My Breastfeeding Story: Battling Through the Pain and My Tips for Making Breastfeeding Easier
New Mum, Amanda, shares her journey of breastfeeding her daughter Thea, including her top tips for making breastfeeding easier.
Since I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed as I had many friends and family members who were breastfeeding champions. My sister especially was a breastfeeding queen and gave me some great tips for making breastfeeding easier! I wanted to do them proud as well as give my daughter the best start to life that I possibly could.
I feel I was very lucky with feeding, as I didn’t have any problems with my milk supply, however that doesn’t mean my breastfeeding journey wasn’t hard. I remember being told before I gave birth that if breastfeeding hurts, then you’re doing it wrong! I found that it did hurt in the first few weeks, because you’re doing something you’ve never done before and being used as a human milk machine! I think it’s only an issue if the pain doesn’t stop after a short time after the initial latch.
Whilst I was getting my bearings with the first month of breastfeeding, I didn’t know what to expect so decided to just go with what felt best and worked well for me and my daughter. I didn’t cluster feed Thea, because I found that she seemed to constantly feed for about 4 months. I couldn’t get her off me!
Having my friends and family to support me when I was unsure was incredibly helpful, the best advice I got was “when in doubt, whip it out!”.
My top breastfeeding tip is to have a bottle of water to hand while you’re feeding, one which you can open with one hand – it’s very thirsty work!
My advice to other mummies would be to sit back and enjoy these peaceful, soon to be pain free, feeds! It is so worth it and rewarding once you get the hang of it.
Breastfeeding is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and having my baby smile up at me during a feed is a gift I will forever treasure.
I wouldn’t change a single thing about our breastfeeding journey, my baby needed me, I needed the bond and I wouldn’t have got through those first few months if I didn’t have breastfeeding to nurture that special bond between my daughter and I.
Thank you to mum, Amanda, for sharing her breastfeeding experience. If you would like to share your breastfeeding story please email, firstname.lastname@example.org