This week is World Breastfeeding Week and with that in mind I have decided it’s time for another entry into my breastfeeding diary. Alex is now 9 months old and I am so happy and proud to say we are still breastfeeding with no intentions to stop any time soon.
World Breastfeeding Week is all about normalising breastfeeding, informing parents of the benefits of breastfeeding and, basically, just an opportunity to get everyone talking about feeding and getting a discussion going. I am pro breastfeeding, before I even had my first baby I knew I would be a breastfeeding mum and I am proud to say I have been able to feed both of my babies.
Breastfeeding is no way the piece of cake feeding method that your antenatal class teacher and all the glossy leaflets/magazines in the hospital try to make out. The early days of feeding are really difficult for so many mums. I feel if women were told the painful truth beforehand then they would be more prepared to tackle the challenges head on, rather than thinking they are doing it all wrong because it hurts. If you read my breastfeeding diaryoften then you will know I had an awful time with Alex’s latch in the early days, he knawed my nipples to shreds it was horrendous. If he had been my first baby I would have without a shadow of a doubt swapped to formula, 100% I would have been sending Oli to the supermarket to get bottles and milk.
Alex is my second baby though and along with being a second times mum comes knowledge and experience. I was prepared for feeding to hurt a bit but I also knew this pain was more than what was normal, I got help in that first week and now 9 months on we are still feeding happily. I wish more mums to be were told tales like this, not to scare them off breastfeeding but to show them it’s going to be hard at the start but you can and will get through it with support. It is sad that I have to say this but, just so you know, I have no issue with people who switch to formula or don’t even breastfeed at all – I am fed up of people arguing over how we feed our babiesand although I’m pro breastfeeding that does not make me anti bottle feeding.
9 months of breastfeeding
Alex has now turned 9 months old and breastfeeding is going really well. We are still on about 4 or 5 feeds a day a long side his 3 solid meals he eats a day too. Breastfeeding seems to be so much more than just milk to Alex, he loves it a lot more than Leo ever did. I think it is because our days are so crazy with Leo running everywhere and me desperately trying to get stuff done that Alex really appreciates feeding times as he gets my complete attention and it is definitely a major comfort thing for him.
There are times though where Alex seems to guzzle a feed in about 2 minutes flat as he is so busy now and just wants to crawl and climb everywhere. I can tell by my shrinking cleavage (sob) that Alex is taking less milk now he’s eating more food, my glamour model boobs are deflating back to their pathetic pre pregnancy size – it was nice while it lasted! Whenever I think Alex might be ready to drop a feed he starts tugging at my top again and I’m reminded he’s very much the boss in this situation. When breastfeeding comes to an end I have a feeling it’s very much going to be on Alex’s terms.
It has been my goal since Alex was born to breastfeed him to his first birthday and the way things again new going I think that is definitely going to be achievable. Alex has had a few bottles of formula (thanks to our amazing yoomi bottle) and it has been great as I have been able to have a much needed break. It’s nice to know that when the time comes and Alex no longer wants to breastfeed that he will happily take milk from a bottle instead.
That is pretty much all that’s been going on with us breastfeeding wise the past few months, I will be writing another update when Alex is one to let you know if we managed to stick it out for a whole year. Fingers crossed we can do it.
Did you breastfeed or are you currently breastfeeding? I would love to hear all about your feeding experience in the comments, feel free to share all your jigs and lows and let’s hope that together we can show any new mums reading this what being a breastfeeding mum is really like.