Little Brother N lay in my arms screaming at me to feed him; desperately pleading with me to give him what he wanted. I tried to remain calm and rely on the different ideas and tools I had read about or learned while nursing our older son for more than 14 months. I used a soothing voice and tried to coax him to me. When I switched sides, he still wasn’t interested. When I moved positions, he looked at me like I was the worst mom in the world. After what felt like hours but was likely a handful of minutes, I gave in and offered him a bottle. He settled in and smiled at me with his eyes. Continue reading
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I’m taking a step back in time to talk about N’s tongue-tie. First, I want to introduce tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia. According to the Mayo Clinic, tongue-tie is a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion due to an unusually short, thick, band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethering the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. There are varying levels of severity and the need to correct the condition, through a frenectomy procedure, is based on each individual situation and doctor’s recommendation. Basically, the frenectomy procedure consists of numbing the mouth, clipping the tissue attaching the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, and cauterizing it to stop the bleeding. I have read that tongue-tie is more common in boys than girls and that it does run in families. Interestingly, my niece was tongue-tied and I was lip-tied. There are all several kinds of tissue ties that occur in the mouth. If you are concerned your child might have one, contact your doctor or dentist.
Nursing our son was one of the most wonderful experiences I encountered during his first days and months on this earth. Many things contributed to our nursing success including a supportive husband and raw dedication. I highly encourage every mom to breastfeed.
Along with supporting the health of our babies, there is a magical emotional state we can experience as mommies through this bonding process.
Every situation is different and we all have varying experiences, but I found certain products to be wonderful assets in our breastfeeding evolution. This is the list of items that helped us in our nursing journey: Continue reading
Weaning our son after 14 months of nursing came with strong and specific feelings. They included freedom, mommy guilt, relief, and grief. I’ve heard of babies who wean themselves. I’ve also heard of moms who “dry up” leaving little choice about the end of natural nourishing for moms and babies. Neither of these things were true for me and our son.
Just as I grieved the loss of my pregnancy the closer my due date drew, I also mourned the loss of our nursing experience. Continue reading