Where to begin...............I have had two completely different experiences with breastfeeding one was kind of a nightmare and the other is still going really easy. When my son was born I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but what I got when I was nursing with him made me terrified to ever nurse again but I did. We thought that my son was doing so well at first with breastfeeding but the day we were going to be discharged from the hospital to take our sweet little boy home the doctors came in and told us that he had lost a total of 11oz and that we should monitor his eating. I was devastated, I guess he just wasn't latching properly and wasn't getting nearly enough to eat. I had to exclusively pump for him and sometimes supplement with a little bit of formula, that was the worst I had to get up about every 2-3 hours just to pump and when he would get up in the middle of the night I had to give him a bottle and then pump. Sometimes I just wanted to throw my pump across the room and go to bed. As a first time mom I wish I would have known that it is very important to buy a very nice breast pump instead of just a $60 one. Around 2 weeks of being home I had this excruciating pain in the left side of my boob, I couldn't even carry my son on that side it hurt so bad. I went to my ob and he said I had mastitis and prescribed an antibiotic, little did I know that antibiotic wasn't strong enough and the mastitis just kept getting worse. When I went back I was in so much pain and it was red and swollen. They sent me to the hospital to have an ultrasound, we had to wait in the waiting room for what felt like hours to hear if they were going to admit me into the hospital. Finally the call came in and sure enough I had to go in and have surgery. Our hospital stay was for two nights, I had to sleep there without my sweet little 3 week old baby I remember a lot of tears that's for sure. Luckily we live close to both of our families and Kaden stayed with my mom for those two nights. The surgery I had to have was so they could go in and as gross as this sounds they had to go and drain the abscess that was in there I'll spare all the gory details of the healing process and what not. We did end up getting this breast pump and it was a life saver I highly recommend the medela. I exclusively pumped for him for 6 months a lot of people said I was crazy but I wanted him to have breast milk for as long as possible. I hope someone learns from that and buys a nice breast pump because the first one I had wasn't getting all of the milk out and that is what caused the mastitis. I did try a few more times once we were home to actually nurse him but he just never latched on right. If that happens to you don't let it get you down it is actually more common then you think. Remember nothing really ever goes as planned I know this was definitely not in my plan.
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