My name is Sarah Marie. My son’s name is Major. He is 8 months old currently but he is 4 months old in all the photos.
Before I became a mother, breastfeeding was out of sight, out of mind. I really didn’t have an opinion about it-good or bad.
I didn’t choose to breastfeed. Breastfeeding chose me. If that makes any sense at all.
When I looked at my first born laid on my chest something clicked..the nurses cleaned her off and I right away I said, “When Can I Breastfeed Her?” , they said “right now” and she latched perfectly. Not everybody has a wonderful story like that but same with my son, Major, he latched perfectly and we are still BF strong and he is 8 months old.
One thing I did noticed while at the hospital when my daughter Kiana was born, though, was she kept throwing up and the nurses told me that was normal to have a little reflux. I brought her home and she nursed great. But still would severely reflux. Spitting up out her nose and choking on spit up. This went on for a few weeks when I made up in my mind it must be my breast milk and gave her some formula to see if she could handle it better. I was really confused thinking my milk was too thin. She wasn’t gaining good weight and was really fussy. So at her first pediatric appointment at a month old her doctor suggested adding rice cereal to her formula to thicken it and told me she should hold her milk down better. So I went from nursing exclusively to nursing 50% of the time and the other 50% of the time giving her formula with rice cereal. Little did I know, that would be the beginning of the end of our breastfeeding relationship.
She still had severe acid reflux so at her 2 month old checkup the doctor gave me a sample of Enfamil AR(formula specifically for babies with acid reflux) and see if that helps. By then, my supply had diminished and soon after she was fed 100% of the time Enfamil AR. The acid reflux still did not stop. So on her 4 month old checkup the doctor put her on an acid reflux medicine and a combo of the medicine and Enfamil AR helped a lot. By the time she was 8 months old she had completely stopped spitting up and I started weaning her off the medicine. Looking back on the situation, if only I had the medical advice and support I needed I would have nursed her well after 2 months.
My son, Major, has acid reflux now, we are breastfeeding strong at 8 months old and he just started the acid reflux medicine a couple months ago and is doing great. We have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
My favorite thing I love about nursing is the convenience of night nursing..a combo of safe co sleeping and night nursing allows me to get plenty of sleep. The piece of mind knowing that my baby is getting my milk which is always sterile is great too. Also, I LOVE gazing in my baby’s eyes..and then he looks at me and we have a stare down contest while he’s nursing, then he cracks a smile..its special beyond words…