Nursing Ruby – Update


I mean, really.  Wow.

Did I hope that my blog would get out there, and I would find help?  Yeah, you bet I did.

Did I have any idea it would recieve the attention, support, love, caring, kindness, suggestions, advice, and amazing offers for assistance that it did?  I had no clue.

Absolutely no clue at all.

This is the power of social media.  The power of the internet.  The absolute power of mothers who are all about other mothers.

Thank you.  Thank every single one of you.  Thank you to all the people who read our plight and didn’t have any advice to offer, but wished us well anyways.  Thank you to everyone who passed it on, and showed it to friends, and asked for help on our behalf.  I cannot thank you enough.  Thank you to every momma who had been there before, and took the time to tell me about it.  Thank you so, so much.

Since this post was written, I have read, processed and replied to over 300 comments.  There is more information here than one person can hope to absorb.  There is so much help out there.  There are so many things to try.  Since I wrote, Ruby and I have started ‘suck training’, encouraging her to suck on my finger and allow it to reach her soft palate.  She has seen the chiropractor and had her jaw adjusted.  We’ve nursed at night, all night long, and felt calmness.  Today, we had a craniosacral therapy session where I was informed that not only did she have a very high palate (adjusted!) but she also carries tightness and frustration through her whole spine.  The therapist helped her to release the energy (in the form of heat) and by the time she was done, Ruby felt like she had a fever – but she was as happy as can be.  It was incredible to witness.

I have only nursed Ruby twice since we started making changes, and I feel small differences.  No quick fixes, no miracle cures.  But we started on this journey a long time ago, and I don’t expect us to reach the end in one day.  We are learning to do what she needs – together.  I want to thank each and every one of you for taking this journey with us.

  • Jen

    WOW momma!! great news!! You are an absolutely phenomenal woman!!! You are the picture of perseverance and dedication!! What love you have for your sweet Ruby.
    Thank you for setting such an example for us moms to follow!
    Keep up the great work! :)

  • Lisa

    I am so very happy to hear that the suck training is helping. I truly think that it made a HUGE difference with my daughter and hope it does the same for you. I think it helps immensely when they have gotten used to the bottle and while my daughter still pulls at my nipple even now, it no longer hurts. I hope the same eventually happens for you. Good luck momma, you are doing great.

  • Becky

    So glad to hear that the CST was worth investing time in. Hope that it helps ease some of your physical pain to have her mouth in better working order.

    • Mandy

      Thank you, Becky. I hope so too. 😀