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A special bond between mother and baby
Breastfeeding in General
Member Name: Littledreamer
Breastfeeding in General
Advantages: Bonding,free, easy, no bottles to sterilise
Disadvantages: Your partner can't help with the feeding
In the past when my friends have had babies and mentioned that they were breast feeding, I said that I wouldn't do that. I don't know why I said that because as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I said that I was going to breast feed, or at least give it a go.
I had an emergency C section and after being rather sleepy, my little girl latched on really well and the midwives were pleased with our progress, but when we left the hospital it all seemed to go wrong for a few days. The first few days she was feeding every two hours for about 45 minutes or so which meant that I only had an hour and 15 minutes most times before she wanted feeding again and it was making me exhausted. The first night at home was the worst when she was four days old as I don't think my milk had come through properly. I didn't feel that my breasts had filled up and they didn't look any different. My friends said that their breasts had looked like Dolly Parton when their milk had come in but mine just looked the same as usual. My daughter would latch onto the breast, then fall asleep. I kept trying to put her back in her Moses basket to sleep, then she would start screaming for more food. This went on for around 4 solid hours and I was so exhausted. It was a terrible night and I didn't think I could do it, but I was determined to keep trying.
The next day and night was better as my milk started to come through and we soon got the hang of it. The first couple of weeks are hard, but once my baby had settled into a bit of a routine things became easier. I carried on with the breast feeding, but introduced formula at 1 week old for the evening and night time feeds so that my partner could help with the feeding and my little one would go for longer on formula so it helped her through the night.
I had concerns though about how much she was getting during the day as it is sometimes hard to know when she has finished as she sometimes pulls herself off then goes back for more. I started expressing milk using a pump when she was 2 weeks old and giving her the same amount in a bottle as it says on the formula packs for her weight. This seemed to help with the frequency of the feeding and she soon settled into feeding every three hours and has stuck to that (she is now nearly 18 weeks). I give her 2 actual breast feeds a day, 2 expressed breast feeds and 2 formula feeds each day at roughly the same time as she is pretty much like clockwork and asks for it roughly every three hours.
Breast feeding gives such a fantastic bond between mother and baby, and I can't describe that feeling of closeness. It has brought me to tears (of happiness) many times when she has been sucking on me. It gives your baby the best start as it passes on antibodies to help stop your child getting ill and can assist with stopping your child developing certain heatlh conditions.
It is also free! We must save a fortune by me breast feeding, and you don't have to worry about sterilising any equipment either, unless you start expressing too.
I would advise all mothers to be to seriously consider breastfeeding if you are able to. Yes it is tough to start with, but it gets easier, and it is something very special between you and your baby. I'm glad I made the decision to breast feed.
For further information on the health benefits and anything you want to know about breast feeding, I found this website really useful www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
Summary: Breast feeding gives your baby the best start
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