breastfeeding

‘The doctor said, ‘I don’t like this, let’s do a C-section right away.’ I could hear them talking urgently, sucking noises, requests for tubes and oxygen — but no cry.’: Mom goes into preterm labor at 34 weeks, ‘Our family feels complete’

“No one said anything but there was some whispering and I was asked to start coming by every 2 hours. ‘Just to make sure,’ they said. There is nothing you can do except to trust the doctors but I couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong and nobody wanted to tell me.”

‘Breast is better,’ they said. I cried for days, unable to feed you. I heard I could never feel that connection with you, nor you with me, because I didn’t nurse you.’: Mom shares emotional breastfeeding struggle, ‘Did I love you any less?’

“I don’t know about letdown or leaking when a baby cries. I don’t know about raw or chapped nipples.  I don’t have battle scars or badges of honor that are inscribed with, ‘Breastfed my baby until 2.’ None of it. But tell me, my sweet baby, did I love you any less?”

‘Some days you will question your sanity. You will wonder why you’re doing this job at all. You are so much more than just a nurse.’: Woman pens appreciation letter for OB nurses, ‘No matter what kind of day it is, I see you’

“I’ve had that baby. I’ve had that patient. I’ve cared for the couple whose baby they hold within their arms is no longer alive. I’ve fought to save the mother who is bleeding out. I’ve resuscitated the baby turning purple as parents stare back in desperation. Your work isn’t measured by a single moment or shift, but the lives of those you touch.”

‘I have no idea what that is.’ He knelt down while I was on the toilet. The color left his face.’: Woman battles postpartum depression, degenerative disk disease, ‘I made the decision to change my attitude towards myself’

“When the doctor came in, he immediately saw the huge chunk of flesh. He looked extremely shocked. I was in the most pain I’d ever been in my life. It honestly felt worse than giving birth. The doctor said, ‘Okay, I’m going to gently pull this out of you and figure out what we need to do next to get whatever that is out.’ Everyone’s face was of shock.”

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