Daddy’s arms. Since day one my Arly has spent more time in James’ arms than mine. And I’ve made perfect peace with that. Here’s why.
I was adamant about breastfeeding this baby boy as long as I possibly could. I didn’t wait 36 long years of heartbreakingly never believing I’d be able to conceive my own baby to not breastfeed him. I gobbled up all the information and advice about breastfeeding that I could gather. Little did I know this would become our biggest obstacle upon giving birth. Three days old and a single first night alone with us after arriving home from the hospital, I desperately tried to breastfeed my hysterically crying baby all night. The next day, our pediatrician confirmed that Arly was losing weight rapidly. He was starving, actually. And breastfeeding was excruciating. I’m not saying that to scare anyone — I’m telling you because I was told that it was not normal to feel pain and that I was just being “sensitive” because I was a new mom. I went to two other lactation consultants (who basically told me that I was new-mom exaggerating our symptoms) before finding our third-times-a-charm IBCLC who took one look at his mouth and immediately diagnosed the issue. His physician confirmed tongue tie. His was so severe, Dr. Ghaheri’s office said they could get us in for a frenotomy the next day. We opted for a local procedure with a pediatrician we trusted (if you’re in Bend, we adore Dr. Kristi Nix). His tongue tie was clipped and we began painful mouth stretches for weeks while I spent every three hours pumping (i.e. 2 hour breaks only) for an hour to produce STILL not enough milk for his feedings. So Arlyss was in James’ arms for bottle feedings of my breastmilk while I pumped non-stop. His bond with his daddy is so strong and special because of this.
Soon I discovered Legendairy Milk supplements and began trying combinations of everything they had. They’ve allowed me to continue BFing my baby and helped me fight for my milk supply when I didn’t have a chance. So I want to give one of my followers a bottle of Liquid Gold! Enter to win: Follow @legendairymilk and @kristy.fountain. Tag a mama friend here. Winner will be chosen at random.