So if you’ve read my Tongue-tie nightmare post, about my start into the journey of breastfeeding, you’ll know we had a bit of a rough start. Now 8 months on, I love feeding my daughter. She loves it too, and I know that the closeness between us is something I truely cherish.
It’s so easy now, and not at all painful. The pain eased after the first few weeks, and it really was worth persevering. Please don’t judge me, this is my opinion and my experiences, and may not match yours or what you would choose to do.
So, in light of #worldbreastfeedingweek, here are things I love about breastfeeding:
- I love feeling so close to my baby, she’s so snug in my arms feeding away
- Milk on tap(!) and it’s free!
- Don’t need to worry about sterilising bottles to go out
- Don’t need to worry about carting round all the supplies that are needed for bottle feeding
- Easy if we get held up when out, I don’t have to worry we’ve not got any milk left
- It was hard at the start, but it was worth it (everyone is different and have their reasons for stopping)
- Lansinoh cream was a MUST! Everyone should have it in their hospital bag, it’s amazing!
I have to say there are some less positive points (in my opinion):
- Being relied on that much can be a pressure, especially during the night when hubby could in theory give a bottle and I could sleep! (Some nights H wakes every hour… )
- Having to express (I found I could express very easily, so this wasn’t a problem, but would sometimes give formula too)
- Hubby can feel a bit left out (in this way I’m glad hubby gave H a bottle from early on because it gave hubby time with baby, bonding time and me time to rest/not be relied upon/ and mostly express – we did this because she lost 10% of her weight due to tongue-tie)
- As baby gets older, they know where to get their milk…. Tugging at your top when you’re out!
- Babies can be stubborn about taking a bottle if they are used to mummy!