As I approached 41 weeks in my first pregnancy, I was feeling the pressure from the medical community. Setting an induction date was brought up at my 40 week appointment and it set my emotions on a roller coaster. My desire for an unmedicated, minimal intervention birth was feeling under attack.
Lots of walking, squatting and two membrane sweeps later and I went into labour at exactly 41 weeks. I appreciated the amazing, supportive feedback that I received from the Momzelle facebook page and comments on this blog. Women who could empathize with the pressure to set an induction date and encouragement to stand my ground.
My labour was intense and graciously speedy! We welcomed our little girl, Adèle on Feb. 16th at 4:25am. She weighed 8lbs 1oz. My birth plan was respected and we had the most wonderful labour and delivery nurse. Sue kept me focused and kept the atmosphere in the room calm.
We were especially pleased with our experience at Montreal’s only Baby Friendly hospital. Adèle was placed on my chest immediately and we had constant skin to skin contact for the 36 hour hospital stay. She latched on within an hour. We were on our way…
I have read and researched so much about breastfeeding! I am lucky enough that my job introduced me to so many resources. I scoured Kellymom.com, joined the Leaky Boob facebook page, read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding and yet…
Within the first twelve hours of feeding my sweet little girl, my nipples were cracked and bleeding! Two days later I was home and crying. Adèle was losing weight (totally normal, I know, but still stressful!) and I was dreading each feeding. I knew the latch must be wrong but I didn’t know how to fix it. My mother, who nursed my sister and I into toddlerhood, didn’t know how to fix it. The public health nurse had a few tips, but didn’t know how to fix it.
So three days after giving birth, we called a lactation consultant. It was the best call I’ve ever made. This wonderful woman came to our house, oozed with expertise and experience and spent two hours observing and talking with us. She introduced us to the reclining/self-attaching position, in which I recline and place Adèle on my chest and let her initiate the latch. I can’t say exactly what it was that this LC did that fixed our problem, but I think the confidence she gave me was definitely a big factor. Now, at three weeks old, my daughter has a double chin and I am so proud:)
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