I am really excited to write this post. Firstly because I have learnt so much from others which was key to my breast feeding success story. Also when I learn something that I find to be really useful, I just love to share it. Thirdly, this is one of the BIGGEST questions I wanted to ask my Mum about when I fell pregnant. Obviously, because she had passed, I couldn't ask her anything about it, and it was just something we didn't really need to discuss or never came up before falling pregnant. So I never knew her story. I think breastfeeding was something that I really learnt through others, my research but ultimately my intuition which I like to think, that was mum helping me. So this post is for all new mamas out there and if I have a daughter one day, here it is documented for her.
Before I start I also want this space to be an arena for no judgement. Breastfeeding can be a controversial topic BUT it really doesn't need to be. I truly believe if you do your research, ask others for guidance - the rest is up to you. You know what is best for your baby. Even though I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, I would never look down or shame another Mother for formula feeding, so I would expect the same in return. Lets support each other always.
Throughout my pregnancy with Hunter, my number one goal was to learn about breastfeeding. I 100% wanted to do it and pushed through all the hurdles. I had heard of so many stories of women who couldn't do it, so I knew it would be a challenge. Once I started learning more about the benefits, there was no turning back. I want to outline some background information about breast feeding, squash some very common myths and share some things that worked for me.
*I breastfed my son for 12 months which was my goal.
Australian guidelines for breastfeeding as of 2017 is 12 months+. The World Health Organisation recommends 24months.
The advantages of colostrum:
For the first 2-4 days of your baby’s life, your breasts will secrete colostrum, a yellowish fluid rich in proteins. These valuable proteins are essential to the development of a healthy immune system.
Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding:
Even though this is a non judgement space, I think it is imperative to share the disadvantages of the opposite to breast feeding. I found this information very important and encouraging to help me continue to breast feed. No judgement, just providing facts.
Things that helped me: