FTL Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges & Successes


What were your breastfeeding challenges and successes?

Every breastfeeding journey is unique but we can learn from each others’ experiences.


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In the beginning, I felt like we were doing great, until I had to start pumping to build a supply to go back to work. Spending 20-30 minutes tied to a machine to net less than 2 oz TOTAL was so disheartening. Cue the anxiety and stress that if I couldn’t pump enough, was my baby even getting enough to eat?! He was.

I just needed to train my body to produce more at those in-between pumping sessions until I went back to work and my pumping sessions actually replaced feedings while I was away. It was a process. And I ate oatmeal, lactation cookies, mothers milk tea, all of the above to help to build my supply. What really helped the most though was power pumping. Spending 1 hour pumping and basically mimicking a growth spurt: 20 minutes pumping, 10 minute break, 10 minutes pumping, 10 minute break and one last 10 minute session. I did this everyday on my hour long commute and built up so I could cut from 5 sessions a day to only 3 and have enough for my son while I was in the office.
Definitely a labor of love ❤️

– Allison Vorcheimer


At the beginning of my journey I was super worried about making sure she was eating “enough”. She was born at 5 pounds. I even started pumping just to make sure I knew how many ounces she was taking. But after stressing out way too much for way too long, I started to relax and learn her hunger signs and feed her on a loose schedule. I tried to hold off for at least 3 hours but didn’t stick to it if she was really hungry. She started to gain weight very steadily, she was up to the 80th percentile, and I was much more relaxed and in charge of my breastfeeding journey 😊

– Ally Gonzalez

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As a relatively new mom with a one-year-old son, she has been learning to balance life as a full-time working mom. Creativity extends into her career as a Fashion Merchandiser for a Miami based accessory company designing handbags and travel accessories, creating marketing materials, and managing social media content. She has always had a passion for writing and recently decided to start a shared blog, called Amy & Alli where she writes about her love for traveling, entertaining tips, fashion, and mom-life. Born and raised in South Florida, she is looking forward to raising her son where she grew up and to share her experiences with other moms on Fort Lauderdale Moms Blog.


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