I truly believe there is no right or wrong way to nourish your baby. A fed and loved baby is a happy baby. I wanted to try breastfeeding Charlie, but before he was born I had bottles, a steriliser and a box of formula ready because I wasn’t prepared to make myself feel forced or overly pressured into believing I had to persevere through pain or any stress caused by breastfeeding. However, in the end Charlie turned out to be a very hungry baby and a baby that learnt to eat very quickly! (This was the same when it came to solids too, nothing can stop that boy from getting food into his stomach!)
I did have a few wobbles in the first 24 hours when I was convinced he wasn’t getting enough, but the midwives at the hospital were very quick to show me my supply was good. What I learnt later, from friends, was that a newborn’s stomach is the size of a cherry, so it’s very quick to fill! By the time we were home and my milk came in, I was more confident he was getting enough. However, this was when the pain started. After a very quick consultation with Belen, my midwife, it was clear Charlie had a tongue-tie. Belen saw him when he was 6 days old to snip his tie and help me master some different breastfeeding positions to make the whole thing more comfortable and we never looked back! Without the support of Bel, I probably would have changed Charlie to formula, so know that if breastfeeding is something you would like to persue, there is always support out there for you. Below I list out websites and resources I found helpful, including Belen’s information.
After a week of struggling to feed using the random pillows and cushions I had lying around the house, I finally sent my husband out to purchase a specific nursing pillow and it was a neck/back/shoulder/sanity saver! I wish I had taken the time to research these, as I ended up with the last one he could find at our local supermarket. It helped, but the design I sell here is so much more unique, compact and effective. One last thing I wanted to share that I had never heard of, but apparently is quite common, is that when I nursed Charlie I would get absolutely freezing cold. At first I thought it was simply because it was the start of winter, or maybe I was slightly anaemic. But it was every single feed, even if I felt warm at the start of it I would feel like I was sitting in a freezer at the end of it. If this happens to you, know that it’s quite normal and remember to put extra socks on and have a super snuggly blanket nearby….along with plenty of snacks and a hot drink of your choice!
I wish you all the luck with whatever feeding journey you dream of for you and your little one. Nothing can beat that milk-drunk sleep they do. Here's Charlie passing out on a plane journey after nursing:
Belen Chocano: Bel & Mums
La Leche League: www.llli.org
Madison Kannapel: Madoula (whilst Madison isn't a lactation specialist, she has 4 children of her own and is a wonderful perinatal support person and qualified Doula)