Never thought breastfeeding would be so challenging

Never thought breastfeeding would be so challenging

My little boy is growing so fast. He is not even two months old and he is already 6 kilos and 60cm long.

He doesn’t have a food routine yet and it feels like he is eating all the time. I know babies need all the food they can get especially the first three months and I’m giving it to him. But it will be nice once we establish a steady food routine.

For the record I mix feed him.*

I wanted to breastfeed since the moment I found out I was pregnant. However, I had no idea that it is an art that you need to learn. I thought it would be the most natural thing in the world, and it is, but I’m one of the many mums that haven’t had the best experience so far. I remember I was surprised when I got all the brochures from my midwife regarding breastfeeding where there was this question “from a scale from 1-10 how would you imagine your breastfeeding experience”. I thought instantly 10 (where ten means best experience ever)

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I have him on me and I wish I could breastfeed exclusively but unfortunately that’s not the case.

It was hard on day 3 when my milk was supposed to come down (sorry english is not my mother tongue so I’m not sure if I’m using the right expression here) so my little one was so hungry. I had a tough delivery and I lost a lot of blood which from what I’ve been hearing and reading it might affect my milk supply. That’s when he got his first formula supplement.

Now things are way better but I suppose I have a practical problem. My boobs are not that big and sometimes latching is not easy. And he is growing rapidly so I cannot handle him as easily as when he was one day old and tiny (well if you can call a 4 kilos newborn tiny).

But we manage. And I’m also trying to be realistic. Even if I’m mix feeding him, (otherwise he is on the boob 24/7 with almost no break and well mummy wants to go to the toilet sometimes,  and since I can’t pump that much with my manual pump) I want to reach the recommended 6 months of breastfeeding. However, I say to myself that with all the struggles I will feel happy if we can reach 3 months. If we do that then I will continue to reach the next milestone and we’ll see then how it goes.

 

  • I support all types of feeding. Exclusive breastfeeding, mixed or exclusive formula. Keep doing what’s best for your little ones 🙂 and please stop the shaming.
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