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Breastfeeding Success!! ~ Sandra's Story
 by Sandra Pratt

I am a first time mom, and I knew nothing of breastfeeding when I had my baby but I knew I wanted to give it a try. In the hospital things seemed to start off great until Joshua was in a screaming frantic rage and wouldn't latch so the nurses convinced me to supplement with formula through a tube on my breast. It was tricky, but in the end it worked.

I had Joshua by cesarean so my fourth day was the day I went home. Later that night I was engorged!! I live in a rural community so of course there is no weekend support for new mothers. After five hours of trying to wake and feed Joshua and calm his frantic screams, I was supplementing again. My husband was out to get me a pump at the first signs of light and things started to get better.

A few days later I was feeling a little feverish so I took a Tylenol and went to bed and you guessed it, mastitis. Of course I had no idea what it was and didn't get treatment right away and developed an abscess. Finally with the blues I cried my way to the nearest walk-in clinic to get antibiotics and had the public health nurse over to my house. I pumped and pumped the infected breast and nothing would come out so I found myself feeding Joshua off one breast only. In my tired state late at night, latched Joshua very poorly and he ripped a chunk out of my nipple. After ten days of nursing on one sore nipple, the abscess finally broke down and as I was pumping, blood and puss and milk flowed out of my infected breast and I have never been more relieved.

I started to nurse on both breasts again and it was nice to give the one breast with the sore nipple rest until, I got Mastitis in the second breast. At this point I was more than ready to give up on this whole breastfeeding thing but with everything I had been though, it would have been for nothing so I continued on.

I got a prescription for my sore cracked infected nipples and went faithful to the breastfeeding clinic every Tuesday and Thursday. I must say, without the support of my friends, nurses and lactation consultants I wouldn't be breastfeeding today. Joshua was seven weeks old when I first looked down at him, with a big sigh, smiled and felt good about breastfeeding him. Before that it was more of an obligation to do the right thing but now I enjoy it. I hope that at least one person will read this and make up their mind to not quit! And stick it out because it does get better! There is no feeling like it in the whole world!!

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