I love catching up with other mothers and hearing all their breastfeeding stories, it's such a beautiful part of being a parent. I'm always in awe of how generally our newborns are so capable and reflexive in their search for the breast and their latching on.
This part of the website is my own diary of those first few post-partum weeks and also gives you the opportunity to relate your own experiences, whether they be good or bad, whether you were supported or felt this time was the toughest you'd ever experienced.
I really feel too that so much time is spent getting ready for birthing and so little on initiating breastfeeding that it's a good place to get some ideas about the things that may go wrong and how I overcame them.
Some of the mothers I've met along the way had a relatively easy and blissful time and other breastfeeding stories were of these tough mothers gritting their teeth and showing as much courage as anyone could muster.
Sharing these experiences can help other pregnant women to prepare for what's to come, and new mothers to cope with and understand what they're going through, and I really hope my breastfeeding stories help other mothers like you to feel like you can get through the initial bumps in the breastfeeding journey.
My First Baby
Feeding Infants - My Son's Birthday
My Second Baby
Do you have a story you'd like to share? Whether it be good, bad, euphoric or depressed, every experience is one that is likely to be shared by someone else and can help other women prepare for their own breastfeeding journey.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Breastfeeding at 2 months
My son was born 8 lbs 15 oz on January 4, 2013. He was in the hospital for 5 days because I had a c-section. He lost 1 lb and the doctors were really concerned. …
I had to wean my 2 year old to be able to conceive again
I'd had a really lovely breastfeeding relationship with my first daughter and had planned on letting her self wean, but I ended up having to wean her just …
My baby cluster fed for 14 hours some days
When I was pregnant the placenta stopped functioning efficiently in the third trimester. I was naturally pretty worried about my baby but I was told everything …
Gastro really affected my milk supply
I went back home recently for a funeral and ended up catching a gastro bug. Vomiting, diarrhea the whole thing. So badly that I couldn't even go to the …
Even though I had experienced breastfeeding two babies, my third baby was really challenging to feed
My second child had only just finished breastfeeding a few months before my daughter was born and I thought everything would be really easy, but I was …
Colostrum from one breast, milk from the other!
I was still breastfeeding my son when my daughter was born. I wasn't quite sure what would happen when the new baby started feeding but I knew intuitively …
My baby had a hole in the heart and was too tired to breastfeed
When my daughter was born she was diagnosed with a hole in her heart. This made her really sleepy. We tried to breastfeed but it was really difficult …
I always find it funny listening to expecting parents or new parents who think that they will be able to fit their baby into their existing lifestyle. I think it's really uncommon to have such an easy time of it all.
My own breastfeeding story about this happening to a degree happened in the first two weeks. I was in a fair bit of pain from tearing quite a lot during the birth and so we went, as a family, out to get me to an acupuncture appointment.
Now I didn't do any kind of routine feeding with my baby, it was all breastfeeding on demand and we certainly didn't have any kind of pattern in those early days.
Anyway, the car lulled my little guy to sleep and we were a little bit early so we went and sat in a park to wait.
Time was getting close and my husband and I decided that it would be a good idea to give my little guy some milk before I went in because he was likely to wake up soon and I didn't want to leave a screaming, hungry baby with my husband if I didn't have to.
Well we tried to wake him up.
And we tried to latch him on....
And I tried to give him a feed.....!
So much for dream feeding (where you feed your baby a top up while they're asleep). It didn't work at all!! My little guy wasjust in too heavy a sleep to really open his eyes or co ordinate his suck and latch.
Ha Ha, deary me!
So we ended up with a screaming hungry baby and a stressed dad by the end of my appointment. At least we tried though!
Note: I never got dream feeding working - I think you have to get your baby when they are going into that lighter state of sleep to get it to work. however, in my opinion after watchin lots of different mothers talk about their babies sleep habits, it's really not necessary to top up your baby for overnight feeds. They are either good sleepers or they're not!