This post is sponsored by Ergobaby.
Oh how I’ve loved nursing this sweet human! Hudson and I had a very rough and short-lived nursing experience, so being able to feed Henley for the past 5 months has been truly magical. I wanted to share our nursing journey for any mamas going through the same struggles we are!
Our Nursing Journey- the struggles we’ve faced and how we’re handling them.
Henley latched from the get-go. I mean, they had just placed her on my chest and she wriggled down and latched on right away. It was beautiful! I remember my mom, Joleen (my dear friend and photographer) and I crying when she did. I had such a rough go of it with Hudson that I was already worried about my nursing experience with Henley. But honestly? She was a dreamboat from day one. We did have a little latch problem after the first week home, but I had a friend come over and show me how to fix that. After a couple of tries she got it and we we’re golden! Then I got diagnosed with melanoma. They had to perform surgery pretty quickly to inhibit it from spreading, so two weeks later I was put under. What wasn’t explained to me until after was that I wasn’t able to nurse for three days due to the radioactive dye used during my procedure. I had enough supply saved up for those three days, thank goodness, but when I went back to nurse her? I had almost nothing! The other issue was not being able to hold her! I had a big incision on the back of my left arm and was only able to carry her/support her with my right for the first week.
The Ergobaby Natural Curve™ Nursing Pillow has helped so much! It’s foam design allows for a sturdy structure that supports baby, as well as raises him/her enough so you’re not slouching while feeding! That’s huge for me for two reasons: 1. slouching causes back problems and poor core muscle tone AND 2. slouching pulled on my stitches so this kept me comfortable. The curve of the pillow also allowed me to rest my arms while she was feeding. Henley loves this pillow because it keeps her belly to belly with me, which is her favorite position in the world. It’s also a positive position for digestion and comfort for baby. The Ergobaby Natural Curve™ Nursing Pillow does come with a lining to protect it from spills and the outer cover is removable and machine washable. As you can see from the pictures, Hen and I both love this nursing pillow!
As of today I’m still having supply issues. She’s had no issues switching to mostly formula, and I’m still fighting the good fight. What I’m doing to get my supply back:
- Power pumping
- Nursing/Pumping every 2-3 hours
- Eating lactation bars
- Drinking milkmaid tea and protein shakes packed with spinach
- Gatorade- I don’t know why but this has helped tremendously
- Trying to get some much needed sleep
- Lots of skin to skin time, which we’re both loving!
- Fenugreek and Fennel supplements
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ergobaby.