She was a magnificent nurser the moment she latched on. I was able to breastfeed immediately after she was born, and I absolutely loved it. Unlike Lala, there were no issues. However, the only minor problem was jaundice which did keep her from eating as often as she should have. When we got home it was difficult adjusting to life as a mom of four. Honestly, I thought it was going to be the same as being a mom of three, but Nah. Of course, it had to be more difficult!
I am not going to lie, the first three months were hard. I was exhausted. There were days when I kept telling myself “I am switching to formula, screw this”. Then there were days when I told myself “breast is best”. An extreme lack of sleep and everything that could go wrong was going wrong. I truly felt defeated. We didn’t leave the house much during that time, but in hindsight, we should have. I was super depressed. Beans were nursing every hour, which wasn’t the bad part. The hard part was she would only nurse for 2 minutes then stop. Which I probably could have lived with; if she wasn’t nursing every hour. As difficult as it was juggling everyone and everything that was going on during that time, made it through month one. Which was my goal; one month at a time.
Here are a few pics from our first 4 weeks! (mouse over the pics for a caption) or go to month 2
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.