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Sweet Pea Births

Chandler, Arizona

Sweet Pea Births

...celebrating every swee​t pea their birth


In Their Own Words: Rachel

Posted on August 21, 2015 at 7:09 AM

I didn't nurse very long - 8 months with my daughter, 12 months with my son (although still using breast milk in a bottle from 12 months until the freezer stash runs out because he started taking a bottle at 12 months due to medical reasons).

The biggest help was seeing a lactation consultant. I think everyone should see one, starting in the hospital! I usually ask for one right away, but for my second, following up months later was the best thing I ever could have done. 

At 9 months, my doctor felt I should supplement my son. When I went to the lactation consultant, she spent extra time with me and determined my son WAS gaining weight after eating, and he was just a slow eater. She encouraged me to just let him graze instead of force ounces on him. 

I think having a lactation consultant and having friends who also breastfeed or pump helps keep you going and helps you to not give up. With my firstborn, my friend and I had "pumping parties" in my cubicle and she kept me going because it was just what we did. Although I quit far earlier than I wanted due to stress, she was able to feed her son until he was 2, and supplement breast milk for my daughter. Having help is key!!

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