Breastfeeding: It Takes A Village
Breastfeeding: It Takes A Village
I didn’t know much about being a mother before Hudson was born, but one thing I did know was that I wanted to breast feed. I remember as soon as he was born they put him on my chest and told me to breastfeed him and I panicked. It was all well and good to know what I wanted him to do, but I didn’t have a clue how to get him to do it.
I spent three long days in the hospital with every midwife, lactation consultant, and doctor they had trying to get Hudson to latch. I stayed up all night expressing colostrum into a syringe so that I could feed him. I used hospital pumps, manual pumps, and expressed until my hands ached but my sweet boy just couldn’t figure out his latch. At the time I felt like a failure. I remember crying in the hospital bed not wanting to call for a midwife again but knowing that I had to. I remember watching them correct his latch and holding onto their every word with hopes that the next time would be the time we would get it right without their help. I remember feeling hopeless.
Those first few weeks were long and painful and there were so many times I wanted to give up. So many times where I needed help but didn’t know who to ask. I was a young mom and didn’t have a support system around to help me understand that what I was experiencing was normal. Not to mention the hormones and exhaustion that come with the territory.
I am so glad that I was able to persevere and ultimately breastfeed Hudson until he was 20 months, but looking back, I wish I had someone in my court cheering me on. Now that I’m pregnant with baby number two and I know how daunting the process can be, I have looked into help with options for helping my breastfeeding journey with my little one to be as seamless as possible. I don’t want to feel alone and guilty. I don’t want to struggle in silence.
I want to feel empowered.
Happy Family has created a platform for new (or experienced) moms who need a little extra help in their breastfeeding journey. They offer infant feeding support by their Happy Mama Milk Mentors, lactation consultants and Cornell-Certified Nutritionists from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. Oh how I wish this was available all those days and nights when I was crying by myself trying to get Hudson to latch.What I would have done to hear another mom say, “Girl, you are not alone. We have all been there. This too shall pass.”
They are available to support you emotionally and physically and the best part is that they are all moms, just like us. They say it takes a village to raise a baby and Happy Family is doing their part to provide you with a support system so that you can make the best feeding decisions for your baby. Their experts will chat to you about everything from breastfeeding to supplementing to formula feeding so you never feel judged or unsure in your decisions.
No new mom should spend those first precious weeks feeling anxious and guilty about breastfeeding. Let Happy Family be your village.
If you are a new mom or expecting your first baby and curious about feeding options available or want to talk to a lactation specialist who can help prepare you for feeding your new infant, I urge you to check out their website and take a few minutes to read through the information they have available! I did and i’m so so glad because even as a mom of a toddler, I learned so much I didn’t know.
For more information about their infant feeding support platform, click HERE.
Having a baby is the most amazing experience and shouldn’t be hindered by how you ultimately choose to feed them. You have to do what is best for you and your baby. I hope you enjoy this platform and the amazing resources it provides as much as I do!