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Breastfeeding in Intensive Care

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Story submitted by Georgene (Chicago, Illinois)

Breastfeeding in intensive care for my son was one of the biggest joys in my life, but also one of the most challenging.

Breastfeeding in intensive care

My son was in intensive care for the first two days and the nurses were very strict about him being fed enough. They kept giving him bottles and he had a difficult time breastfeeding at first.
Before I breastfed my son, I had these images of how easy it would be. Little did I know that my son would take over an hour to nurse each time (for the first month or two) or that my nipples would be sore and tender.

But, there were so many wonderful things about nursing my son. The feeling of being a provider for my child, the quiet moments together in the middle of the night, the way he looked at me.

Those were all great things and I would not have missed it for the world.

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