Part 2 of my breastfeeding series is about my personal experience breastfeeding my singleton. I am sharing my experience, so that in Part 3, the differences between breastfeeding my twins and singleton can be explored.
M, my singleton, was born at 38.5 weeks. He was healthy and able to stay in our room throughout our stay in the hospital. Overall the labor, delivery, and recovery from the pregnancy was pretty standard. He latched on the second attempt at the hospital and had a very strong suck. These are all things that were very much in my favor for being able to successfully breastfeed. However, breastfeeding was still hard, with the first 2 weeks being the most difficult.
The First Two Weeks
The #1 reason I found breastfeeding to be difficult was after the first few days it became very painful. The main cause was my baby did not have the proper latch because his lower lip would turn inward instead of outward. I found this out by meeting with a lactation consultant at our pediatrician’s office. Even with the help of lactation I really struggled in the first few weeks. I found it hard to see if the latch was correct. I had spent about a week with a bad latch causing my nipples to bleed, which is very painful. On top of this, when your milk comes in your breasts become engorged. This means your breasts are hard and this is also painful.
I was in enough pain that I would have breakdowns and cry because I was nervous about the pain during the next feeding. However, with good advice from the lactation consultants, and a little ibuprofen and patience, I was able to work towards a good latch. Eventually the pain went away, making breastfeeding a much more enjoyable experience.
The Rest Of The Story
That is my breastfeeding experience with my singleton, in a nutshell. My singleton is 5 months old now and I continue to breastfeed him. He gets a small portion of formula (maximum 1 bottle/day) in his diet, due to me going back to work.
On a side note, earlier in the post I mentioned lactation services at our pediatrician’s office. It has been wonderful to have access to these services at the pediatrician. If you find an office that offers this option, it’s a huge bonus. I met with them numerous times after each pregnancy and it was always extremely helpful.
Update on 01/09/18: I officially breastfed M for the last time on Saturday. I had started the weaning process when he turned 1 in November. However, I don’t think either of us were ready to completely stop. I decided I would continue with one breastfeeding session per day until it seemed like the right time to stop. Over the last week or two I noticed M would be very distracted during feeds. This is the main reason I decided to stop. It went smoothly and everyone is happy. I’m glad I decided to continue breastfeeding until the time was right for both me and him to stop.
For More Information
If you are looking for more information on breastfeeding, kellymom is a very popular breastfeeding site and that’s because it has a lot of great tips and advice: http://kellymom.com.
To find out the major differences I experienced between breastfeeding twins and breastfeeding a singleton, click here.
To read about my experience breastfeeding preterm twins, click here.