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Breastfeeding highs and lows

National Breastfeeding Week starts this Friday and with it the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt takes place. The aim is to educate and inform families about breastfeeding as well as sharing experiences, and all those who enter have the chance of winning a fantastic Grand Prize made up of lots of new mum goodies. Milk & Mummy is contributing to the prize and, along with many other organisations and bloggers, I’ve written a post about my latest breastfeeding experience:

You may remember my last post about breastfeeding – it was when Oliver was just 2 weeks old, I was finding feeding just as painful as the first time round and we’d just had his tongue tie cut to see if that might improve things. Fast forward 4 months to now and I’d love to say everything’s just hunky-dory – but I’d be lying if I did. Then again, let’s not be too morose – it’s not all bad! Of course every baby is different and every mummy is different but here is my little synopsis of the highs and lows of breastfeeding little Olly D:

LOW: Whilst feeding isn’t excruciatingly painful any longer, every feed is a frenzied tug of war. Oliver never seems to relax. He’s constantly pulling back so he’s just tugging on my nipple and I’m constantly re-latching him and burping him to try and sort out the problem. I don’t get those special moments that I did with Elsa, looking down at him thinking how happy he is feeding from his mummy. Now his hands are more active he’s hitting out and grabbing handfuls of flesh or hair (mine!) during the frenzy.

At least I have nice clothes to wear!

At least I have nice clothes to wear!

HIGH: He’s a super quick feeder. Probably max ten minutes each side. Very convenient for a second baby. His sister was about 45 minutes per side at the same age!

LOW: He’s sick after every feed. I wasn’t used to a sicky baby. I am now! More muslins, more bibs, more outfit changes and even more washing! It’s probably because he’s so quick and super greedy to get it down, that it mostly ends up coming up again!

HIGH: Despite the sicky-ness and speed of the feed, he’s putting on weight at a staggering rate – yep he’s a proper chunky monkey, and it’s all down to my milk!

LOW: The reason it’s all down to my milk because I’ve been a bit too scared to give him formula. I’d quite happily leave the “dream feed” to my husband and some formula milk but the few times he did have formula he was more sick than usual and I felt guilty. We used to give him a bottle once a week to make sure he’d take the bottle. But now I don’t have time to express so I have nothing to give him in a bottle. As a result, when we’ve tried the bottle again this week, he now won’t take it at all now. SIGH! There goes my ticket for a few hours break! We’ll keep working on it…

HIGH: The highest note of all is that Olly is such a happy baby, despite the sickness. He’s always smiling, and often laughing and of course, when all is said and done, that’s the most important thing.

Always smiling!

Always smiling!

LOW: He’s just cut his first teeth. Need I say more?!

About Me:

My name is Emma and I have three (!) wonderful babies. The oldest is my daughter Elsa, born in 2011 the second is “Milk & Mummy” my online boutique selling beautiful breastfeeding clothes and launched in 2012, and the youngest is my son Oliver, born in August 2014. All three exhaust me, excite me and make me proud on a daily basis and naturally all vie for my attention! But of course I wouldn't have it any other way.

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