Our feeding journey has been very different this time.
Little’s feeding journey didn’t get off to the best start despite her latching on! Obviously with her being my first I didn’t know what breastfeeding felt like but I was pretty sure she wasn’t actually suckling. Never the less I was discharged from hospital because they had seen her latch and she was spending a significant amount of time on the boob. After a trip to A&E we discovered it was low blood sugar level. You can read more about Little’s feeding journey here.
Fast forward two and a half years and we have a much more positive story to tell. Baby latched on straight away and it was here our breastfeeding journey began. She had such a strong suck so there was absolutely no doubt that she was getting at least something from me.
By day 2 I was in a lot of pain, especially with my left boob but the HV assured me our latch was okay so I invested in some HPA Lanolin cream – which is highly recommended by the way! It was also on day 2 that I gave in and gave her a bottle of formula as I was in tears with the pain and she was getting distressed so it seemed like the only fair thing for both of us!
I was not willing to give up on breastfeeding this time around so it was here that we made the decision to combine feed Baby. We started using Mam Anti-Colic bottles but she really struggled to bring up wind so we moved onto Dr Brown’s bottles and we have not looked back.
4 weeks on and I really enjoy breastfeeding! I feel so much closer to her when feeding her and smugly proud of what my body is doing.
I take my hats off to all you women who exclusively breastfeed – you deserve a medal!
I stand by the fact it does not matter how you feed your baby as long as they are being fed and healthy. I do hope to continue breastfeeding for as long as I can but I could not have done it without the help of my trusty friend formula!