My Breastfeeding Story: Using a Medela Breast Pump and Tongue Tie
The next in our series of real mums’ stories and accounts of breastfeeding… Hannah was ready for the challenge and rewards of breastfeeding but had to overcome her struggles with her little one’s tongue tie first. Thankfully, her Medela Breast Pump helped support her journey…
Everyone tells you that breastfeeding is a challenge, that it can be painful and we are all aware that the U.K. has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding mothers in Europe. With this in mind, I was ready for things to be difficult but I didn’t expect it to be impossible. I believed with the right breastfeeding help and support, I could make it happen.
When my baby boy was born two weeks earlier than expected weighing only 6lbs 1oz, he showed a lot of interest in feeding from my breasts. However, he seemed to struggle to understand how to open his mouth! I thought this may be because he was so small, I hoped that it would come with time so I didn’t worry too much. However, when you’re sitting in a hospital ward in 30-degree heat, with no sleep, trying to make something happen, the patience you have runs out very quickly!
I got more and more tired, my enthusiasm began to disappear as it seemed my baby boy simply couldn’t do it. After 48 sleepless hours of breastfeeding attempts, I only managing to hand express just about enough to keep my son fed. A midwife then offered me a solution to express with a pump - I was so happy that I might still be able to give my baby breastmilk. Expressing was great and helped to produce more than enough breast milk! I was so happy and I was finally ready to leave the hospital. We purchased the Medela Double Electric Breast Pump and fed baby with a bottle. As time went on, I found out about nipple shields and they made it so that he could feed directly from me! I wish I’d known about them sooner.
He was eventually diagnosed with a tongue tie and now he feeds without any extra help. Pumping and nipple shields were exactly the support I needed to help me overcome the challenges and complications that feeding a newborn can bring.
Thank you to mum, Hannah, for sharing her breastfeeding experience. If you would like to share your breastfeeding story please email, firstname.lastname@example.org