So it’s national breastfeeding week me and Logan have just reached 6 months of breastfeeding!
So what better time to share my breastfeeding journey!
The other day I read on Instagram that only 80% of women breastfeed when leaving the hospital, 30% are still breastfeeding by 6 weeks and only 1% breastfeed 6 months!
That’s an incredibly low statistic! Now I’m all for making your own choices if you want to formula feed on the get-go, good for you! But the main reason it’s so low is that there’s not enough support out there and unfortunately some people are still very opinionated on breastfeeding by thinking its wrong. These people aren’t normal people in my opinion.
Luckily in my experience, I’ve received no negative comments(so far) the first time I went out in public with Logan I was so nervous about feeding him because of all the horror stories that I’d read on facebook. After the first few times passed my anxiety wore off, no one cares or even notices because its so discreet you can’t see anything. I’ve had strangers come up and congratulate me on choosing to breastfeed which is really quite lovely but it shouldn’t be that way. Not that I’m complaining, but it shouldn’t because it should be normal.
Now I’ll be honest this whole breastfeeding journey hasn’t been positive. Especially in the beginning, it wasn’t very pleasant. My nipples cracked badly and bled all because Logan’s latch wasn’t the best. Reason being he has a lip tie, which made it difficult for him to latch properly.
Also, the cluster feeds were so damn draining it got to the point it upset me and made me think I wasn’t producing enough milk. Which were completely wrong I was producing more than enough milk.
With the right support behind me, I’ve stuck to it and Logan is now a boobie pro! So much so he doesn’t show any signs of wanting to stop anytime soon he loves it too much.
It’s great what breastfeeding has done for the both of us, our bond is incredible. I mean I’m sure it would have been regardless but there is something just so special when feeding him it’s so hard to explain.
The health benefits for us both are great too that was one of the reasons I wanted to try breastfeeding. Our breasts are absolutely magical, if he’s ill they’ll create antibodies to fight the infection all by his salvia touching the nipple! Saying that Logan has had no illnesses what so ever this last six months so he must have a great immune system… Unlike me.
Whilst he’s been gaining weight right on the line like a little textbook baby I’ve been losing weight. Gradually mind but that’s still weight loss with no effort what so ever, I’ve still got a long way to go but it definitely helped shrink my tummy. Which you can feel especially in the first few weeks, you get contractions when feeding. It’s dead weird.
It’s saved money and I can wack it out instantly (well kind of) It’s Logan’s food, drink and comforter.
I’ve loved these six months and I’m honestly so shocked I made it this far I didn’t expect to be able to breastfeed at all getting to 1 month was a massive achievement. I now plan to carry on feeding until Logan is 1 but I’m following his lead if he wants to be weaned off completely before he’s 1 that’s fine if he wants to go on longer then a year I’m cool with that too.
If you’re on the fence about breastfeeding read my post here;
Too end this post here’s some pretty photos of my little Logibear, we decided to mark this achievement with a milk bath.
I’d love to hear your breastfeeding stories and again… Happy national breastfeeding week to all you breastfeeding mamas! 💕
– Sadie x