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  1. Rayna says:

    this is so sweet to read. Proud of you for trying so hard and doing your best for Eloise…I think I’ve heard “fed is best” just as often as I’ve heard “breast is best,” and I’m really grateful for hearing that message, too, as I go into motherhood! I think it’s absolutely crazy the lengths moms are willing to go for their babies before, during, and after they’re born. My baby boy is 4 weeks old and has been a champ at nursing since the beginning (thank you Jesus), but I haven’t been able to build up a supply either. We often give him a bottle of formula before bed, and my husband has been super encouraging to me that more than anything we just want a healthy, full baby no matter how it happens. He’s packing on the pounds, so something must be working! Love to you and Eloise. I’m so blessed by moms sharing their real stories! I think I came into being a mom at such a turning point time of honestly and real ness on the internet! So glad!!

  2. Tia Duncan says:

    Thank you for this! While I have a complete different experience, it’s so great to see you sharing your story! I love being able to see that there is more than one way, in case my future babies do differently .

  3. love you sharing this…it’s a journey and time of life we as women all need to give each other a lot of grace for. My grandma breastfed her babies at a time when NO one breast fed so it’s always been an interesting part of life hearing her then my Mom talk. I saw my Grandma help aunt fight to feed my cousin through some major issues and it left a big impressions.

    But I also was gifted to go into motherhood with a sister who is a midwife and has also had huge challenges – some of her babies she breast fed past 2 months and some not. She has had about every issue under the sun (and she makes her own formula plus knows about the benefits/issues of every single one out there. ha ha) and one of my closest friends also couldn’t ever breast feed past 2 months and so that helped tremendously.

    With my own little one she couldn’t handle anything but my breast milk and had reflux/spitting issues with most formulas BUT due to a bunch of issues was the world’s slowest eater and for the first 10 months of her life I literally spent 12 hours a day feeding her. At that time and for many reasons I could and the hard part is now if I talk about it (because of some other things going on in my life, I developed some trauma from it) I felt awful about why couldn’t I feed my baby better but she was healthy and growing. I can get moms accusing me of saying I’m judging them if I share about stuff that happened so I tend to just shut up about it. I know I was privileged to be able to do it.

    Baby #2 is just a few weeks away and I have no clue how that one is going to go…who knows what will happen!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! Whew, I relate to this. Currently pumping as I type this comment. It’s awesome that you put this out there- I had no idea how hard breastfeeding would be because nobody talks about it. I am with you in feeling like breastfeeding was a huge desire for my baby that got ripped away from me (tongue tie and unable to suck). I just hit month 3 of exclusively pumping/supplementing with formula and I’m feeling my supply dwindle even pumping 6 times per day. It’s such an emotional thing. Thanks for adding a voice to all the mamas out there who are trying and doing their best!

  5. Sarah Dunn says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    Thanks so much for this post! Honestly, it was so nice to hear another story that was similar to mine. I think our daughters are close in age, (almost 8 months). I had similar struggles, although my daughter never ever got latching, so I exclusively pumped for 10 weeks. Every single time it hurt like crazy, no matter what I tried. I was pumping every two – three hours, so I wasn’t sleeping and felt like a tortured zombie. But even then, I wasn’t producing enough and had to supplement with formula anyways. I made the decision to stop pumping at 10 weeks and it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself. I’m a much better mom. I know I tried my best, but my body just wasn’t cooperating so I wasn’t going to force it.
    Anywho, sorry for rambling, but thanks again for sharing!!!

    • Lindsey Roman says:

      Sarah, you’re not rambling at all. I LOVE hearing your story. Thank you so so much for sharing. It’s so inspiring! Breastfeeding is tough, and it’s so important we’re able to talk about it. Making the decision to stop pumping was really hard for me too so I totally get where you’re coming from friend!!

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