Keeping Britain Breast Feeding – My decision to breastfeed
Here at Preschool Mum, we are taking part in the Keeping Britain BreastFeeding Scavenger Hunt.
The aim of this is to inform and educate families about breastfeeding as well as providing an online platform for people to share their knowledge and own experiences during National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
As part of the Keeping Britain BreastFeeding Scavenger Hunt, our first blog post is all about why I chose to breast feed:
Finding out I was pregnant with my first child NOM in late February 2011, I was quite daunted by all the decisions that we had to make in preparation for her arrival – cot, moses basket, car seat, pram – but I had always aimed to breastfeed her. For me it is the most natural thing in the world to feed your child yourself and it’s something I was determined to give a go.
We were told about about the general benefits of breastfeeding and how it has positive effects for both baby and mum, so I thought it would be daft not to even try. But I also had my own priorities as to why I personally wanted to breastfeed my baby, some that I had from the onset, and some that then developed during my breast feeding journey;
1. My most important aim of breastfeeding was helping me make a bond with NOM. Having never had a child before and having had no experience of how to feed a baby (or even anything else I had to do when caring for a newborn for that matter!), I felt that it would be the perfect opportunity to help us both make a connection, allowing us to share something that only the both of us could do together.
2. Then came the positive health benefits for both myself and NOM. I knew my breast milk was made specifically for NOM, helping her to fight off infections, be nutritiously specific for her growth and kinder on her tummy which was important considering her terrible reflux. For my health, it helped shift some of my baby weight as well as lowering the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in the future.
3. Cost. A very simple reason but formula is expensive and with another mouth to feed and a drop in pay from the norm due to being on maternity leave, every penny counted and breastfeeding helped with this as it was free!
4. Convenience. Now this was not a reason initially, but it became one as I began my breastfeeding journey. It was so easy just to whip out my boob and feed NOM (particularly at night) than to sterilise and prepare a formula feed. Even when I expressed to make a bottle, I always found sterilising and cleaning the bottles a complete faff and was quite glad that I didn’t have to do it regularly.
5. Lastly, this might seem strange to some but I enjoyed it being me that controlled NOM’s feeding. Looking back at how she grew, how she developed, how she put on weight and knowing that was all solely down to me! It gives you such a great feeling of satisfaction that not only did you help grow this little life inside of you for 9 months, but you (and only you) helped continue that journey once born.
I will add that I was under no illusions that breastfeeding was going to be easy and to be perfectly honest, (besides the birth itself) it was the one major thing that worried me. I had always said that I would give breastfeeding a go but would not put added pressure on myself to make it work if it wasn’t. It’s much better to have a happy healthy mum and child, than a stressed out mum trying to breastfeed when it was clearly not beneficial for either involved.
I was lucky in the fact that breastfeeding was successful but it wasn’t without the hardships, particularly in those first few weeks (I’m still haunted by the toe curling cracked nipples). I’m sure we all have our own reasons for wanting to (or not to) breastfeed, some more a priority than others, but we all want what is best for our babies and whether that is breastfeeding or through formula, the end result should always be happy, healthy babies and their mums!
Now it’s not only me at Preschool Mum that is getting involved in the scavenger hunt. There are some other fabulous bloggers who are writing about their experiences, tips and funny memories with regards to breastfeeding so why don’t you pop over and have a look! To name a few are:
Colette from We’re Going On an Adventure
Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones Family
Victoria from My Little L
Lauren from Mummy is a Gadget Geek
Leta from Attachment Mummy
and if you want to see the full list of other blogs participating then take a look at the website.
There are also some great brand sponsors that have joined us all too and are providing some fantastic prizes that will help in caring for your child. So why don’t you join in with the scavenger hunt by visiting the different blogs and completing the rafflecopters wherever you see the Keep Britain Breastfeeding logo. Full rules of the scavenger hunt can be found here.
We have also collaborated with the a great brand to give you another chance of winning a fantastic prize that would be invaluable to any mummy or mummy to be who is/planning to breastfeed.
The breastvest is an ingenious garment that you wear underneath your nursing bra and existing clothing so that it covers your postnatal tummy, hiding those lumps and bumps to enable you to breastfeed without feeling self conscious (which is one less thing to worry about when you’re about to whip your boob out in public to feed your child!).
breastvest is a revolutionary item of breastfeeding underwear which makes any top a breastfeeding top and makes breastfeeding in public easier.
Designed, tested and approved by breastfeeding mums, breastvest is held in place by straps and scoops just below your nursing bra, completely covering the postnatal tummy. So when it’s time to feed, mums simply lift up whatever top they are wearing to breastfeed, safe in the knowledge that breastvest has them covered.
breastvest lets mums get back into their favourite clothes sooner, letting them breastfeed whenever, wherever and wearing whatever they want with confidence.
This would be a lovely gift for any breast feeding mummy/mummy-to-be and would have made breastfeeding in public so much easier for me had I had one when breastfeeding NOM. If you would like to win one (along with joining in with the scavenger hunt), then please complete the actions in the rafflecopter below: