Breastfeeding is natural, right... so it should come easy, right?!?! WRONG!!! I struggled for weeks with breastfeeding. My son had birth trauma and wouldn't latch properly... team that up with "flat nipples" and you get countless days/nights of crying and feeling inadequate. Following my #laboranddelivery story, I want to share my breastfeeding journey as well. This should've been posted during #blackbreastfeedingweek but umm #newborn and #newmomreturningtowork so yeah. I have to say that I owe my, now successful, breastfeeding journey to the black lactation consultant and black nurse (who nursed her daughter until she was 5) in the hospital where I delivered, and the black LC that I hired once I was discharged. I chose to keep fighting to breastfeed because I knew the reward for my son would outweigh those moments of despair. I also had the encouragement of plenty of my black friends who helped me remember that I wasn't alone! It really does take a village and we HAVE to be there for one another as one of the underrepresented races in this breastfeeding world! .
This is a photo after my last visit from my LC. Our son was one month old.. I finally got him to latch, for the first time, without a nipple shield. Yes I look exhausted; I was! Mentally, physically, emotionally!!! I cried tears of so many different emotions. Just when I thought I would give up, one last push from my husband, mother and LC got me there! .
I share my story to hopefully encourage anyone who is going through what I went through. Don't give up on the desires of your heart, and know that we are here for you! #betonblack #lenoxsaint #breastfeedingsupport