Breastfeeding Mothers – Vicki’s Story

Today on our blog, we are pleased to share mum, Vicki’s breastfeeding story…
Breastfeeding Mothers – Vicki’s Story
Breastfeeding Mothers – Vicki’s Story

My first child was born just before I was 24. I didn’t have a real understanding of breastfeeding or what it entailed but being a young Mum, I wanted to give it a go. I didn’t realise how much I would love it nor how demanding it would be.

My feeding journey to begin with wasn’t ideal; my son was on the 9th centile and slow at putting on weight. I didn’t feel the midwives or health visitors supported me enough either. Jenson, my son, was admitted at 2 days old to our local hospital for treatment of jaundice. We were given a feeding plan and the midwives help changed everything. Jenson was still slow at putting weight on but I made my own choice not to follow the advice of formula but instead I chose to express my own milk. He wasn’t interested in bottles so I continued to exclusively feed him. I attended a local breast feeding support group who were amazing at helping me and reassuring me with worries. By the time he was a few months old, he continued to gain weight, just slowly and our journey continued.

Breastfeeding Mothers – Vicki’s Story

I also found feeding Jenson painful initially and used a stress ball when he latched and my husband always had a cold drink for me to have as a distraction. I also temporarily used nipple shields, I alternated the use of these and they made my nipples recuperate quickly.

Second time round has been much easier, I still had the common aches and pains with sore nipples, bad latches, after birth contractions and leaky boobs but I felt much more prepared. I knew this time round that I wanted to feed and Emeline took to feeding like a duck to water. I ordered the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric breastpump and I love it, it makes expressing easy and efficient and I always produce a good amount. I have tried a lot earlier to feed Emeline with expressed milk from a bottle and also use it for her meals whilst weaning.

I felt really supported by friends with young children who offered advice and support; I listened and used what I felt I needed for our journey. I found that milk bags were brilliant for storing my expressed milk. I felt very nervous first time round so I would use a cape to cover Jenson and a necklace for him to play with, Emeline doesn’t like being under the cape though so I wear my normal tops with a feeding vest underneath to lift the top without showing my tummy. The best advice was to have bottles of water beside my bed with a straw for the night feeds and some biscuits to snack on, feeding made me so hungry.

I plan to feed for as long as our journey takes us, Jenson self-weaned around 10 months after gradually reducing to just morning and evening feeds but Emeline still feeds throughout the day. I hope she continues for as long as possible as I love the closeness, I love her looking in to my eyes and the love we share whilst I feed her.

A huge thank you to Vicky for sharing her breastfeeding experience with us. If you would like to share your experience of breastfeeding or expressing on our Medela Mums blog, please do get in touch with our PR team at emily@bumppr.co.uk.