I breastfed Miyah for 5 months, and in that time I learnt a lot about myself, and my baby. I ask lots of questions to the midwives, the doctors and the health visitors but there are some things I didn’t get told that I would have liked to have been.
Our breastfeeding journey was not an easy one, I was so happy at the start to have been able to last longer than 2 weeks. That’s when I had to stop with Rosie. We had some major bumps and some lovely times, I wouldn’t change it for the world
I wish, when I had done my research that I would have been told about.
- That cluster feeding, isn’t just feeding for a long time. When Miyah cluster fed, she fed for hours on end. It wasn’t just comfort either. She would be on so long that I couldn’t do anything else around the house. She would scream and scream until she was on the boob and it was honestly draining. We got through it with very sore nipples, mastitis and lots of pain. One thing I’m very proud off.
- I wish I had been told that the sound of another baby crying, would make me leak like crazy. Sometimes it wasn’t just leaking, it was POURING! It would always happen more when Miyah wasn’t near me to feed, or I didn’t have my pump! I would always end up looking like an idiot with massive milk spots over my top. I would literally be doing anything, the TV would play a baby crying and that was it, i was off.
- There is so much more support out there than you think. I used to think you had to tackle it alone, but when I researched more about breastfeeding when I was pregnant with Miyah, there is such a HUGE support system, and I found out things I never knew before. I was in a world filled with tip and tricks on how to help cracked nipples and mastitis, I would have never been able to get that far, if it wasn’t for the support I had.
- People don’t stare as much as you think. I don’t know if it’s just around where I live or what, but I didn’t have very many stares or rude words. Although I had a few, not as many as I thought about when pregnant. I was so worried I would have snickers and people saying bad things to me, but I was so surprised. I had a lady come to me, when Rosie was very small and say ‘I’m so proud of you, I know you don’t know me, but you are doing a wonderful thing by feeding your baby!’ It made me feel on top of the world.
- The after pains, oh my gosh, the bloody after pains. I didn’t even know after pains where a thing, but gosh did they hurt 10x more more when baby was feeding. It felt like labour but worse. Make sure you have a hot water bottle with you when you feed!
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Until next time,