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My Breastfeeding Journey in 100 Words

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, here is my journey in exactly 100 words:

My little one was born and all was well.  She nursed happily and I happily nursed until…

She continuously refused the bottle.  Finally I tasted it.

YUCK!!  Something was wrong with my milk! 

Frantically I search for answers and discover that I have Excess Lipase.  Those two words were a punch in the stomach.  I had 575 oz. of frozen breast milk that my daughter wouldn’t drink.

I wept. 

I scalded. 

I donated. 

I healed. 

Having excess lipase turned into one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  My little one continued to nurse happily and I happily nursed…

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I was asked to write about my nursing journey in 100 words of less by Amber McCann, a lactation consultant, who is gathering women’s breastfeeding stories for her blog.  To read more 100 word stories or to submit your own visit AmberMcCann.com.

Excess Lipase Acitivity

6 Comments

  1. The thing that strikes me as SO awesome for you is that this didn’t affect your actual nursing, only her taking a bottle. My two babies that I did breastfeed never took bottles while we were nursing anyway (one never did, period.) The fact that you were able to scald and donate the milk is great! I wish I’d known you when I was nursing my son! We were in need of donor milk for several months. Thanks for sharing your story!

    1. Yes, Dawn, I was very very lucky. There are so many kind of nursing problems that can be harder to fix. My daughter nursed so well that I didn’t even miss those 575 oz of donated milk. What a blessing!

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