As World Breastfeeding Week draws to a close I wanted to share our breastfeeding journey with you all.
🤱Every breastfeeding journey is different. Every breastfeeding journey is special and unique to the mother and baby. Breastfeeding is not always easy, but it is always worth it. We hear about lots of struggles with breastfeeding and about how women amazingly persevere and overcome them. It almost makes me feel that our positive journey is not worthy of sharing. But, I think it’s so important for new and expectant mothers to hear positive breastfeeding stories too.
👶🏼This photo is from us in hospital at 23 hours old breastfeeding. After finding out Daisy was undiagnosed breech in labour and having an emergency caesarean I was worried that it might impact the start of our breastfeeding journey. But, I can remember the overwhelming emotion when just minutes after birth, Daisy latched on and started to feed straight away and the midwife said that she hadn’t seen a latch like it for a baby so young. She guzzled then and nothing has changed!
✅The first few days went well and Daisy seemed content feeding and I could see I was producing colostrum. After going home, my mature milk came in on day 3 and she was feeding well. I didn’t really experience any bad engorgement as Daisy fed regularly and reduced any pressure in my breasts.
🍈As the days went by everything was going well ~ including my supply and demand and my ability to squirt milk across the room! I feel lucky that I haven’t experienced mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush or any other breastfeeding complications. The only issue we’ve had is Daisy’s fussiness for the right breast (of course the bigger breast🤪) meaning I’m becoming more lopsided than I was originally!!
👀I will happily feed in public, in front of friends and family, and in front of strangers. I’m glad for the support of my husband who, after some initial hesitancy, has now got used to the idea of me getting my boobs out wherever we might be! I do find it sad that in today’s society people still look and feel uncomfortable with a breastfeeding mother, but I ignore the stares and my view is that if someone doesn’t like me feeding then it’s their issue not ours!
🥰But the truth is, now 6 months in, I’m loving our breastfeeding journey and feel thankful that it’s going so well. I love using Mindful Breastfeeding techniques to have calm and connected feeds. I hope I can continue to breastfeed for as long as both Daisy and I want to. My message to other breastfeeding mothers is don’t listen to the haters or worry about the onlookers, do what works best for you and your baby.
✨I’m passionate about breastfeeding support and about providing pregnant mamas with antenatal breastfeeding education so that you can get off to the best start with breastfeeding. If you’re a breastfeeding mother and want to find out how Mindful Breastfeeding can help you to have a positive breastfeeding journey too then get in touch to chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org