Megan Pagels, a first-time mom with a full-time job, reminds us that while breastfeeding may be natural, it's anything but easy. From latching issues to milk supply, new moms need time, information, and support.
Megan and her husband tried for years to get pregnant, and when she finally did, she knew she wanted to breastfeed. "I wanted to do everything I could to breastfeed, " she says. "I didn’t know the struggles and challenges that would follow."
Even though Megan's daughter, Eleanor, latched easily, at her six week check-up she was only in the 3rd percentile for weight. The doctor told her she wasn't producing enough breast milk, so she met with a lactation consultation who helped her increase her supply. Megan ate homemade granola with flax seed and brewer's yeast, increased her water intake, and tried to get more sleep. She also began pumping after every feeding. "It was so stressful and exhausting, but so worth it. And I had this horrible guilt that I had been starving my child and had NO clue!" says Megan. "I literally breastfed her, then bottle fed her my milk while I was strapped to the pump!"