The doctors and nurses said the whole process of getting the baby up and feeding/burping/changing and getting her back to sleep should take about a half hour. In what universe does that take a half hour?!? Getting her to wake up enough to try and nurse sometimes was a 45 minute process. I’d nurse her until she got frustrated with me (another 45 minutes) and then we’d give her a bottle. She’d drink another 80ml while I pumped out a couple drops. It always felt so counterproductive to be bottle feeding her while I sat next to her using a mechanical pump to try and get more milk out. It took two months to get my supply up to speed but we still supplemented until she went to solids. Of all the fears I had about having a kid, nursing was not on the list.
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I learned in high school psychology that if you get less than four hours of sleep at a time then after about a week you start going crazy. I can not describe how… frustrating it was being told by all the doctors, nurses, and lactation consultants that we had to feed the baby every two – three hours. “And you can take a break and just pump instead of nurse and pump.” It takes more work and time to pump than to nurse. AND ANOTHER THING!!! (While I’m on this rant) it took me TWO MONTHS to get my milk supply to the point that I could feed my baby. I was hooked up to a machine or a baby that whole time and I was only covering 1/4th of what she was eating. I get a … bit…. triggered with the whole Breast is Best shit. Breast is not always an option. If you imply nursing is the only option then you’re implying that some of us will have to slowly starve our baby to death WEEE! GO FUCK YOURSELF! I really shouldn’t write these things at one in the morning.
Formula is awesome. Nursing doesn’t always work out and no one seems to tell anyone that.