Chantelle - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am a breastfeeding mother and am very passionate about breastfeeding every baby. However i am sad that hospitals do not support it as well as they should. I have only two hospital near me one 15 mins away and one 45 mins. I went to the one 45 mins away because they claimed to be very strong on encoraging natural birth and breastfeeding. Whilst i did have a natural birth no drugs (not even gas). I was very upset about the way they treated me when it came to breastfeeding.
My little girl was born a day prem (36.6 weeks) and weight 2.25kg (4 lb 15 oz). She had trouble attaching and i was told she didn't have her suckle reflex. I was a first time mother and after trying to feed her for the first time the nurse told me it wasn't working and she was given formular. Within 5 hours after she was born she was taken to the nursery to be given a drip and antibiotics because i had Group B Streptococcus, she was small and prem. It was all just a precaution, there was nothing wrong with her.
I was told i could not "try" and breastfeed everytime because she was small and tired. This was extremely stressful for me my new baby was taken from me and i was so passionate on breastfeeding and felt like i couldn't. For the first 62 hours of my childs life every 3 hours (routined by the nursery) i would "try" and feed her (every second feed), then give her a bottle of the colosseum that i managed to express and then top her up with formular. Then go back to my room in tears as i tried to express more. I had heaps of colosseum to begin with but due to stress everytime i went to express i would express less and less until one time i tried and nothing come out. I was in tears and depressed for the first 3 days of my daughters life.
It wasn't until the time i expressed nothing that i grew a back bone and told the nurses that I WOULD TRY AND BREASTFEED EVERYTIME IT WAS TIME TO FEED HER!!! Within 12 hours after that she was off the formular and feeding directly from me. I feel that if i didn't get the courage that i wouldn't be breastfeeding today. I am very annoyed that the hospital didn't encourage me to feed her, express with my baby next to me, encourage skin to skin time.
I am very upset with my whole hospital experience (after labour) and was wondering if anyone else had similar problems?