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BFBH Week 22: Breastfeeding and PPD

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blog Hop, Breastfeeding, Day to Day, Feelings, Kids, Lincoln, Lincolnton and Wy, Wyatt | 2 Comments »

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted each Thursday and Friday by Life With Levi! Each week we focus on a different topic in the realm of breastfeeding. Please link up pertinent posts and join the conversation!

First, a little background…

I don’t do pregnancy well. When I was pregnant with the twins my midwife was pretty clear that she thought I might be high risk for PPD because it had been so rough for so long, she didn’t know if I’d be able to bounce back.

I was pretty worried about it myself. Yogi Dad was always on the lookout for signs. For the most part things were great. Immediately upon delivery I felt about a gazillion times better. I needed that. Of course as I’ve said in previous posts, breastfeeding has never come easy and with the twins it was kind of like my own personal hell.

But I’m not sure I would go so far as to say I had PPD.

Sure, it was frustrating beyond belief.
Yes, there were many, many tears.
I’m pretty sure I said some pretty crazy things about what I might do if I didn’t get a shower or some sleep or some time away from screaming babies.

But it all stemmed from something that I could have stopped if i had wanted to, if I had pulled myself away from everyone telling me I just needed to try harder. Once I finally did that things got better.

The frustration went away. The babies stopped crying. I stopped crying. Everyone got more sleep.

But there is the guilt in that. You know…taking the *easy* way out.

With Judah the frustration was always tempered by the fact that he wanted to nurse and nursed well, I just have supply issues. Once we got over the hump, things got better. We co-slept and bed-shared so sleep was never as big of an issue.

I am very aware that it could have gone differently. I think being aware of PPD and having my husband and family be aware of what to watch for was key to making sure if it did become an issue it would be taken care of right away.

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2 Comments on “BFBH Week 22: Breastfeeding and PPD”

  1. 1 lilburghers said at 8:43 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    Thank you for sharing with us on the Blog Hop! It's so great to hear that others have similar stories and make it through. You're right, awareness is a huge part of our success as mamas! 🙂

  2. 2 Heidi said at 8:49 am on June 7th, 2011:

    It’s so funny that there are so many similar stories. I went through the same guilt until I finally did stop breast feeding (my milk never really came in and was being driven crazy by lack of sleep) and felt such relief!


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