Six days ago, my daughter came into the world with her eyes wide open, alert and screaming her head off. After two long years of trying to conceive, heartbreaking loss and finally a successful pregnancy, she was here. I had an amazing birth experience and my daughter and I enjoyed skin-to-skin contact for over an hour as soon as she was born. Because of this, she was able to breastfeed moments after birth! I also like to think she was such a champion because she had no drugs in her system. That's right kids, no epidural. It was the best thing I've ever done and I knew I made the right choice when I looked into her bright eyes and she met my gaze, like she knew me and had been waiting for this moment just as long as I had.
Not only was her rooting reflex in full effect, this little girl has an amazing suck reflex too! Gosh, six days into this and I'm already the bragging mom. I don't care – I'd only read about these things and to see it in action, to participate – it was the best moment of my life. I won't lie, that first latch was unbelievably painful and I prayed that it wouldn't be like that forever. The reflexes may be there, but we're still working on technique. Thankfully, I had the help of some great lactation consultants in the hospital and I've even had a home visit so I know we'll get the hang of it soon.
I was nervous I wouldn't be able to do it. I was worried my milk wouldn't come in, that she would have tongue-tie, that she wouldn't be able to latch, that it would be too painful or that some other mysterious ailment would befall us. I'm so happy to report that we have been more than successful! We still have work to do because she can get quite enthusiastic which is murder on the ol' nipples, but we're doing it! I'm actually breastfeeding! My heart swells with pride when I see her little chin take long swallows and I know that because of me, she's got all the nourishment she needs. It's the most important thing I've ever done and I've never been happier to step up to the task.
With that said, I must attend to a hungry little girl that knows what she wants and that's okay because I know that I've got it!