Oh bottle, how I loathe you! You stole my baby from our snugly nursing cuddles with your oh, so easy flow...
OK, I'm exaggerating. It's all my fault and this is my biggest regret as a Mother. I introduced the bottle way too early. Like at 1 1/2 months of age early. Also keep in mind that I'm a stay at home Mom. I had no reason to introduce a bottle. Ugh, I'm shaking my head at myself right now...
I've always known that I wanted to breastfeed. I never considered using formula. What I didn't know what just how difficult breastfeeding could be. I did everything right. As soon as Connor was born he came right to me and we snuggled for a bit, he was weighed, checked, etc and then I asked the nurse NOT to wrap him in his blanket so we could lay skin to skin. I encouraged him to nurse. No go. Over the next day I encouraged more. No go, again. After 3 lactation consultants none of them could get him to latch until we tried a nipple shield which I was baffled by because (sorry, TMI) but I don't have flat or inverted nipples but hey, it worked so we used it. The LC encouraged me to slowly phase it out but C refused to nurse without it. He just couldn't latch. We tried and tried. So it became a necessary accessory to our nursing sessions and that was ok.
The main problems arose when I started thinking too much (as they usually do.)
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