank tons and tons of water and on and on (while “friends” insinuated nasty things about the horrors of formula). my OB and the lactation consultants from the hospital were encouraging at first and eventually started to tell me “some women just can’t do it”. BS! i knew that there were women in far worse situations than mine that were able to make it happen. and i’d nursed my first baby for a year. so when my son got his first thumbs up regarding his weight at 1 month, i spent the next week hunkered down with him skintoskin, switched to mainly breastfeeding instead of pumping (i still pumped) and my milk supply finally increased and we are still going strong at five months. i am also testament that it is possible!

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By: Camie http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36837 Camie Wed, 12 May 2010 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36837 So glad you stuck with it! I had a similarly frustrating experience with my first and am so grateful I stuck with it. I’m thankful it went smoother with the 2nd. Foolishly, I thought it would just come naturally with the first, so the second time around I was much smater.

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By: Lindsey http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36832 Lindsey Wed, 12 May 2010 17:19:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36832 I love this story! I had a similar experience with my first baby. Unfortunately she never would latch on after being in the NICU. It was so heartbreaking. I ended up pumping for many, many months. And all the advice I got never seemed helpful. I had two great nursers after that and I’m still nursing my 21 month old. It’s nice to hear about women who have struggled with nursing because I feel like that is more the norm than the exception.

Thanks for sharing your story!

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By: bdaiss http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36830 bdaiss Wed, 12 May 2010 17:19:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36830 What a great post! So true that it’s not the natural cake walk we wish it was. And oh the instrument of torment, those pumps. (She says having just finished session one of 2 for the day.) I do wish more gals had the spit, and grit, and spit…er determination you did. But I also wish we women weren’t so judgmental on the issue.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36826 Kate Wed, 12 May 2010 16:58:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36826 I love nursing and have been lucky that it worked out for me, but I do think that one of the greatest failures of the medical establishment, or maybe women generally?, is that so many women go into nursing not realizing how hard it can be at the beginning. And then they think it’s their fault, or that they are doing something “wrong”, when in fact for most people it just takes a while to get the hang of and actually hurts (from soreness) at first. Nursing was not easy for me at first, but it turned out to be great. So I hope your story is read by many other women, so that they know they’re not alone and that often times (though not always), they really can have a great nursing experience if they work through the kinks of the first several weeks. (And that is not to say that it works out for *everyone*, I understand that it does not.)

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By: Adventures In Babywearing http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36825 Adventures In Babywearing Wed, 12 May 2010 16:45:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36825 Incredibly beautiful. I love your words!

Steph

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By: erica richards http://www.designmom.com/2010/05/a-nursing-story-from-lynn-wilson/comment-page-1/#comment-36824 erica richards Wed, 12 May 2010 16:30:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=4292#comment-36824 WOW!!! What a great testimony!! You are an encouragement to all women who have been convinced that ‘they just are not meant to nurse’. POO!! I bet I’m not alone when I say that I, as a fellow woman, I am PROUD of you. And your baby will grow to thank you for never giving up.

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