New blogger Katie tells us her experience of breastfeeding this morning! You can find Katie’s blog here http://mummydaddyandmemakesthree.blogspot.com/ and you may also find her on Twitter @mummydaddyme – Thanks Katie for taking the time to tell us about your experience x
Being new to the blogging world, I have been looking all night at lots of inspirational blogs and posts, especially about breastfeeding as this is a subject close to my heart at the moment.
Mads is currently fourteen weeks and I have been breast feeding and expressing exclusively since she was born. She was born by c-section and at the hospital, although the midwives were all brilliant, I found it very difficult to latch her on due to being sore. To make matters worse I hated hospital so discharged myself after just one night, when I really should have stayed in longer. Therefore I don’t think I got the initial support that I should have done.
The first week was awful. I can honestly say I have never been in so much pain. I remember feeling like a piranha was chomping on my nipple every time she latched on. I sobbed my heart out every time she was due a feed and the pain actually made my toes curl. I had done NCT antenatal classes and during them they told us that if we were doing it right it wouldn’t hurt. (Since then all the mothers in my class have admitted it hurt them too- I am not sure if we were all doing it wrong?)
The pain did get less intense over time- especially after slathering on tons of Lansinoh cream and after a while it didn’t hurt at all. The cream was my lifesaver and I couldn’t put it on fast enough.
However then we hit our next obstacle! I developed such bad mastitis that myself and Mads had to go back into hospital where we both were on antibiotics and I was on a drip. This was a really low point and I wanted to give up, I felt so deflated by it all and I can honestly say that I have never felt so ill. If anyone who is breastfeeding gets flu like symptoms then get help straight away as it can develop so quickly.
After this episode Mads completely rejected my left breast, and to this day still only feeds off the right one. (She is a fussy little madam even at 13 weeks!) so I have to constantly express off the left hand side which is very time consuming and frustrating. I have to express off it every three hours in order to keep the supply up and so this makes going out for the day very difficult and sometimes makes me feel a little trapped. I have developed mastitis in that side four times now, each time making me so close to giving up. The doctors have given me extra antibiotics so I can stop the mastitis as soon as I feel it coming.I went to get Mads weighed the other day and the health visitor there said she had never seen someone have mastitis five times and carry on nursing.
Yet I am still breast feeding.
Because for all those setbacks it is something I set my heart on doing, and something which truly makes me feel good. I love the fact I am giving my daughter a great start in life, and I love the feeling of closeness I get when we are snuggled up together before she goes to sleep. I also love the funny faces that she pulls when she is really hungry and tries to latch on. (Anyone who has breastfed will know exactly what faces I mean!)
Yes it does hurt to start with, but once you have got used too it, it is a lovely experience. And best of all it’s free which helps the maternity leave bank balance.
I am off to a hen party next month and I am already panicking about what I am going to do. Fair enough I have enough expressed bottles stored up to feed all the babies in my town, but there are a number of worries…
1. Will my husband be able to cope with Mads without my booby there on standby in case of a major baby crying episode?
2. How am I going to cope getting dressed up as a sexy lady bird (yes you read it right-that’s the theme) with big, leaking boobs and no baby nearby to relieve me?
3. And how on earth am I going to manage the breast pump after a few sneaky beverages?
Despite all this I will continue to breastfeed for as long as I can.
There will be people out there who decide not to breastfeed, and there will be people out there who try it and for whatever reason can’t continue, and they shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for not continuing, it is our choice as mummy’s.
However I can truly say that it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done!