15Go The Electric Route

Give him the bottle and a pacifier so he develops a better suckle.

Picture this: two days post emergency cesarean section, a screaming newborn who will not latch no matter how much I pleaded, a migraine the size of Mount Everest and pain all over to match. Not awesome.

Luckily, I was finally able to figure out how to use my electric pump in

order to get enough colostrum (that's the thick, high protein, ultra-nutritious milk that comes out when your newborn is just born) to feed my fussy baby.

Later on, after coming back from the hospital and seeing a lactation consultant for a few pointers on developing a healthy latch, it was discovered that my newborn had what is known as a tongue tie, or connective tissue attaching the tip of the bottom of his tongue to the base of his mouth. This led to suckling issues making his ability to latch that much harder.

My lactation consultants suggestion?

Since I was still unwilling to substitute with formula my good ol' electric pump came in handy again. I pumped enough milk daily to feed my little one until I felt more confident he could latch and eat enough to sustain himself.

When it comes to choosing an electric pump there are several on the market and many may even be available through your insurance. Medela, Spectra, Lansinoh, and Ameda are all great options, just to name a few. Depending on your lifestyle finding an electric pump can be a lifesaver, literally. And for you savvy working moms, pumping after maternity leave allows your little one to still get your nutrients while you're on the go.

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