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Breastfeeding Success!! ~ Chandra's Story
by Chandra Spencer

Both my mother and grandmother nursed their children, even when it was a "taboo" thing to do at the time. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I read everything I could about breastfeeding and attended a breastfeeding class through the local WIC office. My daughter was born in August of 1998, rooting for the breast. I'm happy to say that she nursed like a champ 15 minutes after she was born. However, during our first 12 hours, I discovered that I was having an awful time trying to nurse her on my left side. I just couldn't get her to latch on and holding her felt so awkward! Thanks to a wonderful lactation nurse at the hospital, I was able to nurse her by lying down until we got the hang of everything.

I was committed to nurse until a year at least, but I had to go back to work when my daughter was six weeks old. I rented a wonderful Medela pump and started "practicing" when she was two weeks and used the special Medela nipples to discourage any nipple confusion. So that's the way it went: I would pump twice at work, and visit my daughter during my lunch hour to nurse her. We're still nursing and pumping to this day, and she's 11 months old!

I'm so thankful for the support of both my mother and grandmother for supporting me in this adventure. Even though I've had to deal with thrush and worries about my supply, my daughter is still nursing like a champ with no end in sight! Thank goodness!

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