“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
I have shared the beginning of my breastfeeding journey in the past. It started a little bumpy when we welcomed our first child into the world at 34 weeks. I was going to breastfeed, I hadn’t considered another option. My mother breastfed all five of her children without complications and I had decided that even with returning to work, I would breastfeed no matter what I had to do.
You see, with your first, you really have no idea that things don’t always turn out the way you plan. Life sometimes throws you a curve ball and you have to learn to bend. Austin was born, after I had been in labor for 6 1/2 days. Since I was early, the local hospital tried to stop my labor, but that was a disaster and I was taken to UAMS, about 2 1/2 hours away. That saved Austin’s life and mine as well. He had already dropped so I felt like I was squishing him and I was. The poor little guy was born, I got to kiss his head and he was whisked away. I was left sobbing if he would be okay. They called him a trauma baby and he looked like he had been through the ringer.
When I mentioned breastfeeding the nurse in the delivery room put her arm on my shoulder and gave it a little squeeze. She kindly told me it likely would be quite some time before he would be able to nurse, but they would help guide me so I could successfully pump my milk for him. It took several hours for them to finish taking care of me and my complications before I could even see him. He was resilient. It was less than 24 hours later that we were able to try to breastfeed. We were not successful, he struggled and being so small already they were very concerned about his weight. I started pumping with the help of the team at the hospital. When I was discouraged buy the amounts I was getting the first few days, they were so kind, so reassuring and encouraging.
Fast forward eight years (six of them spent nursing and pumping) and I have learned so much! Each child and breastfeeding experience is different. Each one has it’s own challenges and rewards. During the time I breastfed my first child, my breast pump became my bestie. She came with me everywhere. My team at work called her Bessie. Even though I struggled with being away from my son at work, I felt so good at being able to provide my milk for him.
I am now at work at home mom of four! My last bundle of joy (bonus baby) arrived October 15th. I had really thought our family was complete but I was wrong. I had donated my pump thinking I wouldn’t need it again. About 5 days after Caleb was born I knew I was wrong. Dead wrong! I used a hand-pump for a couple of weeks. They are loads of work, ya’ll. Seriously work! When I pulled my Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast P from the box I almost cried. Even being a stay at home mom, I have found the need to pump regularly.
From my own experience, I learned the need to be comfortable when I pumped. When it hurts or is painful, we are less likely to stick with it. There was a learning curve for me to use my new pump, but I quickly got the hang of it. More so, I fell in love with the Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump. I now know why it is called the comfort! No more leaning forward, you can comfortable sit back, almost recline a little while you pump. The cups are not nearly as rigid as others, they are soft and more flexible. It makes sense that the more relaxed you are, the more milk you pump. The soft cushion mimics the baby’s natural sucking motion so it stimulates easy milk let-down. Another cool feature, you pump right into the bottles!
I have had the Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump for several weeks now and I am so happy and relieved in more ways than one 😉 You moms know what I mean. It is so lightweight that even if I had to take it with me on the go, it all fits perfectly into the black bag to be very discreet.
Since breastfeeding sadly isn’t the norm, having someone or somewhere to turn to for help and guidance is key to success! I firmly believe I wouldn’t have made it through my first month without all the patience and guidance from those NICU nurses and the lactation consultant.
When you start breastfeeding don’t be afraid to reach out with questions or ask for help! If you don’t have someone close to you, there are lots of groups online. I firmly believe finding a support system is the key to successful breastfeeding.