BREAST IS BEST, BUT…

3 Sep

 

Ah, those immortal words…but the message we get from mums is that none of the healthcare professionals warn you just how hard it can be. It’s relentless and magical, trying, tiring and also one of the most rewarding things you can do.

We have really enjoyed breast feeding, but it hasn’t all been fun. In fact, we bonded over bouts of mastitis and both had to fight on-going nipple thrush (caused, we suspect, by the antibiotics we were given in labour and to treat the mastitis).

Anyway, there’s so much more to come in this topic (so keep reading!), but the point is that, as a result of our experiences, we feel it’s important not to be pushy BF mums and to respect a parent’s decision when it comes to feeding.

Having battled to keep breastfeeding, we were also surprised to discover that, if you’re not giving 500mls of formula or more by the time they’re six months, you might need to introduce a multivitamin. This is particularly true if you follow the official advice and hold-off on weaning until they are 6-months as you can then run the risk of them developing an iron deficiency.

The pressure put on people to feed is immense, and to be told after 6-months of feeding simply to introduce formula or vitamins instead of getting a pat on the back, could be a major blow. We tried to keep things in perspective, after all if your baby is eating a balanced a varied diet, there’s little need for extra vitamins at this stage.

Everyone has to do what is right for them, but we feel more information should be provided during antenatal classes regarding the long-term plan for feeding!

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5 Responses to “BREAST IS BEST, BUT…”

  1. casita07 September 3, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I just love how honest your posts are! I feel sometimes everything about having a baby is made to look as if the journey is all easy and only the very best is expected from the new mum otherwise you are not good enough… Of course breast feeding is the best for your baby but if you consider other options at any points nobody should make you feel like you are a bad mum! keep the posts going!xx

    • themummyyears September 3, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks so much – it’s feedback like this which keep us blogging so MUCH appreciated x

  2. Angela September 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    You girls read my mind…I was just pondering about starting vitamins! I currently breastfeed with no formula supplement and have just reached the 6 month mark…it’s confusing to start a vitamin or not…Mmmmmmmmm X

  3. EdMum September 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Yeah – we’ve been combination feeding because I’ve had supply issues. I’m now used to being proud about the milk my daughter gets from me rather than worried about the formula we top-up with. But it wasn’t always like that…

  4. AnnaB September 5, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Totally agree with you girls about this – I battled with breastfeeding when my daughter had bad reflux and although I’m personally glad I persevered and really miss it now that she’s weaned, there were plenty of days when I was stuck in the house feeling miserable and worried that I wasn’t good enough. I hope that if we have a second baby I’ll be able to feel more relaxed about it …. at the end of the day there are no medals in this game of motherhood, we just have to hope for happy and healthy babies. The best thing my midwife said to me was that “a good mum feeds her hungry baby, it doesn’t matter how she does it”.

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