For several months now I’ve been following another blogger who was struggling to nurse her tongue-tied baby named Ruby also.
After several months of struggling, clipping her tongue twice, dealing with pain while nursing, biting, refusing the breast, and more… I just read a post with some great news.
Her and her Ruby have now been nursing exclusively for two weeks!
I am so proud of her and happy for her! I could just bust! Anyway…
I was news I really needed to hear. I’ve been pretty down about our situation lately but have been trying to keep it to myself as much as I could. I strive to have a thankful heart even during rough times. I just keep telling myself, “I may ot be where I want to be in all of this, but I sure have come a long way!”
I havent been doing the things that i know i should be lately. I just finger feed Ruby howeer instead of holding her near my bare breast. I havent even been offering her the breast either. Pumping is nightmare. I hate it, don’t get much anyway, and so i have a bad attitude about it. I havent been pumping, like I should so my supply is even more pathetic than it was before. I’m down to 8oz a day. It’s my own fault and I willingly admit it.
Hearing about Mandy’s success has given me courage to press on. So here’s an updated plan:
*pump every two hours during the day
*actually get up at night to pump at least once (no, I havent been doing that. Im terrible for it, I know)
*offer Ruby the breast toward the end of each feeding (unless in public… Kinda hard to nurse under a cover with a SNS. Cant be descrete enough to feel comfortable nursing uncovered. I dont forsee Ruby liking the cover either.)
*when not in public, I will feed Ruby at my bare breast
It’s good to regroup and refocus. Really, I’ve come too far to give up now. I think I’ve just become too comfortable with where we are and have also let fear of failure and pain hold me back. Time to start working again.