My family couldn't understand "the big deal" and why I was so insistent on breastfeeding, even though I tried to explain many times. My daughter screamed from hunger, I cried outta frustration, my husband looked on helplessly.
I gave into my persistent nurses, even though formula shouldn't had been offered to me right away. I couldn't get my daughter to drink the formula. My nurse, completely missing a teachable moment, took my daughter from me to feed her in front of me. I was robbed of one of my first bonding moments with my child as a first time mom.
The day before I was discharged, the lactation consultant bought in a hospital breast pump. She briefly showed me how to use it as a last ditch effort to feed my daughter. I Left the hospital with no plan. Through a lot of trial and error, I ended up exclusively pumping to breastfeed my daughter.
This is why you need a birth doula. This is why I became a birth doula. At one of our most vulnerable times in our lives, we need advocates. Someone educated on things you may not be. Someone who can navigate the hospital system for you. Someone to assist you in breastfeeding and bonding with your child. Some one to help you and your partner to prepare for parenthood. So that no woman who feel as helpless as I did.
THE HEALER: Dayelle Harris
is a certified
Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritualist, Herbalist, Meditation Guide, Crystal & Reiki Healer, Yoga Instructor, Doula, Self- Care Advocate, Author, Creator & Host of the DESIGNATED HEALER podcast and blog, the founder of the School of Self (SoS), an online spiritual wellness community & experience, and the owner of In Day's Care LLC.