So Breastfeeding, there’s a lot we can talk about and I have been doing it for over three years straight now…
Having four kids you’d think I’m an expert right? Nope, my breastfeeding journey didn’t come naturally as a first time mom, in fact it took three tries to get it right!
Ten years ago when my oldest son was born I didn’t really know what I was doing, I didn’t have any breastfeeding moms around me and Facebook was so new that it wasn’t the resource hub and support system that it can be today. Websites and info hubs such as La Leche League have been my life-line over the last few years though, there’s tons of information available and links to the articles if you want to do more extensive research.
So, if you’re a new mom, be so so glad for and use those online support groups and research info. Oh, and you should definitely get in touch with a breastfeeding consultant if you’re having difficulties, also pay a visit to a post-natal physiotherapist to help with blocked ducts, they use massage, ultrasound and laser therapy and it works wonders.
But back then with my first baby, there was little to no support, and being a first time mom I just made silly mistakes, and I only breastfed Caleb for about two months. Breastfeeding was something I really wanted to do, so it broke my heart when I thought I wasn’t producing enough and stopped. I realise now, being a little more knowledgable that I mistook his six week growth spurt and fussiness as me not having enough milk for him, also added to that I had developed mastitis at about the same time and to make matters worse the doctor misdiagnosed me as having a viral infection instead, I didn’t even know what mastitis (a.k.a milk fever) was then. One thing lead to another and that was the end of breastfeeding for Caleb.
*Please note: that there is absolutely no shame in how your baby is fed, formula or breastmilk, bottle or breast, fed is what’s best!
In the picture below Jonathan is giving Caleb a bottle for the first time, Caleb is about 3 weeks old here. It was truly a special moment. Although, I have to add that expressing milk to give in a bottle this early was probably one of my mistakes. Instead rather use caution when offering a bottle or expressing too early, it is recommended to wait until breastfeeding is well established (this being around 4 – 6 weeks old, it gives baby enough time to learn to breastfeed well and for mom’s breasts to learn how much milk supply is needed for baby too).