Breast Feeding Stories!
It’s World Breastfeeding Week and we want to celebrate! Breastfeeding is an amazing thing to do for you and your little one, but it’s not always an easy journey for Mummas. We wanted to raise awareness and spread positivity about breastfeeding with this blog post by sharing stories about mum’s breast feeding journey!
Up first we have a mama talking about her greatest accomplishment…
“My Rainbow Baby was just 30 minutes earth-side when I first nursed him. I was so excited at how natural it felt, I thought “How hard can this be?!” The days to follow I realised it can be just that, hard! Very hard. I realised he had started a bad latch over the course of a few days, and I could feel the side effects of a bad latch – ouch! I had to take back all the things I thought about breastfeeding because it was nothing like I had imagined. It was both beautiful and painful the first several weeks. The only thing that kept me going through the hard feedings was the bond and benefits I was giving to my baby. We pressed on and we are now 150 days EBF, (as of today he has yet to take a bottle and prefers his milk on tap 😉) I hope for another 150+ days of continued bond and benefits. Breastfeeding will be one of, if not my greatest accomplishment 💪🏽 To all the mamas struggling today, It sucks at times, literally, I hope you know how amazing you are for continuing on!”
Next up we have a mama who has two very different experiences with both of her little ones…
“I was unable to breastfeed my first daughter. We had a complicated delivery and I ended up back in hospital whilst she went home. I was unable to get her to latch and she would writhe around and scream the second that I put her anywhere near my breast. I was absolutely devastated; it had never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I suffered from PND and carried a lot of guilt for the past two years.
My second daughter was born this January and our experience couldn’t be more different. As soon as she was placed on my chest, she latched immediately and fed for 25 minutes! I was so happy and relieved that I burst into tears. Our bf journey has not been without it’s challenges: cracked nipples and a nasty infection in both breasts, the relentless of the first weeks when she wanted to latch 24/7, and being unable to “share the load”, freeing me up to spend more 1on1 time with my eldest daughter. BUT, I absolutely adore nursing her. 7 months in and we are still going strong! I am so proud of us for making it this far and I dread the day that I will have to stop.
One thing that I hadn’t expected, was how this bf journey has helped heal some of the wounds from my first “failure” (as I thought it was at the time). It has helped me understand that it just wasn’t going to happen first time round and that’s ok.
I now have two daughters. One was bottle fed and one is breastfed. They are equally healthy and happy, and I love them exactly the same. I still wish that I had been able to breastfeed first time round, but knowing that this is the only time that I will do it makes it all the more special”
Our last mama is talking about how important it is to support breast feeding mums…
“Support is probably the most important part of breastfeeding, unfortunately the UK severely lacks in this department, due to a combination of cut funding, outdated western values, and lack of education on the matter. A devastating 80% of mothers who stopped breastfeeding in the early weeks wanted to continue. This shouldn’t be happening, and causes feelings of grief and guilt for these mothers, when it just isn’t their fault, and they should not ever feel guilty. Every mother deserves to be supported on her feeding journey, whether that be breast, bottle, expressed, or combi feeding. Every mother deserves to be supported to reach her breastfeeding goals, whatever they are, however long that may be. It’s why this week is so important, to highlight the issues mothers face, to offer support and solidarity.
It’s important to remember to be kind when talking about infant feeding, it’s an incredibly sensitive and emotive topic, and my only hope is that every single mother feels happy with her feeding journey, whatever that may be.”
No 2 breastfeeding journeys are the same! The important thing is to do what is best for you and baby and not compare yourself to others.
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Love, Team Ziggle x