As THRUSH burns my breasts, I read these posts to remind me of how wonderful it is to be able to BF, despite all the setbacks I have encountered, including this latest onset of flesh-eating yeast (at least it FEELS flesh eating
) The only non-hassle part of BF for us was DD's latch. I am so thankful we never had to struggle with that! On the other hand, we have struggled with low weight gain in the beginning, severe sleepy suck baby (no wakey for supper), bad PPD & other
emotions tied in to BF, extreme fussiness at the breast, lots of plugged ducts, now thrush, not to mention the pressure i have been under to FF from friends.
Have been working on new BF friends for support.
.... BUT despite the chalenges we have faced, DD and I have such a wonderful bond that I truly owe in part to BF. It really does bond you to your baby. BF has done so much for us. It is so rewarding to know that I am providing DD with the best stuff available to her - my milk!!! And I am the only one who can give it to her, which makes me feel very special (always nice to feel special!). And, its SO rewarding to reach goals...
6 months ago, I was miserable BF'ing. It was so so hard and such a huge struggle. Everyone told me to stop, that I needed to reclaim my sanity. But I really, really desired the best for DD and I set small goals... First, it was 2 weeks. As 2 weeks approached, I was so happy to reach the goal, that I set another to make it till 6 weeks. Then 3 months. Then 6 months. AND HERE WE ARE!!!! And can I just say that it feels SO GOOD to be here?!?
Oh, and BTW, BF is SO MUCH BETTER NOW... I think around 4 months is when I started to realize, "hey, this isn't so bad!" And DD must have agreed with me as the fussiness at the breast came to an abrupt halt.
If anyone is reading this who is having trouble, my advice would be to set small goals, realize that formula does not mean you have failed (DD has had occasional formula bottles), and to take what others around you say in contradiction to what you want for you & your baby with a grain of salt!
So, I want to set another goal for myself: 1 year.... Here we go, thrush and all!!!!