Celebrating breastfeeding

Feeding my babies

I don’t have any pictures of me feeding my babies but feed them I did, in many different places and without apology.

 

Baby One

When I was pregnant with my first baby I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to breastfeed – no one around me ever had and I wasn’t convinced it was for me. But it was the right thing for us when she was born, it felt right but it was bloody hard work and I struggled for two weeks to get it going – it was my bloody mindedness that made me keep going. I felt completely overwhelmed by the responsibility of a baby and being her only source of food so we also introduced a bottle of formula every day from when she was about 3 months old and I know this enabled me to continue feeding her myself until she was one.

I still felt as bonded and connected to her as when she was breastfeeding and I have no regrets about that at all.

 

 

Baby Two

With my second baby she was only breastfed and I fed her for 2 years. I didn’t go back to my 9-5 job and I was a far more relaxed mother. She fed well straight away and we never experienced any difficulties at all.

 

 

Baby Three

With my third baby, he was too poorly to feed and he had a feeding tube inserted into his stomach on the day he was born. My milk came in and I used to pump to ease the pressure in my boobs and to keep my supply going. I expressed several times a day during the three days my son was alive. After he died I expressed only to ease the pressure on my boobs. I was asked if I would like medication to stop producing my milk – I didn’t, I liked making and leaking milk, it meant my son had been born, it was a reminder of him and I loved that.

 

 

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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.