Today, mum Lucy has shared her experience of breastfeeding her little boy, Arthur…
I would not say I was an ‘earth mumma’, but I knew from the minute I fell pregnant that I wanted to breastfeed. Mainly because it looked like the simplest option – no sterilising, no worry about storing the milk when I was out, plus the reassurance that your body made it, so it must be good, right?
I was lucky, and Arthur latched on only minutes after I had given birth to him. It was incredible, and in that moment it was everything I had wanted, and more. My romantic ideal, however, became somewhat challenged when my milk came in – I was in pain. This did subside, but the difficulties with breastfeeding did become apparent; which shocked me, as these were never discussed at breastfeeding groups I had attended when pregnant.
I developed mastitis twice, which was excruciating. Arthur never broke his latch when he was too full, so I had no idea when to stop him feeding, and I worried about whether he had eaten enough. Not to mention what to wear when out and about! I am by no means a prude, but I think for many women, the idea of getting their breast out in public is something you have to overcome. Don’t get me wrong, I was discreet, but it is still something to get your head around.
Now, I am not writing this to ‘scaremonger’, I suppose I feel it is important to let other women out there know that there are challenges that come with breastfeeding, however, despite these, I absolutely loved it and wouldn’t change a thing.
When it comes to breastfeeding baby, and I think parenthood in general, my one piece of advice would be to let go of any preconceived ideas and relax into what will be the most rewarding journey of your life.