Breastfeeding a Crazy Rollercoaster of Emotions
Sometimes a mom is unable to breastfeed, especially a first time mom with little experience with breastfeeding, or a first time mom stressing over every aspect of their breastfeeding relationship. The stress of it all can sometimes be too much on mom, and therefore the breastfeeding relationship she yearned to have is over, sooner than planned.
This doesn’t mean that the second time around mama won’t be able to breastfeed, each situation is unique to that baby. A lot of the times a mother can actually be more optimistic the second time around. She also has more experience. The most important thing is to not be too hard on yourself and with the right support, you will be able to handle the outcome, whatever it may be..
Katie’s story is the perfect example of this. Although her first baby wasn’t able to breastfeed, her 2nd baby was completely different and took right to nursing. Although with the 2nd time around, it brought a whole array of problems not expected and unlike the first. This is story of a mom’s fierce determination and finding a whole community of support to help her through the tough situations that sometimes come along with breastfeeding. This is also a story of how one mom was willing to make sacrifices, just to make sure that her 2nd time breastfeeding was a success, and not only give her breastmilk to her daughter, but also help other moms, sometimes complete strangers by donating her breastmilk to help their babies.
Heart Hero Daughter, Milk Hero Mom (Christine & Rory)
Have you ever heard the saying real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles? In this case that couldn’t be more true! What’s even more true is she is the daughter of a real superhero, a superhero mom that no matter what the scenario her daughter Rory was in or going through, heart surgeries,complications, feeding issues and more, she focused on one very important aspect of their journey from the beginning, hope, hope that one day she would be able to give her daughter the best, the best comfort and bonding relationship, by breastfeeding.
In almost all cases the nutritive benefits of breastmilk can make a big difference, especially in a medically complex case. What some don’t know is that it’s not just the nutrition that baby is receiving through her specially unique designed breastmilk, but also mommy and baby are releasing a hormone called Oxytocin, the hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain is also known as the cuddle or love hormone. This is what produces that lovey dovey feeling you have while breastfeeding or even while holding baby skin to skin. Oxytocin is also responsible for let down and for the bonding you feel while breastfeeding. That bonding feeling in itself can sometimes make all the difference, especially with our heart kiddos after heart surgery. This is a story of an amazing fight not only in Rory, but in Christine as well.
Bridget or better known as Rycker's mommy. Loves being a full time mommy, but she is also a full time writer. No matter if she's writing for Rycker:the ups and Downs, Serving ALL Moms|The Breastfeeding Mommy or an article for another blog or publication, she's happiest when helping others, especially moms. She can be found taking long strolls, no wait this isn't a personal ad, she can be found with a coffee in her hand, trying to keep her eyes open while chasing after her 1 year old almost crawler!