My Breastfeeding Story: Finding the Right Position for Making Breastfeeding
Next in our series of real mums’ breastfeeding stories, we hear from Amy, author of the parenting blog, Becoming Mumsy. This includes breastfeeding positions, sore nipples, expressing and her tips for making breastfeeding easier.
When I was pregnant, I was completely unsure as to whether I would want to breastfeed. I’d heard all of the information about it and tips for making breastfeeding easier, but I was still on the fence. My husband was, of course, keen for me to give it a go but, ultimately, left the decision up to me.
Within minutes of me being in recovery, after my C-section, I was asked by the midwife whether I would like to try to latch my daughter on for the first time. I was so nervous. I had no idea what to do, how it would feel, or if I would be comfortable doing it but I wanted to at least try. My daughter latched on straight away, with the midwife helping me to find a breastfeeding position that we could work with. I was so proud of myself and from that moment on, I knew that I wanted to try my hardest to breastfeed.
After being on the ward, another midwife could see that I was struggling with positions and getting comfortable when feeding, so offered to help me with the ‘rugby hold’. This was so much better for my healing tummy and my daughter’s latch was much deeper and effective. So, for the next few weeks we kept using this technique, until my stomach was fully healed.
My breastfeeding journey was not as smooth as it may appear though. The first two weeks were agony for me. Looking back now, my daughter’s latch was not as great as I thought it was. This resulted in me having cracked and bleeding nipples – ouch!
I was so determined not to give up though. Although I was in so much pain and I was crying with each feed, I persevered and I’m so glad that I did. There were times that I’d be so upset, that my husband would bring me my breast pump so that we could try and give my daughter milk in that way but she would just not take a bottle.
I ended up watching so many latch technique videos online, which became my saviour in this journey. I would definitely recommend trying to find some nursing videos as I honestly believe that this helped our journey! I was so thrilled when the pain began to subside after two weeks and since then we have exclusively breastfed.
Feeding in public for the first time was something else though. I was so nervous. After seeing so many horror stories in tabloids it really worried me that someone would say something. However, I’ve never had a negative experience. I’m sure I’ve had strange looks cast my way but I’ve never noticed them. In the moment when I’m feeding my daughter, I’m entirely focused on her and her needs. It’s just become a normal way of life for us!
“It’s made me love my body even more so than I did for birthing my daughter, as it’s still continuing to allow me to nourish her.”
Now 8 months in, and 2 months past my original goal of breastfeeding for 6 months, we have found our groove. It’s made me love my body even more so than I did for birthing my daughter, as it’s still continuing to allow me to nourish her. It’s created such a strong bond between us, and I have now extended my breastfeeding goal to one year!
If there were any tips that I could offer, it would be to ask for help if you need it and have access to it. Breastfeeding is not an easy ride, as so many like to believe. Breastfeeding takes a lot of time to adjust to and even then, can still present some challenges. So always ask for help if you need it!