Welcome to Mommy's Milk : A Breastfeeding Series. Today I welcome Krysta of A Fairytale Comes Alive to share her amazingly determined breastfeeding story.
While I was pregnant, I dreamed of a natural birth and
successful breastfeeding. Things didn't go exactly as I wanted. A few
months before birth, we found out I had HPV. My doctor informed me that
if the baby's eyes had contact with the infected region, during birth,
the chances for him to go blind where 50%. I was shocked! I knew that a
natural birth would be best for both of us, but under these conditions? I
decided to have a c-section almost immediately. I wouldn't risk my
child's ability to see!
I had my unnatural birth and
when the time came to breastfeed, I did it with great fortitude! I was
waking up every three hours, to wake up my lazy baby and offer my breast
to him. He was drinking a little bit and then he was sleeping. Such a
tired little sleeper! I had to keep waking him up every 2-5 minutes
during the whole process, to help establish my lactation.
the first day, I realised that I didn't have any powerful allies on my
breastfeeding journey. I had a baby who wasn't a big fan of
breastfeeding or anything else, he just wanted to be asleep. I had a
mother willing to help, but with lack of knowledge on breastfeeding. I
had a husband, also willing to help but very confused from all this new
baby situation. And I had a bunch of well meaning people who were
forcing me to quit!
My baby was waking up every three
hours to nurse for about an hour, the first months. It was exhausting,
especially if you consider that I didn't have (almost) any help, but I
never even thought about quitting. I was breastfeeding fanatically, I
still do! Even now, that my son is 16 months old, whenever he wants to
have some milk I stop whatever I'm doing to breastfeed him!
a few days following the doctors' famous recommendations, I decided to
let Nereus take the initiative. Since then, we have been breastfeeding
on demand and I have never hesitated to breastfeed in public cover-less.
all this time, I realise that breastfeeding has eased the pain of
having a c-section. After not being able to have the natural birth I
wanted, breastfeeding was the next best thing I could do for both of us!
Fighting for our right to be able to breastfeed freely has made me both
not thinking about my 'failure' and feeling amazing for so many
reasons! It wasn't easy, but it is the most wonderful thing I have ever
done in my life!
Krysta is a young mother of a 16 month old boy named Nereus. She has
been a WHAM until recently, and steadily starts working part time. She a
vegan with a passion for healthy and eco living. She blogs at A Fairytale Comes Alive about her daily life as a 'hippy' girl living in Athens, Greece.