Everyone is asking me if I am going to breastfeed. I was actually looking forward to breastfeeding kaya and I had a pretty rocky start. In the hospital I had to have the lactation consultant come by about 3 times.I was very concerned that I wasn’t producing any colostrum but the lactation consultant squeezed my boobs in a magical way and I expressed some immediately. Try as I might, I am totally unable to express with my hands. I don’t know why self expression is so hard for me but I have just given up. My milk came in a day later than it did last time. That was also a big concern for me but once my breasts got crazy huge I knew my milk was coming soon.
Kaya was a decent latcher from day one. For some reason she is much better on my left breast then my right. We still have a little bit of trouble getting her latched on immediately to my right breast but she’s getting better each day. I breastfeed on demand or on request as I like to say.
She really throws me for a loop sometimes because there are times she will chug for 15 minutes straight on one breast and times she will just snack for 3 minutes. She gulps a lot of air though, and I’m unsure how to get her to chill out and not be a guzzle gut.
Burping her is the dreadful part. This girl does not want to burp… she’d rather keep the gas inside and then cry. So…we are totally going to fight.
I really dislike pumping, but I’m going to have to start building up a stash of expressed milk if I want to have any type of life not tethered to this lil shark.
Overall nursing kaya is great I love the bonding that I was starting to miss after weaning Rohan. OMG I just realized that this time last year I was nursing Rohan and now I’m nursing a brand new baby. YIKES
I re-read my favorite breastfeeding book and I feel really good about going for a full year nursing Kaya. Let’s see how we do!
Did you breastfeed? How long did you last before weaning?