My Breastfeeding Story: How Lactation Support Helped My Breastfeeding Journey
The next in our series of real mum’s breastfeeding stories, Aimee (One Mama’s Kingdom), shares her story of how lactation support and advice helped her have faith while learning how to breastfeed her first born. Despite her initial doubts second time around, she found feeding her youngest son a whole different story!
My first baby was born back in 2017, and after his birth, it took me a long while to get to grips with it all. Breastfeeding did not come as naturally as I thought it would, and I really lacked some lactation support and advice from the midwives at the hospital.
Feeding my baby caused me a lot of pain, tears, and at times I dreaded feeding him because it hurt me so much. I remember even having to leave my best friend’s wedding to go and visit the doctor about my cracked nipple. I had heaps of self-doubt about my ability to breastfeed, mixed with concerns about a baby not putting on weight, and I was also obsessed with timing my feeds which meant I struggled to relax. I was also told I needed to pump to keep my supply up which made me even more anxious as I was convinced it was going against ‘nature’s way’. I truly was overwhelmed by motherhood and everything else around me. I wasn’t a happy mama feeding in that first month!
For me, it all changed when I visited a lactation consultant. She showed me another position to try and feed in, which helped me to relax and breathe through each feed. It was a complete game changer. I had so much more confidence with my feeding from that point on and continued to breastfeed my baby for 8 months with no problems!
With my second son, who recently arrived, it was a whole different story. I had a calm and relaxed approach, and he seemed to grasp feeding quickly. As soon as nipple pain set in, I used my Medela Swing Flex Breast Pump to express instead, to give my nipples a chance to recover and heal. My pump was my life line. We haven’t carried on pumping however, purely because breastfeeding is going so well, no more nipple pain!
I have a healthy growing baby, so we are just going to go with the flow and see where we end up. You cannot prepare a new mum for the emotional rollercoaster that being a new mum trying to breastfeed can be, but I hope by sharing my experiences, it will allow others to know that they are not alone and are not failing in their role of mother!
Thank you to mum, Aimee, for sharing her breastfeeding experience. If you would like to share your breastfeeding story please email, firstname.lastname@example.org