Trigger Warning for Children with Congenital Hearts Defects and/or Hip Dysplasia
To celebrate National Breast Feeding Week I wanted to share my positive breast feeding journey with my little girl who has a rare congenital heart defect called truncus arteriosus and also hip dysplasia (DDH).
This photo is of me breastfeeding my little girl for the very first time the day she was born. This photo is special to me for so many reasons;
I was told that tube feed don't breastfeed. Well she showed them! She breastfeed every day morning and night until her heart and body started shutting down at 6 and a 1/2 weeks old.
I was told that after her open heart surgery she would not breast feed!!! She showed them and latched onto the nipple shield pretty much straight away!
I was told that she won’t go back to the nipple after being on a shield. She showed them, not long after we finally got home at three months old, she spat that shield out and continued to breast feed until she was seven months old! She self weaned after her hip surgery and full body cast applied.
You see she has only three fingers on one hand and no one really notices! They told me when I was pregnant that she would probably have a syndrome issue because she has a missing finger and a heart defect. They recommended we strongly consider termination. Well she showed them and really stuck it to them!!!
Dad doesn’t take many photos of me and my little girl but if this is the only photo he takes of us well I will never complain as I am so blessed!!!!
I feel the key to breastfeeding is to be relaxed and not have any expectations. I expressed a lot of the time for the first six months, so I could see my supply. I found that my supply was the most when I was relaxed and not concentrating on what I was doing or counting how much was coming out i.e. listening to music or chatting to a friend. Also, my cousin offered her milk and I believe this helped hugely to relieve the pressure and help me to relax. I hope that this post brings hope to those struggling with breast feeding!