First Days Home

Nancy Horn

Posted By: Nancy Horn

After struggling with breastfeeding my first two children, I'm extremely optimistic about a more successful experience with my third and hope to make it to at least six months.

My third child, Skylar Reese, was born on Thursday, August 12. My red-headed, blue eyed boy was born via c-section and I only got to see him for a few minutes before I went into recovery. An hour or so after I was moved into a room, I finally got to bond with him. I put him on my breast as soon as possible and tried to get him to latch on. I wasn't surprised when it took him a while – I had been expecting that. I knew I had some colostrum and I wanted to started on our breastfeeding journey as soon as possible – knowing that we would have some bumps in the road.

For the last 3 ½ years I've been a children and maternity product reviewer – so I came armed with everything I thought I'd need to help – I had my favorite nursing tea, nursing pillow, nipple creams, Soothies gel pads.... and of course, I had immediately asked to see the hospital lactation consultant (though I didn't get to see her until the next morning).

For the next three days, I thought things were off to a good start. I worked with the lactation consultants and nurses but my nipples started getting really sore and Skylar fell asleep while nursing a lot. I thought he was getting colostrum. By Saturday afternoon, the pediatrician and another lactation consultant came in to talk to me separately. Skylar was losing too much weight - over 10% of his birthweight, just like my second child did when she was born and hey wanted me to supplement. I really didn't want to, but the weight loss was making me nervous. So I gave a little formula reluctantly, really hoping this wasn't going to be a regular thing. The LC was supportive and assured me that it didn't have to derail my breastfeeding efforts - my milk was going to come in and I could stop supplementing. They brought me a hospital grade breast pump, but I wasn't able to pump that much. I still nursed, but would add around 1 oz of formula every time. He started gaining weight back, but I was discouraged a little that my milk still hadn't come in by the time I left the hospital on Monday. But I was going to keep going.

When I got home, things got crazy. I have an almost-5-year-old and a 2½-year-old who missed me and I was in pain. But kids don't know that and I started trying to take care of them, like I usually do – but Skylar was now in the mix. The next day, I was trying to do too much and I tore my incision and I had to go back to my doctor. When they told me I needed to have a nurse come everyday for the next two days to change my dressing, I was shocked. My husband, who luckily was off from work for another two weeks, made me sit on the couch and not move. It actually turned out to be a positive because all I was supposed to do was to rest and take care of the baby. That meant I could concentrate on nursing Skylar and my son and daughter could still be around me. The Bris was the day after that, and then things calmed down and I went back to the couch. Luckily, I healed better than expected and the nurse stopped a week after that.

But that gets us to our next diary post – this baby is hungry, can I keep up with him?

12:00pm on Monday October 18
1 comment


Brittany Allred
12:57pm on Thursday February 24

Those first days are so hard and I know first hand how frustrating it is when your milk doesn't come in soon enough.

| | Share
Sign up for the Bravado newsletter


Kara: Breastfeeding Twins
Follow Kara: Breastfeeding Twins
Read More
Jessica: Momma Gone City
Follow Jessica: Momma Gone City
Read More
Emily: DesignHER Momma
Follow Emily: DesignHER Momma
Read More
Kate: The Shopping Mama - View from a multi-tasking mama
Follow Kate: The Shopping Mama - View from a multi-tasking mama
Read More
Kathryn: Candid Insights From the Corner Office
Follow Kathryn: Candid Insights From the Corner Office
Read More

Our Resource Library

Find all you need at your finger tips.
Go to Resource Library

Be the first to know! Sign up to receive special offers, exclusive insider access to new products and content that supports you through pregnancy and nursing.

*First Name:
*Email Address:
*Baby's Due/Birth Date:
*Yes, I'd like to receive your e-newsletter with offers, special
promotions, contests and insider access to new products and
breastfeeding tips.
Items marked with * are required.