How I pushed through to keep breastfeeding after dealing with PCOS
I struggled hard in the beginning.
I was a first-time mother who knew ultimately nothing about breastfeeding. I did a ton of research on breastfeeding during my pregnancy and knew right away I wanted to give it a try because of all the health benefits for baby.
But I was worried about whether or not my body would even produce enough milk for my child due to having PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
I knew very little: none of my friends had any children nor did I ever experience a family member breastfeeding — so it was a very new experience for me.
When I first brought my now 6-month-old home, I suffered through sleepless nights due to cluster feeding, engorgement, nipple confusion and what seemed like endless trips to a lactation consultant.
Over the months, I did get used to it, but I noticed that I had what I like to call a “slacker boob.” My right breast seemed to produce way less milk than my left, and my left side is my daughter’s preferred nursing side.
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When I returned to work, which was from home, I had to start pumping and nursing Thelia on my breaks. I incorporated a power pumping session at night one hour after putting her to sleep. Now I can get a 4 ounces — sometimes more — from each breast, which allows me to have enough milk available for my babysitter and to store in the freezer for a mini stash.
Breastfeeding is not a easy task, and it’s beneficial no matter the duration. If you are struggling, try to reach out for support.
I just want more moms to know that it does get easier, and the reward outweighs the sacrifice.