Before the birth of my daughter I was all ready to breastfeed. I had bought the breast pump, the freezer bags to store my extra milk and I had also stocked up on breastfeeding bras. Ha – what a joke, I had no idea what I was really in for. Before I had left the hospital my nipples were cracked and bleeding, my daughter was screaming from starvation because my milk hadn’t come in, and I was getting majorly conflicting opinions from the midwives on whether I should start her on formula.
I should have been estastic that I was bringing home this beautiful healthy child but in reality I was freaking out at the idea that every two hours I would have to put my daughter on my boob and in turn feel like someone was sticking needles into my nipples. It was complete torture and when I think back to those first few weeks of my child’s life all I can think about was the amount of time I spent dreading the next breastfeed.
I eventually went back to the hospital where they helped both my baby and I learn how to latch on properly so that my nipples could finally heal and breastfeeding was less painful. However, I never needed those freezer bags as my supply was always so low that I spent the next few months worrying if my child was constantly hungry. I once expressed everyday for 2 months so that I had enough milk to leave the house for a couple of nights out, only to have my child refuse every single bottle. Oh the joys!!
Breastfeeding can be so bloody hard, and I absolutely support anyone who makes the decision to put their child on formula for whatever reason. However, if you need some handy tips to help you continue breastfeeding these brilliant videos from Midwife Cath could be exactly what you need. I wish I had these tips when I was breastfeeding. They would have saved me.
How did you find breastfeeding?