“I wouldn’t sit down, I wouldn’t eat, I wouldn’t let anyone else advocate for her. I stood by her bed and I held her. I hunched over the bed and held her. I was in super mama bear mode.”
Anastasia Campos had a planned homebirth with a midwife in attendance. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter named Vivian. She was awake and active and yet remained very uninterested in breastfeeding her first 24 hours of life. Each time she was brought to the breast, she showed no interest in sucking. This began a very long journey with major breastfeeding struggles. Poor feeds and several bouts of vomiting up any milk she had taken in from a bottle, sent Anastasia and her husband Matt to the hospital with Vivian. This began what turned out to be quite a few months of pumping and bottle feeding. Anastasia spent quite a few months working with Vivian, trying to help her learn how to breastfeed. The night in the hospital and seeing her newborn with tubes and wires, Anastasia talks about feeling scared. She was traumatized and now lacked the confidence that her baby would get enough milk from breastfeeding. She talks about how her emotional health was greatly affected by how hard breastfeeding was. She shares some of her deepest and darkest feelings and how she finally overcame such a difficult start to new motherhood and early breastfeeding and how she came to enjoy breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is so normal for us now and so easy. Vivian is 17 months old now and she nurses 3 or 4 times a day. It is so completely normal and I don’t even think about it much anymore, in the sense of worrying and having it take over my day.
Dr. Agarwal – Phoenix pediatrician – agavepediatrics.com
Book recommendation:HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing – The Mongan Method, 4th Edition
Hypnobirthing Home Study Course, Pt.1 Pregnancy Relaxation and Health
Lesson learned: I realized that I had to keep trying. Breastfeeding was really important to us and I had to keep trying.
Words of Wisdom to the new mother: I was so worried and concerned, I was not eating. I would say to another mother: Eat, you have to eat. You have to eat right now.
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Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC
Lori Jill Isenstadt, IBCLC is a huge breastfeeding supporter. She has spent much of her adult life working in the maternal health field. Once she became turned on to birth and became a childbirth educator, there was no stopping her love of working with families during their childbearing years. Lori became a Birth doula and a Postpartum doula and soon became a lactation consultant. She has been helping moms and babies with breastfeeding for over 25 years. Lori founded her private practice, All About Breastfeeding where she meets with moms one on one to help solve their breastfeeding challenges. She is an international speaker, book author and the host of the popular itunes podcast, All About Breastfeeding, the place where the girls hang out. You can reach Lori by email at: [email protected] or contact her via her website: allaboutbreastfeeding.biz/contact
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