My breastfeeding journey – an update at eight months

My breastfeeding journey – an update at eight months

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's first feed breastfeeding breastfed baby latch

Noah’s first feed

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.

breast clinic ultrasound mastitis breastfeeding

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!
noah chunky baby smile breastfed
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!

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16 Comments

  1. gemma clark
    August 1, 2015 / 10:13 am

    At the moment I wear a trusted maternity dress! x

  2. Charlotte Louise
    August 1, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I just wear what I am comfortable in and is easy to breastfeed in x

  3. August 1, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Hi, Great post and well done for persevering. I had similar problems with my second – a very shallow latch and a possible upper lip tie which led to so many problems. It was only having had such a good experience with our eldest that kept me going. I knew it could be so much better. xx

  4. August 1, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Well done for persevering through. My girl had terrible latch at the beginning it still isn’t brilliant but we are fighting through.

  5. August 2, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    What a fantastic post, thanks for sharing it. It’s so amazing that two babies can be so different isn’t it. I am glad you got through it and you are both happy with breastfeeding. Gorgeous photos – adorable!

  6. Shoshanah Cohen
    August 2, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    I don’t dress to impress. I dress to be warm and comfortable.

    • August 6, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Dreaming, you’re dreaming! x

  7. mummyfever
    August 6, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Anything without milk stains on …

    • August 6, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Something I find ridiculously difficult to achieve these days!

  8. August 8, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Well done for persevering. And thank you for sharing your struggles. It’s important that people hear stories about success after a difficult start with breastfeeding.

  9. Robyn
    February 7, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Well done on persevering through the difficulties!! I struggled to begin with with my eldest, Elliot, but once he got it we were well away. Isaac, my youngest, he just took straight away and I’ve no problems other than mastitis!! It’s been amazing!

    • February 7, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      It’s a funny old game, breastfeeding. So odd how two kids can approach the same boobs so differently!!
      People ask me now when I’m going to stop feeding Noah, and that’s my biggest struggle, because it was so hard to begin with, and it’s not hurting anyone if we carry on 🙂
      Ugh to mastitis though. Congrats for sticking with it, too!

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