Category Archives: Breastfeeding

The First 9 Weeks

I have now been a Mummy to Thomas for 9 weeks and I have loved nearly every single second of it. Once we sorted the feeding situation out, Thomas is now contended the majority of the time. However, there are occasions when he gets overtired and cannot be consoled at all. He likes looking around and sometimes looks round for so long that he forgets to go to sleep. Thomas then just crys until he eventually goes to sleep. I do not like this as nothing I do will stop him crying.

Apart from that, motherhood is everything I expected it to be and more. I cannot remember what life was like before we had him. I occasionally have vague recollections but they feel dream like. Our family and friends have been amazing and I do not know what we would of done without them.

I have only left Thomas with Stuart for 5 times so far and he has taken him out himself a couple of times too. My Mom has had him once for for 4-5 hours over the festive period but that has been the only time he has been looked after by someone else outside of our house. I am hoping to increase this a bit more in the New Year.

This festive week has been a bit hard on us as Thomas has had a cold and bit of a fever. Most of the time he is ok but occasionally he just will not settle at all and we have had to give him Calpol, take him for a walk or just let him cry until he settles. Last night he had his best night’s sleep so far (Calpol fuelled), sleeping from 9pm-4.45am then going back down at 5.50am and sleeping until 9.15am. I am hoping this is a sign of things to come.

We really enjoyed Thomas’ first Christmas and cannot believe how many presents he got. Thank you again our wonderful family and friends. I love being a Mummy and am looking forward to whatever 2012 brings. Stuart and I want to get married, get Thomas christened and move house so it is going to be a busy one. I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog in 2011 and will join us for our adventures next year and beyond. Thank you for all your support and help this year. It is much appreciated.

Happy New Year! 🙂

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Yummy Mummy Breastfeeding Giveaway!

Following on from my last post when I discussed my decision to swap from breastfeeding to formula feeding, I now have a couple of items that make breastfeeding easier that I no longer need.  I have a blue Mamascarf and a breastfeeding reminder bracelet from Mama Jewels that I am giving away to one lucky reader.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by 6pm on Saturday 10th December GMT. Its as simple as that! Good luck 🙂

Many thanks to Keira for providing the Mamascarf

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner will be announced soon.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. All entries must be in before 6pm on Saturday 10th December GMT
  3. UK residents only
  4. The winner will be selected using Random.org and will be notified as soon as possible via email after the competition ends.
  5. The prize was provided by Mamascarf and Jo’s Nursery

This competition is being promoted by Loquax Competitions

My Breastfeeding Experience

When Thomas was 13 days old, I decided that breastfeeding was no longer suitable for us. This was a hard decision to make and one that I agonised over for few days and felt disappointed about for a few days after that.

When Thomas came into this world, he had swallowed lots of fluid inside me and suffered really badly with mucus. He hardly slept or breastfed for the first few days. I thought breastfeeding was easy to begin with and wondered why so many people had problems with it. Yes, I was a little sore and found it uncomfortable but I knew it was my body getting used to the new thing it was doing.

When my milk came in and Thomas finally cleared the mucus, things began to change. He became constantly hungry all the time. He would take an hour and a half to feed with a couple of breaks during the feed, then an hour and a half later he would want feeding again. I had no energy and just felt tired and upset all the time. I did not feel myself at all.

I spoke to the midwives and my friends on Twitter who ensured me that things would get better so I kept going for a few more days.On day 11, we had the first visit from the health visitor. She made me feel better as she said any breastfeeding was better than none and I had done well to last as long as I had.

I lasted one more night then on the afternoon of day 12, I cracked and asked my neighbour with a 10 week old for some formula. I gave Thomas one bottle and he then slept for 4 hours straight. This was the most he had ever slept in one go. We did not know what to do with ourselves.

Still unsure of what to do and feeling very guilty for giving Thomas formula, I called my friend and breastfeeding buddy, Mandy. She came round and checked that my breastfeeding technique was right and it was. We discovered that Thomas was using me for comfort as a dummy. We discussed the situation for a while and as Mandy said, if breastfeeding was easy then we not need buddies for it.

I decided to give Thomas more formula in the overnight feeds so we could get some sleep. I do not like making major decisions when I am very tired. The next morning, I expressed some milk off. It took me nearly an hour to get 2 1/2 ounces and I felt like Daisy the cow while I was doing it. I thought about doing combination feeding but the expressing seemed to take ages and required lots of practice to get it right. It was then I told Stuart that I wanted to formula feed Thomas. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off me. I went to my local NCT coffee morning and spoke to the fellow Mom’s there. Most of them had a similar story to tell. I felt a millions times better.

Thomas proved that I had made the right decision later that afternoon when I gave him my last feed of the expressed breastmilk.  After the 2 1/2 ounces he was still not full so I got another bottle of formula, expecting him to take an ounce or so. He drank another 2 1/2 ounces of formula. My breastmilk had hardly touched the sides.

The majority of the people I have met have been supportive of my decision, however a very small few have given negative comments. This experience has not put me off breastfeeding and I fully intend to try again when I have another child. All I know is that since I have stopped breastfeeding, I have been a happier mummy and Thomas has been a happy settled baby.

I would like to thank Stuart, Mandy, my NCT friends and all the rest of my family and friends for their support during my time breastfeeding and my decision to stop. It is greatly appreciated 🙂

Tips for Breastfeeding

Although I only breastfed for a short time I do have some tips that may help you during the early days of breastfeeding your little one.

  1. Use Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream from the start. Your hospital breastfeeding support worker will probably say you do not need it but I would of stopped after two days without this.
  2. Breastfeeding only hurts if you are doing it wrong. It is uncomfortable but that is because your body is getting used to it. Keep at it and will stop being uncomfortable. I had just got to this stage when I decided to stop.
  3. Get yourself a comfortable supportive bra like Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra. I highly recommend it.
  4. Ensure you have the full support of your partner before you start. I would not have got through the first two weeks without Stuart.
  5. Practice breastfeeding in public by going into supportive environments to begin with, such as your local NCT groups.
  6. Find out who your local ‘Breastfeeding Buddy’ is. They are usually in your local Children’s Centre.
  7. If you decide to stop breastfeeding and want to get rid of your milk supply quickly, drink a couple of pints of water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in it. It is not pleasant but it works.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope that by sharing my experience I help others in the long run. What was your breastfeeding experience like? Did you experience anything similar? Do you have any more tips you can add to my list?

Weeks 31-35: Basketball into Beachball!

I cannot believe it has been a month since I last updated you on Bump and I’s progress. How very naughty of me! I apologise for my tardiness. I don’t know where the last month has gone to be honest.  I had my two weeks signed off on sick leave after my bleed which flew by, went back to work to finish stuff off for a week and I am now on my second week of maternity leave.

At the moment being on maternity leave feels like being on holiday. I am still getting used to being at home all the time and being able to do things when I want to. Shopping in a supermarket in the middle of the working week is a joy that I am loving. You can actually get round the shop unlike on a Saturday. We have brought everything for the baby and have it in piles all over the house. Our nursery is currently still a spare room but Stuart has ensured me that this will change in the next couple of weeks.

Stuart and I have joined our local National Childbirth Trust (NCT) branch and I have been going to ‘Bumps and Babes’ and open house coffee mornings meeting parents from all around our local area. I love it and am looking forward continuing this on and volunteering to help run things for the NCT once the baby has arrived.

My bump seems to have grown to a massive size over the last month. I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and wondered where the beachball had come from. The last time I looked I had a basketball sized bump. The good news is that it is all baby. I haven’t put on much extra weight at all. 🙂

We started the antenatal classes at our local hospital this week. I thought I had seen everything until I saw a knitted uterus! I thought the session was ok but I did not really learn anything more about labour than what I could learn from a book. Stuart found the session more useful.  Last night we went to a breastfeeding workshop. After reading about Hayley’s experience, I was slightly sceptical about what I could learn from the session. However I didn’t need to worry. The lady who ran the session was well informed, amusing and went through all the benefits and possible problems we might have. I am very lucky that the support network for breastfeeding ladies seems quite good too.  I decided ages ago that I wanted to breastfeed the baby. This session did not change my mind and make me want to breastfeed successfully even more. After the knitted uterus at the antenatal class, I was not surprised when they brought out a knitted boob to teach us how to hand express.

Next week, we have a busy week with a midwife appointment on Tuesday, a bump photo shoot with Jay Mountford on Wednesday, another antenatal class on Wednesday night and my 36 week scan on Friday to see if my placenta has moved and I can have a natural birth. *Fingers crossed* 🙂

A Tour of Dorset

Over the last couple of days, the bump and I have been on a tour of Dorset. This was a trip I have had planned since January and I was not going to miss out just because I am pregnant. The aim of the trip was to see as many gastronomic delights of Dorset that I could. I am slightly restricted on what I can eat due to limits on what you can eat while pregnant and a slightly decreased appetite.  However, I was determined to see and eat as much as I could. There will be more about the food that I experienced on Jo’s Kitchen over the next couple of days but I would like to tell you about where I went and how I was affected by being pregnant (if I was).

My first stop was the The Wild Garlic restaurant in Beaminster, which is owned and run by 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas. I have met Mat a couple of times before at the BBC Good Food Shows and I talk to him on Twitter too. I have wanted to go to his restaurant for ages so while Stuart was away on a golfing holiday, I seized the opportunity to go. I stayed in the apartment above the restaurant and had a fantastic meal in the restaurant. I asked Mat to surprise me with the food as at the moment, I am having many problems deciding on what to eat so as I knew all food would be fabulous and that he would take my pregnancy into consideration when choosing my dishes. I am not going to go into too much detail here but I may develop a craving for Mat’s licorice ice cream, as it was so good, I could eat a bucketful of it! 🙂

The next morning after a very restful night in the King sized bed in the apartment, the bump and I headed to Lyme Regis to see the sea and a have a walk around. We saw seagulls and had a lovely walk in the sunshine and built up our appetite for the next stop.

After Lyme Regis, Bump and I headed to Axminster, the home of the River Cottage Canteen,  another place I have wanted to go for ages.  Unfortunately, while I was there having lunch my pregnancy diet limitations and appetite let me down. Most of the menu had things that I either did not like or could not eat so I ended up choosing on what I could eat without asking them to change the dish. I ordered Spicy Lamb Koftas and although they were lovely, I did not really fancy them so I ended up leaving most of it as I was quite full too. I should not have really had a pudding however as I had 160 miles to eat at the canteen, I had a short break between courses and was able to eat a very delicious Rhubarb Fumble (a cold crumble with cream). I think Bump definitely likes his or her puddings. Lets hope this continues throughout the pregnancy!

I will definitely return to the Canteen when after the baby is born as I would like to enjoy the food fully.  While I was at the Canteen, I brought my first baby oriented purchase: The River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy. I have only had a quick look so far but it looks very useful as it talks about everything from Breastfeeding to Baby -Led Weaning. I highly recommend it.

That’s it for today. Bump and I will be back with more adventures soon 🙂