Tuesday, November 20, 2012
We can breastfeed!! The other afternoon I was sitting in bed when Giovanni became fussy as it was time to eat. We forgot to take a bottle out of the fridge so my husband went downstairs to warm one up. Apparently he didn't move fast enough as Giovanni's fussiness turned into a total meltdown. I don't know what made me do it but I scooped him up and put him to the breast. He instantly latched on and all I could do was cry tears of joy. After 12 weeks and 2 days of bottle feeding, mouth surgery, nipple shields, and latching issues, he was finally doing it and like a champ. He ate for a total of 30 minutes and fell asleep shortly after. I breastfed him for the rest of that day and night. Since he is so used to the bottle and the milk coming out faster, he apparently started to chew on me to try and get the milk faster and needless to say my nipples are as red as a firetruck and one has starting bleeding. I also somehow ended up with a blocked milk duct which is also quite painful. I am continuing to pump every few hours as I always do but once I heal a bit I am going to start putting him to the breast first thing in the morning and then again before he goes to bed for the night (yes, he is sleeping through the night already!). I am so happy to say that I am finally able to breastfeed my child!! I couldn't be happier as it is the most amazing feeling ever!