Isla is officially 6 weeks old now so ive successfully made it past the first month and I feel extremely proud for it, so I should! It’s not easy, it’s emotionally draining when you have 2 and also draining on your body. Keeping up your energy levels by eating and resting, sometimes just simply doesn’t happen in my house, the amount of times my day has started at 4am and running around after Noah I forget to have a proper lunch.
Because I only breastfed for a short time with Noah, I never developed a milk supply, like I have with Isla. This time around there have been quite a few surprises along the way. When you have an established milk supply, usually after 4 weeks, your body knows when to produce milk and gets prepared accordingly. I know it’s time for milk because my boobs feel extremely heavy and I get a strange “fizzy” feeling, which is the rush of milk coming through. It amazes me!
The first time Isla dipped out of her 4 hour routine, she slept 6 hours at night and for 24 hours my right boob was so sore where it had become engorged, I had flu symptoms and just felt awful, but I persevered and Isla still fed, which was great, but sore. I didn’t realise this would happen, I suppose it makes complete sense when you think about the cycle my body has created around Isla.
Unfortunately it’s come to the time where I need to start thinking about weaning Isla onto formula, I don’t want to but hubby needs me to go back to work, helping him take photos at weddings (I can’t do that whilst breast feeding). At 6 weeks, Isla now has 1 formula bottle at night time and rest of day is breastfed and next week I will drop another feed and at the wedding I will have to make sure I remember to express! There’s a new experience for my lunch break. I did laugh at myself, I originally planned to go to the first wedding shoot (of 12 hours), still exclusively breast feeding and just thought well I can express before and Isla can take it from the bottle. Silly me! What about when I’m at the wedding and a) get sore/leaky boobs where they’re expecting Isla to feed and b) how can I express every 4 hours at someone’s wedding? It’s all rather complicated, trying to work out what’s best, especially as I don’t really want to give up breast feeding, but I know she’s had the greatest start and I’m proud i made it this far.
A top tip for other mums in my position is to think properly about weaning off the breast, do it gradually and enjoy your moments with your baby whilst they are still solely using mummy for dinner! I have loved every moment of breast feeding Isla and I have got some memories I’ll treasure forever, she’s grown and it’s all because of me. If the business wasn’t there, I’d certainly carry on for months and give her an even better start in life, but at the end of it all a few months breast feeding isn’t too bad.
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