Breastfeeding Success Story: Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC“I had my son in September of 2016 and I was determined to breastfeed him even though I had no clue as to how or what I was doing. I didn’t breastfeed my 10-year-old daughter, because I was only 19 when I had her.

Our journey started off great and everything was going perfect. Around the time my son was 3 months old I went to change his diaper and found blood in his stool. I was beyond terrified and called the on-call nurse and made an appointment for the next day. As advised from his doctor I was to cut all dairy from my diet and come back in 1 week and see how he was doing.

That first week was awful and I thought I was going to die from starvation. I went back to the doctor with stool samples and they came back clean so I was told to stay dairy-free. It was so hard at first, but after finding some awesome support groups to help and figure out all the things we can actually eat. I can’t imagine not breastfeeding my baby boy and will be so devastated when our journey comes to an end (not sure when that time will come).

If you had told me when I was pregnant that I would have made it this far I probably wouldn’t have believed it. Almost 11 months strong. The bond is the most AMAZINGLY awesome experience and one I will forever treasure.”

Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC