Hi! Did you hop here from An Unexpectant Mother’s breastfeeding journey story?
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I’ve written before, particularly in the early days of feeding Noah, about my struggle with breastfeeding, and I wanted to do a sort of update now Noah is eight months old. When James was a baby, he simply latched on shortly after birth, and that was that. Several box sets and tonnes of hours lost to Netflix later, we emerged from a breastfeeding bubble, with James well fed and me all up to date on Mad Men.
Noah, however, was completely different. The midwife in the hospital noticed Noah didn’t latch properly, but we were discharged as I could see how to improve things. Except things didn’t improve. I knew what a good latch looked like, but Noah wouldn’t play ball.
A horrible bout of mastitis later, several visits to the breast clinic, and then a trip to the tongue tie specialist (where it turned out he didn’t have a tie), and we struggled and muddled together until one day Noah just suddenly clicked!
Noah’s latch now is full and deep, he takes a good mouthful of breast and he feeds very quickly. He is a contrast to his big brother in so many respects – if he had been my first I’d never had watched anything of Mad Men beyond the opening credits!
I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to continue to feed, because it is such a pleasure to have a chunky little baby and know that it was all me that put that meat on his bones! The thing I find most difficult about my breastfeeding journey with Noah is when people ask me when I intend to stop feeding him. Wow – I found it so hard to start! You can bet your bottom dollar I’m clinging on to this one!
Good luck x
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