When I had my son, I really struggled with breastfeeding. I managed to feed him for 5 weeks before moving to bottles and formula, which was the best decision I could have made for both of us.
I completely support the idea that breast is best, as long as it is working for both mum and baby. Whilst I was giving my son the best nutrients possible, I was finding it impossible to bond with him. To this day, I am convinced that was what kick started my postnatal depression. I didn’t know what I was doing, and didn’t have access to enough support. Neither of us were happy – far from it. I don’t regret the decision at all, but I’ve always felt sad that I was unable to feed for longer.
When we found out I was pregnant with our second, I was adamant that I was going to give breastfeeding another go. Speaking to others and joining breastfeeding support groups on Facebook showed me just how little I knew the first time round!
My daughter is now 8 weeks old, and we are still going strong. I have learned so much already, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future! We have already beaten our initial 5 week personal goal, and the next goal in our sights is 6 months. I hope we can continue for the first year though!
One of the many many things I have been introduced to in the world of breastfeeding, is the idea of breastfeeding awards! I think it’s pretty gimmicky, but it is nice to have something to aim for and it’s a bit of a laugh!
We are currently two days away from Brass Boobs!
How far did you get with your breastfeeding journey?