Lindsey Norton and her wife, Jen, had to wait a little longer than expected to meet their son, Freddie.
“He came a whole week late, and he was super happy to stay in there for a long time,” Lindsey said.
Freddie’s delayed arrival gave the first-time moms some added time to calm their nerves before welcoming their son June 25 in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
“This is our first, so we were really nervous before he was born,” Lindsey said, adding that Freddie soon showed that those fears were unfounded. Lindsey said Freddie is willing to go wherever they take him, already enjoying car rides and other day-to-day activities with his moms.
“We really love our little love, he’s really calm most of the time and super happy,” she said, adding that she and Jen often say “he’s an excellent starter baby.”
Off to a Great Start
The decision to breastfeed was a no-brainer for Lindsey and Jen.
“Growing up, both me and my wife were breastfed,” Lindsey said. “We’re both social workers, as well, and I think we recognize the importance of creating that close bond with our baby.”
Aside from the mother-son bond, through breastfeeding, Lindsey also can ensure her child gets the nutritional, neurological and immunological benefits from her milk.
“We really wanted to do everything we could to give him his best start in life,” she said.
And Freddie is a good eater.
“He was really great to start breastfeeding,” Lindsey said. “Our doula was in the hospital and ready to help coach us, but the baby already knew what to do.
“He really enjoys eating — he eats every two hours, day and night — which is a good thing, because he’s gaining lots of weight.”
Working Through Discomfort
Like many moms who are new to breastfeeding, Lindsey had some discomfort at first.
While breastfeeding should not be painful, it is common for a mother’s nipples to feel tender for the first few days. And if your nipples are sore long-term, your baby may not be latching correctly.
“I had really sore nipples when I first started breastfeeding,” Lindsey said, noting that she checked in with her doula, a certified lactation consultant, to make sure Freddie was getting all that he needed.
“Everything was good in the hospital, but I wanted to make sure we were still doing everything right.”
Appreciative of Encouragement
At Penn, we work closely with all new mothers to discuss breastfeeding support and options, and to provide guidance as each family settles in to their new way of life.
“While we were in the hospital, [our care team] were really encouraging that if we both wanted to breastfeed that was an option for us,” Lindsey said.
And although she and Jen ultimately decided two-parent breastfeeding wasn’t the best alternative for them right now, they were happy to know Penn supported them no matter their choice.
Ready for Baby No. 2?
Overall, Lindsey and Jen were pleased with their experience at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and will be happy to do it all over again – once Freddie is a little older.
“I had a really great experience with Penn,” Lindsey said. “They do a good job at encouraging moms and figuring out the best options for them.
“I’m excited to go back for baby number two when that happens, just not right now!”
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