I never thought I would make it to BF to the 6 month mark because I had a horrible first 12 weeks. (mastitis a few times, blocked ducts, thrush, oversupply, blisters, bad latch, you name it, I had it) that and the added pressure of my mum to stop BF and to FF. well, whenever my mum starts telling me what to do it makes me more determined to do things my own way so being me and headstrong, i pushed through it all. Last 3 months have been going really well and since I feel like I missed out on the good times the first 12 weeks I will try to keep going till DS is at least 12 months.
So many times I have thought about giving up in those first 12 weeks, I have called the Australian Breastfeeding Association ladies a few times, seen a lactation consultant, been crying in the office of the midwife who did my DSs 2 month check. I nearly gave up. I was simply not prepared and didnt know much about all the stuff that Id have to work through while BF.
Now that I know I can do it, I will definitely try to BF again next bub. Will try to get into it with a more relaxed view though, whatever happens happens and if i cant do it so be it but now at least I know what to expect. Wish I had had all this knowledge before my BF journey though.
all in all I feel it has been worth it though, love the sense of achieving the 6 month mark soon
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20-08-2014 12:52 #11Senior Member
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20-08-2014 13:42 #12
I had a hard time with dd. So when ds arrived I made sure the minute I was in recovery I had the midwife help me with feeding. Which I never had with dd and he has been a perfect feeder although this time I have had trouble with my milk supply.
For my situation I think having help with him attaching asap helped as dd didnt attach until she was four months
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20-08-2014 14:07 #13
DS is almost 4 weeks old and this has been a completely different experience to DD. I agree with a PP that it depends a lot on the baby - DD was a lazy feeder and a small baby so she struggled to latch properly and encourage my supply. I tortured myself with constant feeding and pumping and she still barely gained weight. As it turns out, she had intolerances that contributed to her issues and she went on prescription formula at 12/13 weeks. Best decision ever.
For DS, he's a strong feeder and a bigger baby - his latch isn't perfect but he's good enough and persistent enough to be encouraging my supply. I am on motillium again but only pumping occasionally (no more than twice a day). I really don't agree with any advice that suggests pumping many times a day. It's exhausting and stressful, which is detrimental to your supply and your mental & physical wellbeing. I am more relaxed this time, more willing to accept those days when bub just wants to feed all day and pre-planned where I'd go for support (I got way too confused with way too many opinions and conflicting advice last time).
Depending on why you had trouble last time, think hard about whether you want to try again and plan what you'll do to address the issues if they happen again.
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20-08-2014 14:10 #15Senior Member
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BF DS1 for 3 weeks
BF DS2 for 2 months then used up all the EBM I had frozen, gradually
BF DD for 4.5 months and still going. Ironically, it has come easiest with DD but im also going back to work the earliest (she will be 6 months) so will have to partially wean.
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