Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths

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Unfortunately as with any subject there is a lot of misinformation out there about Breastfeeding, today, the final day of Breastfeeding awareness week some of these myths will be overturned

If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

Are Breastfeeding cafes and organisations the only way to get support?

Breastfeeding in Public

Do changes in pumping habits have any hidden meaning?

Can I make it to a year, or will cheese get the better of me?

It seems that I have more personal experience of some of these myths than I would like

Breastfed babies do NOT get constipated

Please try and explain this to my first baby who by 5days old we new there was something wrong, but all we kept hearing from midwives was that

Breastfed babies don’t get constipated

we went to the doctor in the end who informed us

Breastfed babies don’t get constipated

But to try and fob us of we were given 20 (yes 2 boxes of 10) suppositories, as everyone was so adamant that he wasn’t constipated we were dubious about using them. When we finally decided to insert one, it seemed he had a blockage of meconium, followed by an awful lot of supposed nothing!

So when number 2 started to seem uncomfortable we didn’t hesitate to do something about it and he ended up on lactulose fairly quickly, unfortunately this wasn’t the best thing for him, but that comes under another myth!

Breastfed babies don’t sleep through the night, put them on the bottle and they will

I agree completely, my first did not sleep through the night, he was up every couple of hours for at least an hour long feed, infact he didn’t sleep day or night, and I had a friend whose little one slept through from the time she was bought home.

Now number 2 has a bad night if he wakes once, and I know of bottle fed babies that do not sleep through.

Although last night was a bad night with 6wake ups 😦 but we all have those bad nights

Breastfed babies immunity will be better

This is a difficult one as I do believe this is true, however it is still possible for your breastfed baby to get ill, I have spent nights in hospital with mine, but I just remind myself that if he wasn’t breastfed then it could be so much worse.

Breastfed babies won’t get allergies

What more can I say except this is untrue, my youngest is allergic to dairy, but I have been told that if he had been exposed to the artificial formula milk his reaction could have been a whole lot worse. To the extent that I was even advised that if I chose to not cut dairy out of my own diet completely it may still be better for him to be breastfed than to be put on formula.

If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about any breastfeeding myths you have come across  and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

The Brick Castle

Oh So Amelia

Great British Family

Milk Machine Mum

Lonely Scribe

lactivist

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Can I make it to a year, or will cheese get the better of me?!

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We are getting towards the end of Breastfeeding awareness week, I hope you have enjoyed following my posts and found them interesting and useful.

If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

Are Breastfeeding cafes and organisations the only way to get support?

Breastfeeding in Public

Do changes in pumping habits have any hidden meaning?

This post is going to be very short as I have little experience of feeding beyond a year, My first was fed to around 13months and my second is almost 10months old.

I am really determined to make it to a year with Tim, and I am really starting to struggle at the moment, it isn’t the actual feeding that is the problem, it is the fact that due to his allergies I am having to be dairy free myself, the trouble is he has never experienced any dairy other than through my breastmilk, I however am starting to crave CHEESE!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO HAVE MADE IT BEYOND A YEAR

If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below telling me how long you have fed for, and if you are still feeding how long you hope to feed for, and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

Life, Love and Living with Boys

The Kermit Movement

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Do changes in pumping habits have any hidden meaning?

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We’re already halfway through Breastfeeding awareness week, today you’ll find lots of posts around about pumping breastmilk, from how to do it, to why we do it.

If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

Are Breastfeeding cafes and organisations the only way to get support?

Breastfeeding in Public

There are no 2 ways about it pumping is not a quick and easy thing to do, particularly if you have your baby around you all the time needing attention while you are pumping.

I have known people to pump for various reasons ranging from having babies in special care, to returning to work.

Whatever your reason for pumping it is worth making sure you know what you are doing.

Why do I say this?

I began pumping with my first child using a manual pump that had been lent to me, it seemed slow and hard work, but I have a weak wrist, so decided that it was never going to be easy for me to use so invested in an electric pump, this worked ok, I even tried hand expressing, as I had it explained to me,

basically you just sort of squeeze

please if you have just read this and don’t know how to hand express ignore what I just said and ask for a proper explanation.

My second boy was 9months old when my peer supporter course covered hand expressing, I went home and decided to give it a try, it was never going to work well, I’d tried before, was I ever wrong, with a bit of gentle massage to begin and the correct positioning and motion it was easy, so I would really recommend anyone who wants to give it a try to ask for some support to get it established.

SO WHY THE TITLE?

I have never got on brilliantly with pumping myself, sitting for what feels like hours to come away with an ounce at a time. At times it is is really disheartening.

But then I thought there was something wrong with my baby, he was suddenly being sick at a couple of months old, having never been a ‘sicky’ baby before, the trouble is when you tell people (friends, family, health visitors etc) you have a baby who is being sick they can look like they are about to laugh at you.

you’ve got a baby, babies are sick, that’s what they do

but even at a couple of months old, you know your baby and what is normal. And when each time they try and feed they are sick all over you while your breast is in their mouth you know there must be something wrong.

Then things got worse and I was finding that he wasn’t keen on feeding.

When I was able to express and fill a bottle several times a day I knew for sure that things weren’t right.

So if he didn’t need or want it why was I expressing?

I knew that he would need it at some point and i needed to keep my supply up, if I stopped feeding (or expressing in it’s place) my supply would quickly diminish.

In the end this was one of the signs that ended up with a 2night stay in hospital.

So yes changes in the amount that we were pumping really did indicate that there was something wrong, remember it won’t mean something in all cases!

So for anyone that has managed to successfully pump on a regular basis maybe to feed a baby that can’t latch on themselves or if you need to be away from them for any length of time perhaps  to return to work I congratulate you it is very hard work.

If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about anything else you think might be useful for people starting out feeding in public,  you have and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

Baking Betsy

Lets walk together for a while

Mummy is a gadget geek

Pobbing along

Circus Queen

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Breastfeeding in Public

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As we continue through Breastfeeding awareness week, we think about how it can feel to feed in public and hints and tips to be able to do this discretely.

If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

Are Breastfeeding cafes and organisations the only way to get support?

When you first start breastfeeding your new baby it can be a bit daunting, you may feel all fingers and thumbs and probably think you will never be able to feed in public due to the amount of skin you are revealing.

I remember the first visit from the new grandparents I was made to feel I had to leave the room to breastfeed AND in my own home.

I was a new nervous mummy so I spent most of the day sat in babies bedroom feeding, I felt isolated and they saw nothing of me or their new grandson.

I actually think it did me some good as after some tears the following day when my parents came I decided no one would ever make me feel like that again.

Please don’t think that meant I suddenly sat with my breasts on full view wherever I was when I needed to feed, quite the opposite, but I was never going to let someone tell me I can’t feed my baby where I want, when HE wants.

The best advice I can offer is to take your time to workout how you get on best feeding before you go it alone in public, which positions, what clothes, do you need a cushion, scarf, wrap?

I chose to wear a vest top under a t-shirt so I can pull the shirt up and vest down without revealing more than the essentials that are covered by baby anyway. You can get shawls and scarfs to cover up with, great if they work for you, but I found by the time I had made myself look discrete I had pretty much announced to the world what I was doing anyway, and if I do it without then baby is latched on so quickly no one knows.

Get out to breastfeeding groups and cafes where people won’t mind if they can see a bit of breast and they can offer not only hints and tips on feeding discretely if you need help, but can probably also tell you about the most friendly local cafes, restaurants etc.

Not sure where your local groups are?

Ask your health visitor, contact Sure Start centres or try

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Once you are practiced no one will know you are even feeding, on numerous occasions I have had people come to look at my baby, not realising until they are up-close what you are doing, then it will be them that is embarrassed and not you.

I think I must be a particularly public breastfeeder, not only do I feed when out at Breastfeeding cafes, I have no qualms about doing it in other cafes, restaurants, the local park. But I like to think I am also educating the next generation, as I have fed both my babies while running Brownies and Guides, it was a Guider from another unit who wondered what the girls would think to this, the girls as usual take everything in their stride and see it as completely normal now. And I have fed my youngest regularly in a year 5 class of boys and girls through the B.A.S.E babywatching

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If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about anything else you think might be useful for people starting out feeding in public,  you have and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

Baking Betsy

Lets walk together for a while

Mummy is a gadget geek

Pobbing along

Circus Queen

boobiemilk

Are Breastfeeding cafes and organisations the only way to get support?

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Breastfeeding week is rushing past,

I hope everyone who has been taking part, whether by blogging, reading, or attending events is enjoying themselves.

If you missed any of my previous posts you can find them here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

I love that Breastfeeding awareness week has meant my breastfeeding peer supporter training has been cancelled, I know that sounds really bad, and I am really loving it, but it means I will be able to get to the Breastfeeding cafe that I have been missing out on and will be able to catch up with some people I haven’t see in a while.

So today we are thinking about support for Breastfeeding, I know that there will be a lot of posts out there explaining the different places that you can go for help like

abm lll

and local breastfeeding cafes, as I said I’ll be at mine this week

So is this the only way that Breastfeeding mums can receive help and support?

Quite simply NO

and this is the perfect opportunity for other people to step in.

Those people who tell the new breastfeeding mum that they would help out more if baby was being bottlefed as then mum could have a break ‘go and have a lie down while I feed them’

The best answer to give to this is

Yes I need to rest so let me sit here and feed my baby, while you (daddy, grandparents, other friends or family) rush around me and do all the work.

Maybe I need a cup of tea, there’s a huge pile of washing and a couple of meals to put in the freezer would be greatly appreciated.

So if you are reading this as that someone who can maybe offer that help, remember you are talking to a new mummy who wants to do everything she can to appear like she is coping and can do it all on her own.

I’m not saying that she isn’t but don’t give her the opportunity to say no to the help.

I had a friend turn up on my doorstep with a couple of meals for the freezer and it was just wonderful to know I didn’t need to cook for a couple of nights.

She didn’t give me the chance to say ‘No I’m coping, we can manage’

I just remember some vague conversation with her before the baby arrived asking if I liked curry.

The cottage pie she came with was lovely but nothing compared to the homemade curry she bought around, all I need to do now is find a baby sitter so that I can try and get myself invited around to sample it again.

What support have you received that you have found useful, or what support have you offered to others

If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about any any help and support you have either offered or received and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

The Brick Castle

Oh So Amelia

Great British Family

Milk Machine Mum

Lonely Scribe

lactivist

Top tips for Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding awareness week is here, and already well underway, so hopefully anyone who is thinking about breastfeeding their next baby or anyone already feeding should find some good hints and tips today.

If you missed yesterdays post about the Benefits of Breastfeeding check it out here

There are NO benefits to breastfeeding

Everyone assumes that breastfeeding is going to be easy,

if it is the normal, natural thing to do then why should it be difficult?

Well walking and talking are normal and natural to us now, but they were skills that we had to take time to learn and it is no different with breastfeeding.

So I think that really needs to be my first Top Tip,

TAKE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO BREASTFEED

Hopefully if you are already feeding it is going well, or if you are still waiting for baby to arrive when you do begin feeding fingerscrossed it goes well, but incase it doesn’t then my second Top Tip,

ASK FOR HELP AND SUPPORT

don’t wait until you and baby are having problems, seek help from organisations like

abmlll

or look for local breastfeeding cafes

but my biggest Top Tip has to be

DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

people will tell you that you must do …. or mustn’t do ….

but from experience, if I had listened to all those who told me never to use nipple shields otherwise I would cause nipple confusion then my biting and chewing 5day old baby would not have been fed, I decided that nipple shields with breastfeeding was better than moving onto formula.

I hope that these tips have been useful, if you have any others that you think people might find helpful I would love to hear them

If you are participating in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt them please leave a comment below about any Top Tips you have and it will be counted towards your final hunt score to win the Grand Prize

Please also take a moment to look at some fellow bloggers and companies also taking part in the hunt

The Brick Castle

Oh So Amelia

Great British Family

Milk Machine Mum

Lonely Scribe

lactivist