When Mary was born, she had no trouble latching on and getting right down to business. For the first week, she was a vigorous nurser and I was enjoying every minute of it. Even the late night feedings didn't bother me. I've always loved the time it would allow for us to bond.
But then things started to go awry. To this day I still don't know exactly what happened, but suddenly Mary was having a lot of difficulty latching on properly. I'm a stubborn woman, especially about breastfeeding, so I kept trying and kept trying. The end result was that my nipples got incredibly damaged to the point that I would cry in pain while nursing, my milk supply dropped drastically in one breast, and I developed mastitis three times. I don't think I've ever felt as devastated and depressed as I did then.
Crazy as I am, I still wouldn't give up. I started pumping what I could, and supplementing when I had to with formula.
Fortunately, with a lot of love and support from my husband, my big girls, some amazing friends on Twitter, and an incredibly kind woman at GNC that I'll never forget, my body was able to heal. The first time I nursed Mary again without wanting to scream made me shed tears of joy. I would still have to supplement with formula, which turned out to be a nice way to let the rest of the family have time with her, but I didn't have to completely give up the precious, quiet moments I'd looked forward to sharing alone with my sweet baby.
About a month after my nursing troubles ended, I was getting back into the swing of things when something wonderful happened. I won a Nest Egg from Blessed Nest! I've long been a fan of Heather and Donna's blog, and couldn't believe my luck when I got the email telling me the good news.
I do know one thing. Even after nursing and bottles go by the wayside, Mary will still enjoy snuggling up with her Nest Egg. She'll be using it well into her toddler years. Thanks again Donna and Heather!
In the 1 in 2,497,328 chance that someone from the FTC might actually come across my little blog and wonder what's up, here's a disclosure: I was not asked to review, promote, or in any way mention the Nest Egg, Nesting Pillow, or its manufacturers. I was given no compensation for this post, other than the satisfaction I gave myself of thanking some wonderful women that created a product I genuinely enjoy and admire. I obtained my Nest Egg in a legitimate online giveaway last October that also followed FTC disclosure policies. So there, pbbbt!