Normal Breastfeeding

There’s no such thing as ‘normal’. It’s a phrase we all hear throughout our lives, but when it comes to breastfeeding it really does ring true.  You and your baby will have your own, unique experience when it comes to breastfeeding. It’s not only dependent on you, but on your child – so even if you had a tough time feeding baby number one, breastfeeding baby two could be a lot easier, or the other way around!
Normal Breastfeeding

Every week on the Medela Facebook we get questions from mums asking whether their child is feeding too often, too little, more at night than in the day – more than my friend’s baby etc. The important thing to remember is there are no rules and regulations. Breastfed babies feed until they are full, and often on demand. Your body is so clever and will produce exactly the right amount of milk for your baby.

Although most breastfeeding mums will know this, it’s often hard to accept and many look for validation – am I really feeding my baby enough? Just to prove to you all that each and every experience is completely different Medela did some research into breastfeeding, and here is what they found:

Normal Breastfeeding infographic

So you see! There really is no such thing as normal.

We asked some of our blogging friends to share their breastfeeding stories, because the more real-life stories you hear the more certain you become that there is no pattern! We loved reading (and watching!)  these stories, whatever stage of breastfeeding you are at – or if you are a first time pregnant mum do take a look! We will be sharing these with you over the coming weeks and have picked a few for now:

Watch Danni discuss her normal here:

http://www.itstartedwithasquish.com/breastfeeding-my-normal/

Here are some little extracts from other stories mums shared, click on the links to read the full article:

‘When I was pregnant and I had those first few signs that my breasts were getting ready to one day feed my baby was shocking but really quite wonderful. Although I had difficulties breastfeeding at first down to Charles having tongue-tie resulting in my nipples being so sore and cracked that they bled, and then with us dealing with thrush, I embraced breastfeeding and my breasts never felt more beautiful, even when one was engorged and squirting milk across the room whilst the other was left drained by a milk-drunk baby.’ http://www.realhousewifeofsuffolk.co.uk/2014/07/breastfeeding-and-how-i-view-my-body-now.htm

‘Now I will be honest breastfeeding took some time to settle, my nipples were sore for weeks, five weeks I think , I just remember sending the OH out for nipple cream, a lot of it and then waking up and my nipples just not hurting, literally over night they just stopped!

But the worrying didn’t stop there I was constantly noting the feeds, time and durations worryingly that I didn’t have enough milk, that he wasn’t putting on weight (he was but there is nothing like the red book of percentiles to give you an obsession! )’ http://justjuggling.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/our-breastfeeding-journey-so-far/