I really believe we all need to talk more about breastfeding. About how to do it not just why.
My son weighed a tiny 3lb when he was born and spent a long time in ICU. Breastfeeding was a topic high on the agenda and the hospital were keen to get me started straight away. He needed my milk. Trouble was I had had no labour and the milk wasn’t exactly flowing! But, because it was so importnat and because I was lucky enough to hav great satff I got A LOT of help. I was given a book to read on breastfeeding which showed positions, I was given an expressing machine, I was given access to a lactation specialist, a wise midwife pummelled my breats till the milk came! Someone took a photo of my son in ICU and encouraged me to look at this whilst I expressed to encourage the milk. The whole process of breast milk why it is benefical positions etc was explained to me several times.
After 7 weeks of expressing EVERY 2-3 hours just enough to pour down a nose tube, my darling son began to gain the strength to feed. He eventually breastfed for 15 months. I am so, so pleased this worked for us. I fed my daughter too for 2 years and I loved this. Times of complete bonding, exhaustion, songs, neediness and togetherness.
Breastfeeding NEEDS to be talked about, we need to help each other with it, prepare for it and learn about it. Everyone tells you to try and do it but it is the HOW to do it we all need help with! It is like riding a bilke (once you can do it,,,you can do it!) but how much practice does riding a bike take! If you dont crack breastfedding early your baby screams and your boobs get sore. So I would advise you plan prepare, educte yourself, watch videos and read books. PREPARE all you can.
I have just been sent this video from Philips Avent Family who I did some finance and mums filimng with earlier this year. I think it is fab video. A midwife, a feeding mama and a pregnant lady having a chat, dispelling myths, sharing ideas and concerns about feeding. We need to do this…breastfedding needs to be an open topic and one we know HOW to do not just WHY we should.