Family and lifestyle Blogger (and Frugi fan) @Leeleeloves has shared her experience of breastfeeding her two children.
My first breastfeeding journey lasted 2.5 years. I’m now 7 months into my second and couldn’t be prouder!
I always wanted to breastfeed my children from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I also felt a lot of pressure to succeed at it.
I still remember being moved to the ward with my fresh little squishy baby boy at 3am. He was born as 14:39pm on the 1st January 2015, it had been such a long day before we finally got a bed on the ward. Then I had a midwife telling me I needed to feed my baby. I struggled to get him to latch again, having her repeatedly saying “nipple to nose” at me and touching me. I’m surprised it didn’t put me off all together. Initially breastfeeding hurt, it was eye watering!
With practice it became so natural I could mutitask whilst feeding, I’d often forget Taylor was feeding at all. The hardest part of that first journey was getting him to stop. Their came a time after 2.5 years where he was still being nursed to sleep. Waking in the night, and enough was enough.
Nobody tells you weaning a toddler off of the breast could be so hard! We bribed him. I won’t lie. For every night/day he went without a new car was waiting for him at breakfast. It was an expensive month of weaning but it worked.
I’m now 7 months into breastfeeding my second baby, and again I worried. I spent more time in both pregnancies worried about being able to breastfeed than I had the actual anticipation of labour. The stigma around various feeding methods had me so stressed and I don’t know why. As long as my babies were fed it really didn’t matter how it happened.
Harriet was delivered via ceasaren at 37 weeks and at 5lb5 I was worried she wouldn’t take to it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I held my tiny girl and offered her that first feed, she took to it straight away. We didn’t need any help and in that moment I felt amazing. The following days she did struggle to latch a little, she has a small lip tie and wasn’t strong enough to feed for long durations. Now at 7 months old and 14lbs she’s thriving. We’ll continue to feed for as long as we’re both comfortable.
I still feel that burning judgement from others as I feed in public, although I wear layers and always cover up. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Not only have a grown two mini-humans inside me, I’ve also kept them thriving on the outside too! Now that’s impressive.- Lisa