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THE BABY FEEDING SERIES THE UNNATURAL MOTHER

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Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.



So this week we are back with another instalment for you and this week we have Becci from The Unnatural Mother who offered a post namely 'To boob or not to boob' and so I had to feature this, what a title eh? But Becci kindly shares her breastfeed story with her two child, so with that I shall hand you over to Becci

TO BOOB OR NOT TO BOOB...

I breastfeed both my children. Harry for 10 weeks and Charley for 5 months. I also bottle fed my children along side breastfeeding, Harry from 5 days old and Charley from 2 weeks. My aim when I gave birth to Harry was to breastfeed exclusively for at least 6 months but like most things, in life, it didn’t turnout that way.My 1st night in the hospital was in every sense of the world uncomfortable. I was sore from being stitched, tired from a long labour and scared as I hadn’t a clue how to breastfeed. Read as many books as you like but you can’t practice breastfeeding! The breastfeeding nurse had done her duty and been to see me, latching Harry onto me ( 6th attempt ) and then disappearing. He would latch on for 2 minutes then come back off. This pretty much went on all night. If I was feeling sorry for myself the poor girl next to me had it worse. She was being woken every 3 hours by the nurses to express milk and then her baby was being cup fed. She was tired but just like me but the echo’s of “breast is best ” kept us trying. 

The pain was excruciating, the constant latching on & off was tiresome and I felt trapped indoors from the need to get a boob out every 20 minutes. By day 5 the decision was taken out of my hands and I was sent off for a bath while my husband gave Harry a bottle of formula. I cried my eyes out that I had failed my goal but I also cried tears of joy that the pressure had been taken off me to exclusively BF. I carried on combine feeding for another 9 weeks but it came to a natural end at 10 weeks when Harry decided he liked the bottle better than my boob. This was fine for me, I had had enough!

When I was planning for Charley’s birth I put myself under no pressure and packed formula in my hospital bag.I would decide on the day how I would feed her. Charley took 3 long days to come out and when eventually she popped out I had decided in my head to bottle feed her but Charley had other ideas and latched on without me even trying. Simple as that, she latched on, fed & went to sleep. I had no excuse with Charley not to exclusively breastfeed but I didn’t.I didn’t want to !! I decided that I wanted to have a small part of my life back and for Charley not to be reliant on me 24/7. Every mum is allowed a night off !!!

When I meet other mums for the 1st time, sometimes before I have even had a chance to say my name I am asked if I have breastfed. My answer is yes but you may as well ask what I voted in the Referendum. The answer doesn’t matter. My children are healthy & happy and that’s all that matters.

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About Becci

Becci is happily married to my darling husband Lee and together they have two very cheeky monkey's called Harry & Charley-Rose. The UnNatural Mother covers all aspects of being a Mummy from how to cope with sleep deprivation to the importance of finding a career you love.



You can find Haley over at The UnNatural Mother


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