Posted on March 30, 2011

My Breastfeeding Experience – Sonia aka Mummy Loves

I had just turned 19 when I had Lero in 1996; he was born by an emergency section and taken straight into neonatal care – I never considered breastfeeding, no-one ever asked, I was just told he had been given a bottle and I never questioned it! I was too ill to care to be honest. I was riddled with infections that they couldn’t find an antibiotic to kill – eventually they did and after 2 awful weeks in hospital I took my baby boy home. Breastfeeding never once crossed my mind to be honest! Lero was an angel -and slept through the night from 6 weeks! He still is an angel in fact even at 14 :O)
Bugs having Breakfast :O)
When I had Boo I just presumed I would bottle feed, that was how I fed my babies! Boo was another emergency c section and the midwife convinced me in theatre to give breastfeeding a shot! So I did for 24 hours (if that) I didn’t like it! I couldn’t do it! I wasn’t confident! I cried the whole time because I didn’t feel in control of how much milk by baby was getting! So I stopped just like that, without another thought! Boo slept through the night from day 2! 
 My Happy Breastfed Baby

Towards the end of my pregnancy with Bugs I decided that Bugs may well be my last baby and I want to know what it feels like to have breastfed one of my babies properly!!! So he was born by elective section and within an hour or so he was latched on and feeding happily! It didn’t come naturally to me at all! I was as unconfident as I was with Boo and I could not for the life of me get him latched on properly and my nipples just kept blistering and bleeding.

In the first 6 weeks I almost gave up so many times! The amount of time I sat crying in pain as he fed and the amount of times I said this is the last feed… James please go and buy some formula! Those 6 weeks were the hardest of my life! Bugs cluster fed every night from 5pm until 2-4am so I was walking round like a zombie most of the time! If it hadn’t been for twitter and some brilliant websites (which I will list at the end of this post) and the advice from really lovely people then I am sure I would have called it a day!

I was expressing after nearly every feed to try and increase my milk supply and I started to give him a bottle of expressed milk at bedtime (he would take 11ozs LOL) and that help reduce the cluster feeding. He is now 8 months old and I love breastfeeding him, I would say it was worth every single bit of pain and tiredness! I am dreading the day we have to stop to be honest & am going to continue until he no longer “needs” me anymore! 
An Amazing Connection!
He has just cut 3 top teeth, so now has 3 top and 3 bottom and his favourite activity at the moment is to grind them together *ouch* Hmmm maybe we’ll be stopping sooner LOL Any tips to get him to stop?
I read many many sites in those first few weeks and am so thankfully for all the help there is out there! Here are just some that I can remember reading  –
Geraldine at Let’s Breastfeed was VERY helpful to me!
Dr Jack Newman

I am sure there are many more that I visited but I don’t remember now – If you have any useful sites that you would like to share then please feel free to add them to the comments and maybe we can help someone else with their breastfeeding journey!

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  • Reply The Domestic Anarchist June 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Another lovely post. I'm so glad you managed to successfully breastfeed with Maxwell. I didn't breastfeed my first but I am now BF my son and 11 months on it's still going well. Thanks for linking this up for National Breastfeeding Week 🙂 x

  • Reply Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin June 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    So great that you managed to breast feed your gorgeous Maxwell and experienced how it feels compared to bottle feeding. You did so well to keep going with such sore nipples ouch!! It is hard to start with to get them to latch on, so easy to give up I may have done had I not had the support I had. Xx

  • Reply @HelenW71 April 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    You've done brilliantly S & I'm glad it's been a rewarding experience for you both.
    Because of my bad health I never planned to breastfeed long-term, but here I am almost 7m down the line & still going too. Like you I'll be really sad when it comes to an end. A great bond & an amazing experience.

  • Reply Dorothee77 March 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks for this post. I could not breast feed my son (28 hours of labor, emergency C section), I was just in such a mess. Then I had my daughter, planned c section so I was more relaxed and less tired. I tried to breast feed for 2 weeks but then the pain was so immense I gave up. And since then I feel guilty (she's 6 months old now).
    Perhaps for the 3rd one I will have another go?

  • Reply Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Great post sis, I have so much admiration for you having managed it for so long

  • Reply Mrs E March 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post and I hope you dont mind but I have commented on it in my blog.

    Take a look-

    I am new to blogging so not sure if this is the 'done' thing to do, please let me know if its not and you want it deleting! I have no idea of the blogging etiquette yet! It just inspired me, and the post before this one as well.

    Katie 🙂

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