Welcome to World Breastfeeding Week 2022.
A week where ‘breast’ can be portrayed as best, it’s important to highlight the joys and difficulties we may face when it comes to breastfeeding our children.
This Year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is about educating and supporting. Two extremely fundamental pieces to the nursing puzzle we all face as new moms.
For some, babies latch onto their mothers like magic and together they seem to have an easy journey together. For others, the duo relationship is a little trickier, and breastfeeding comes with trials and tribulations you figure out on the run.
I was bottle fed as a child and my Mother always tells me the story of how she used to cradle both of us in her arms, gaze into our eyes and experience a connection of pure love.
The power of love succumbs all..
For me, breastfeeding both my boys (George 3) and (Maxi 1) has been positively challening to say the least. A mix of beautiful and complex. An extreme of tiredness and joy. A journey of tuition and instinct. With George, our first, my milk supply was so low. After a rough week in hospital, with fevers, blood transfusions and a cocktail of drugs and antibiotics, a breast pump was rolled into my room, where both midwives and doctors encouraged me to express with every opportunity I was given. Mixing both formula and my low supply, this helped George bounce back to an optimum weight where I managed to exclusively breastfeed onwards.
For me, it was my goal to keep going for as long as I could, with the support of midwives and lactation consultants. They made me feel like I was doing a great job, they gave me different techniques along the way, gave me a shoulder to cry on, and also said it will get easier, which it did!
Maxi, our second little boy was a cluster feeder as a newborn, which was fantastic for milk supply, although turned into oversupply for a few months. However, with a 2 year old toddler it felt like Maxi was endlessly feeding and I was torn between the two, especially during our Winter last year which seemed like it rained every day! I’m still feeding Maxi, which is something I’m proud of.
Both breastfeeding journey’s have helped me to fine tune and develop my MUMMA MILLA range. The bralettes have been designed to make you feel powerful, feminine, in control and comfortable and most importantly catch those leaks we all experience through our t-shirts! Lifting up our clothes to feed every few hours, it’s nice to wear a maternity piece that makes you feel like, you.
To celebrate this week let’s all band together and share our stories. What hurdles do you/ did have on your breastfeeding journeys? What are your favourite things about breastfeeding your baby? Comment below!
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