Kyla - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 100 moms have responded )
Hey moms out there.. This is for all of you who planned on breastfeeding but for some reason or another couldn't. I had planned all along to breastfeed my boy and tried and tried while we were in the hospital, but after a long labor and difficult c section complications came up. My son was born with extremely low blood sugar and needed to be given a bottle before I was even stitched up.. which is where the first complication came from.. he had very early nipple confusion and wouldn't latch to my nipple. I tried pumping but nothing would ever come. I had been given nipple shields and a feeding tube and syringe with formula in it to feed my son that way( what a pain). We kept that up for the week we were in the hospital but by the time we got to come home I just couldn't do it anymore. It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make to give up on trying to breastfeed my newborn, feeling like I was letting him down by settling for formula. I pumped for another week after he was born and my milk just never came in. And I have come to terms with my decision, I don't beat myself up over it. I am doing what is best for my baby even if its not what is "right" according to all the breast is best moms out there. I believe as long as your baby has a full tummy and clothes on his or her back and is loved more than anything in your world you are doing what is right for your own baby. And one day down the road if I have another baby I will try to breastfeed but I will not feel bullied into it..
So moms out there who planned on breastfeeding and couldn't or tried and it wasn't for them let me know your story.