When I was pregnant with Noah I wasn’t sure about breastfeeding, I didn’t “feel” like I wanted to breastfeed and I can’t explain why! It might be because I had never been around people that breastfed, or that were breastfeeding in front of me – I really don’t know! All I do know is that I tried to breastfeed and I know in my heart of hearts (because of how well Isla is doing) that I didn’t give it a proper chance with Noah and I should have persevered. If I had of given it a few more days then I am sure that I would have breastfed Noah for a lot longer than I did.
I didn’t realise that for the first couple of weeks they use you to get your body into a routine of what milk they need and this means that they might feed a little more often than the “4” hour routine. I didn’t realise many things to be honest and I now know it was all down to the support that I had, or didn’t have.
It’s not that I wasn’t offered support, I remember my antenatal classes and they tell you about support groups (BRA’s) and they did talk about breastfeeding for a little while, but to be honest it didn’t help me! I didn’t realise what I needed to know about before I had Noah and it’s only now that I have been through it (for the past 6 weeks) with Isla that I understand what I didn’t before… that sounds a little gobbled doesn’t it? What I mean is, I was told about a support group and I was told about leaflets, but that didn’t explain to me WHY I needed a support group. At that time, I simply thought – you have a baby and it feeds! I remember thinking to myself when expressing that I could just express once in the morning and once at night and I will always have enough for Noah for the day and night. Which is completely not the case, I didn’t think about the 4 hour routine and that if I didn’t express enough milk throughout that 24 hour period then my milk will stop.
Since having Noah and being pregnant with Isla, I came across many other mums and friends that were having babies and that were breastfeeding and I gained a lot of support and advice from them. Friends that would literally feed without question or hesitation, no matter where they were; that would be ready to fight for their right to breastfeed in public and that would be there to talk to me whenever I needed it.
I feel 100% different about breastfeeding this time around, I am not afraid to feed and I feel like I know what I am doing this time. I do regret not breastfeeding Noah for longer and I do wish that I knew more about it. I suppose the main thing for me is that if I had known what I do now, I would have gone to the groups and I would have made a lot more effort with Noah… my advice to anyone out there who isn’t sure about breastfeeding, please do speak to friends and family and do ask how it works.
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