Dallas - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
My name is Dallas and I'm a first time mom. I am 24...I had my baby girl at 36 weeks, her name is Lexi Rayne. We had a big ordeal in the hospital, we where there for 8 days. Lexi's umbilical cord was infected, she had to be under the billy ruben light for about 48 hrs, and had a gavage tube for 24hrs. I really wanted to breast feed, but the hospital gave her a bottle right away. And each time she was feeding (in the icn she wasn't even in our room) I would off my breast first then top her with the bottle. Well I was told that I was exhausting her too much and was threatened that if she kept losing weight that they were going to have to gavage her. So like any scared mother I didn't want to see a tube going down my baby's nose, I just kept pumping and gave her breast milk in a bottle. The nurses were horrendous to deal with, very pushy! I was sent 2 1/2 hrs away from my home town (because they were understaffed and couldn't deliver my baby) to a hospital where I had to wait 6 hrs to be induced because they were understaffed. (What a joke) Anyway my experience was not a very good first time! And I hope my second experience I will be able to have my baby in my own home town, with no problems. Oh yeah I am able to breast feed exclusively now!!!!! Lexi was bottled for the first five weeks of her life and it took a really extremely difficult week of not giving up on breast feeding, it was stressful for the both of us...but she hasn't had a bottle in 24 days, YAY! Anyway that's part of my story.