Christina - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 105 moms have responded )
Okay, my child is tongue tied and I have tried everything to get him to latch directly to my breast. He used a nipple guard for a while but as was suspected by the LLL I eventually got to a point where I was almost completely dried up. I have been pumping for him since this point because it does keep my milk supply up just enough to feed him EXACTLY the amount he usually eats. However, my doctor and pediatrician have reccommended that I get put on fenugreek to increase my milk supply. This way I can stock up and have milk on hand for when I'm not here and at school. However, I was recently told by another mom who isn't a breastfeeding mom that I am not technically a breastfeeding mom because he isn't attached to my breast. I have given it all I have to get him to latch and gotten all the help and medical attention we could possibly receive. What she said really made me feel bad but at the same time I feel like I am going above and beyond what most mothers are willing to do in order to insure that my child receives the best thing for him, my breast milk. Am I wrong or is it okay for me to still consider myself a breastfeeding mom and continue with my advocacy towards the subject? I just don't want to see my other friends, many who are young like myself and some even younger, give up on breastfeeding because it hurts or is "hard", especially when I am going to such extremes for my son...