Thanks for hopping over from Princess Poet blog and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 1 The Start of My Journey sponsored by Boobie Milk who are providing a £50 voucher and Cherub Chews who are offering a breastfeeding necklace for our Grand Prize winner. Entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
The start of my breastfeeding journey wasn’t the easiest.
Eliza was born at 36 weeks by emergency section. She was placed on me for immediate skin to skin but was very sleepy and had no interest in latching. Because she was premature, the midwives helped me to hand express some colostrum to get into her, which we hoped would stabilise her blood sugars and wake her up to feeding. Sadly, this isn’t how it worked, and she remained very sleepy. So we keep expressing, every couple of hours, getting small amounts of the liquid gold for her.
Over the next few hours, Eliza’s blood sugars were tested every 3 hours – her poor little heels were black and blue from the blood tests. Her sugar levels just dropped and dropped and there was talk of special care and formula top ups. I was devastate, but a wonderful maternity support worker came to my rescue. She encouraged me to keep putting Eliza to the breast while we expressed, she helped me to get a good latch, and she advised breast milk top ups rather than formula. So that’s what we did. Ever so slowly, Eliza’s blood sugar readings crept up, and she woke more and more often, looking for a feed. My heart filled with hope that we could do this.
And we did.
It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t free from stress. Eliza’s latch wasn’t perfect and I struggled with positioning after my caesarean, but with support and encouragement we were both declared well enough to leave the hospital. Over the next few days, it took Eliza a while to gain weight, but by day 14 she was back up to her birth weight and we were discharged from midwife care.
I won’t pretend it was easy, I won’t pretend it was the way I wanted it to be. But breastfeeding a premature or sick baby can be done, and the sense of achievement is overwhelming.
Following on from my journey, please do hop over to Milk and Mummy to see how her journey began and be in with more chances to enter the grand prize draw. Remember you need to earn 50 points to be eligible, full details can be found on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Site.