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Boobs, breast pumps and biscuits: My breastfeeding experience

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Hi, my names Alesha, I have a one month old son, Loki; he is a very happy, healthy breastfed baby. I want to tell you about my experiences with feeding my son to give you an insight into what is like to be a young breastfeeding mummy.

From the start

When I found out I was pregnant I decided I was going to try to breastfeed, with all the information I had heard about its benefits it just made sense to me to give it a go. I had friends who had tried to breastfeed but given up because they didn't realise what it was going to be like, determined not to do the same I read books and online information about breastfeeding so I could be prepared. I have to admit I thought myself a bit of an expert before I had even started with all the information I had read, but little did I realise that although my preparation helped you really can't learn to breastfeed by reading a book.

Birth and onward

My little man arrived a week early, I had planned to have a natural water birth but it seemed he had different plans. After 28 hours of labour Loki was born by emergency C section and, although it was the complete opposite to what I had planned, seeing him for the first time was amazing.

Soon after I was recovering on the ward and I was asking to try and feed my son, with some help from a midwife after a few minutes of fumbling he successfully latched on and was feeding. I was absolutely exhausted from labour but for the next couple of days I was feeding Loki every 3 hours and starting to recover slowly.

Everything seemed great and, despite my nipples being a bit sore, breastfeeding seemed to be going really well. It wasn't until he was weighed for the first time since his birth that we realised things may not be going as well as I thought, Loki had lost a bit too much weight, midwives told me it was probably because he wasn't latching properly. The midwife told us we would need to stay in hospital until his weight was back up and that I would have to express breast milk and breastfeed to make sure he was getting enough.

The first time I expressed I couldn’t express enough milk for his top up, this meant we had to add some formula milk. To say I was upset was an understatement, after the birth had gone completely the opposite to how I had wanted it I was so determined to breastfeed and hadn’t wanted to give him formula. So after about 20 minutes of crying and throwing a bit of a strop I calmed down and realised that this was what was best for my son and that the formula was only temporary. Over the next couple of days I continued to breastfeed, with midwives checking he was latching properly, as well as topping up with expressed breast milk and formula.

Home time

A couple of days later Loki had gained enough weight and we were allowed to go home. It was hard being home at first, just the worry of not having a midwife just a buzz away, but we soon got used to it. I was still expressing breast milk at home to add to his breastfeed, not that he needed any more top ups but because my boyfriend really enjoyed being able to feed him as well.

At 10 days we had a visit from the midwife who weighed Loki again; he had already passed his birth weight, which showed he was feeding really well. The next week or so was spent settling in and getting used to being a mummy, then at 3 weeks... Growth spurt! One day my little boy was suddenly hungry all the time and it seemed like he was constantly feeding! This continued into the night, I gave into the fact I wasn't going to get any sleep so decided just to sit up all night feeding my baby and munching on biscuits, luckily this only lasted for one night!

Despite how difficult it was for me to get breastfeeding started and despite all the little problems we have had along the way, I’ve got to say that I love breastfeeding and can’t imagine not doing it. The bond and closeness I feel with my son when I feed him is indescribable and I feel happy that I’m giving him the best start I can give him.

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  • Im planning to breast feed for roughly first month but after that im going to combine feed, so it means other people can have baby and use bottles and formula or ill express if need be,but breast feed when im with baby which will be alot but even then every feed from me after being 1month old wont be breast feeding it be mixed between formula or expressed milk in a bottle to allow my partner to bond with his baby and me to have a break as its just so much of demanding thing and to expect to much from yourself you would be floored with exaughstion! :( atleast this way my boyfriend can be involved in it to :) not just me....bonding in all ways best & possible

    by Thaniya 17 March 2012

  • Im planning to breast feed for roughly first month but after that im going to combine feed, so it means other people can have baby and use bottles and formula or ill express if need be,but breast feed when im with baby which will be alot but even then every feed from me after being 1month old wont be breast feeding it be mixed between formula or expressed milk in a bottle to allow my partner to bond with his baby and me to have a break as its just so much of demanding thing and to expect to much from yourself you would be floored with exaughstion! :( atleast this way my boyfriend can be involved in it to :) not just me....bonding in all ways best & possible

    by Thaniya 17 March 2012

  • At what point do you start producing milk? x

    by KatyBee 13 March 2012

  • My daughter is 9 days old now and I am breast feeding her :) She latched on straight away when we tried an hour after she was born and I thought she was going to do really well but she wouldn't latch on afterwards and wouldn't eat which was pretty upsetting - I kept trying to get her to breast feed & the midwives helped me expressed little amounts but she would throw it up again! Her sucking relex had gone so even when I gave in and tried some formula she didn't take that either! Eventually the woman that delivered Layla was on night shift in the ward and helped me all night, she expressed some of my milk, gave it to my bub and warned me that I may be feeding all night about an hour later Layla woke up and fed for 4 hours :) Even though I was sore in the end & it was a struggle it is totally worth the effort and I would recommend it to everyone <3 xx

    by NicoleLepage 13 March 2012

  • I as most of you knew that I wanted to breastfeed my little girl who is now almost 6 months, I have found it the most difficult task in my entire life, it has made me feel very depressed as I felt like I couldnt do nothing or go anywhere or leave my daugther with someone, to breastfeed you have to be a very strrong person, besides all of those feelings I diceded to go another three motnhs breastfeeding because of the benefits as now shes eating solids and dont need to feed her that often.

    by Miss-Masie 11 March 2012

  • i wish i had breastfed for longer, i only breastfed my little boy for the first 2 weeks and then i felt like he wanted feeding all the time and was easier if i shared the feeding duty with my other half . . i did have a breast pump but it was manual and gave me cramps.

    by AmeliaPoole 8 March 2012

  • Does breast feeding make it harder for you partner to be involved? I want to breast feed but I'm affraid of pushing my boyfriend out x

    by KatyBee 8 March 2012

  • i want to breastfeed but i always feel scared that people well judge me and that the thing that i feel worry about being a young mum and breastfed. i know that its best for my baby and i should not feel that that but just wondering does anyone else feel that?

    by shantae 7 March 2012

  • i want to breastfeed but i always feel scared that people well judge me and that the thing that i feel worry about being a young mum and breastfed. i know that its best for my baby and i should not feel that that but just wondering does anyone else feel that?

    by shantae 7 March 2012

  • breast feeding is best for your baby and can help you to loose up to 500kal a day yay! unless baby doesnt take to it for some reason then i shall be breast feed for a good few months!

    by harley-marie 6 March 2012

  • i breastfed for a month and wish i did it for longer! i am really gutted i didnt :( but i am still proud that i gave it a go. the only reason i stopped was i thought she wasnt getting enough (even though she probably was). i wish i spoke to my health visitor about it now. never mind! x

    by aoife-oneill 5 March 2012

  • I wish i breastfed, i feel so horrible sometimes :( but my baby wouldn't latch on at all she kept refusing no matter what me or the hospital tried, she hadn't eaten in 48 hours (the hospital was trying to starve her so she had no choice but to take the nipple no matter how much i told them just to give her some formula to stop her being so hungry) but nope they still refused and she still refused the nipple and they was going to starve her for another 24 hours i said no it wasn't worth it i couldn't let my baby go hungry for another day i couldn't handle her hungry cry's anymore i argued so much with the hospital until they gave in and let me give her formula, i was trying to express but that didn't work either, in nearly 2hours i only managed to express half an oz yet she was drinking 3oz so i would of been there for over 4 hours expressing! although i know my baby is healthy i still feel guilty that breastfeeding failed for me :(

    by JLFx3 5 March 2012

  • I also knew i would breastfeed as soon as i had given birth, i breastfed for 4 months but unfortunately my milk stores started to run dry. Now my daughter Mollie is 9 months she has food and bottles during the day and one breastfeed and bed time. Im glad i can still give her the night time feed.

    by Rachie 5 March 2012

  • I knew I would be breastfeeding my baby from the word go. I was made to feel weird about the idea of it by other people my own age, but I did it anyway. It was a great experience but didn't work out for me. I stopped breastfeeding when ds was around 3 months old as i could no longer juggle school and his feeding pattern. Its definitely worth giving it a shot, even if you don't plan to do it long term. The first few days are so important and it can help you to create a great bond. Why not give it a go? You never know it might be easier and more pleasant than you thought.

    by jennybingham 5 March 2012