Our Feeding Journey Second Time Around

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!

Breastfeeding

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!

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  1. I agree with you, the most important thing is that your baby is feeding. And that you’re both comfortable. But everyone has an opinion often on things that are none of their business. Long may this continue to work for you. Thanks for linking with #PoCoLo, it’s lovely to have you along.

  2. Love this and I’m glad that combining feeds is working for you. I did this too. I breastfed exclusively for 2 weeks but the pain was awful and my nipples cracked and bled. In the end I expressed milk and combined that with formula. It worked a treat for LP and he’s full of life now (7 years old!).
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    1. Yeah it seems to be working really for us too 🙂 so fingers cross it continues! It’s so painful when there’s a baby constantly attached! Thank you for hosting xx

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