I was sitting in our bed last week, tears rolling down my face as our little Ellie tried to latch on for the 20th time. Nursing at night can be a very isolating place and a place that most mothers in the first few weeks, start to dread. You’re up all night, eyes stinging, nipples bleeding, and nowhere to go for comfort. You feel alone. So very alone.
I knew this was going to happen, because it happened the first time around. We had trouble latching and it made breastfeeding so incredibly miserable for me for the first few weeks. It was excruciatingly painful to latch my baby on and it was EXHAUSTING. The pain, the no sleep, the tears….
This time around I knew I had to do something different. I got involved with a lactation consultant right away so that I correct the issues and I have been trying SO hard to nurse myself back to health (and I am happy to say we are almost there!) I wanted to create a community for people like myself. The ones who feel alone and lost at 3 am. I wanted everyone to have a place to go. To talk. To cry. To make it feel a lot less lonely. Post partum depression stems from so many different things. Hormones. Loneliness. I wanted these late nights to turn into a place where we can come together and encourage each other to stick it out. To ask questions. To provide a shoulder for others to cry on. To provide wisdom. advice.
A place where we are a community of mothers, doing the best damn job that we can.
A place where you don’t have to feel vulnerable.
A place of support and comfort when you may need it most.
I am actually crying as I write this because I have already received so many emails and comments about how this has helped many mothers. This is EXACTLY what I wanted to do and I am beyond happy that I can provide this for you all.
So, please join us – or you can even just read along on a nightly basis…
Other great resources for moms:
GENERAL // Things I Wish I Knew Before Our Baby Arrived (Written by over 50 other mothers!) // What to Bring a Mom after she has a Baby // New Mama Must-Haves // How to Transition from a Bottle to a Sippy Cup // Why you Should Hire a Birth Photographer // What I’ve Learned as a Mom Thus Far
BREASTFEEDING // Best Foods to Eat while Breastfeeding // Nursing Essentials // 10 Tips for those that Plan to Breastfeed // Nursing Essentials II // How to Increase your Milk Supply including a recipe for Lactation Cookies!
& don’t forget to join in on the #latenightnursingfeed!