I believe the way you feed your baby should be an informed choice. With this in mind I am taking part in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt, the goal of which is to educate families in breastfeeding and provide an online forum for people to share their own knowledge and experience on the subject.
The health benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mother are well documented. There is no denying that a mother’s own milk is the best for her newborn. This fact was in the back of my mind when I made the decision to breastfeed whilst I was pregnant with my first child. It seemed nonsensical to try anything else.
In the early weeks I really did struggle with breastfeeding. My first born was constantly feeding and, (I have learnt since!) due to poor attachment I was sore, drained (literarally!) and fed up. The thing that kept me going was my sister saying “breastfeeding is so handy when you are out and about when they are older” and that made sense.
Breast milk absolutely is the most convenient fast food around! It is to hand, sterilised, just the right temperature and in the perfect feeding vessel 24/7, 7 days of the week.
Once we got past the initial first few weeks we started to go out, firstly to Sure Start breastfeeding support groups, then to visit friends, out for days and even camping at weekends. My confidence grew with knowing his routine and feeding patterns and the pain diminished as I learnt to latch him on correctly. It was incredibly handy to be able to feed him whilst sitting chatting, watching TV, or on the laptop leaving hands free.
Night feeds are the thing most new mothers dread. But did you know breastfeeding mothers who co-sleep (safely) with their newborns actually get more sleep then bottle feeding mothers?! There is no denying the overwhelming tiredness you feel but the thought of getting out of bed to go downstairs to make up a bottle (in December when number 1 son was born!) was a complete no-no. This way I could stay in my warm bed, lie down and latch him on – yey!
With my 2nd baby I felt more confident and he seemed to know what to do so breastfeeding was a breeze this time. Obviously with an active toddler as well we couldn’t sit around feeding all day. He settled into a regular routine quickly as he had no choice and got used to being fed under my coat as I was walking around the park. Oh, the glamour! 🙂
The literature I received before I had my children was packed full of the health benefits of breastfeeding. However did not really give me the one crucial, practical and fantastic benefit that I found from breastfeeding. That is the convenience of it all!
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