As I am nearing the end of my breastfeeding journey, I thought it was a good time to share with you five things that I have learned.
1. It won’t always be easy
Breastfeeding your baby won’t always be smooth sailing and some feeds will be tougher than others. Arlo would have days where he was constantly fussy and feeding him would be a struggle. Other days there would be no fuss and he’d feed really well. Accepting that there will be times when breastfeeding isn’t going the way you want, instead of getting stressed about it and giving up altogether, will allow you to figure out what the problem is. By finding out what could be making feeding your baby tricky will enable you to get back on track and stat to enjoy their feeding time again.
2. There’s no right way to do it
Seeking advice from the professionals is not always the answer. I received so much conflicting advice about how to feed Arlo and very soon after giving birth, I decided to just do it my way. A lot of it is about common sense and what works for you and your baby.
3. I’ll really, really miss it
Arlo is down to two breastfeeds a day now since I introduced formula and I even find myself missing it now when I’m giving him the bottle. It really is true what they say about the bond it creates between you and your baby and for someone that wasn’t even planning on breastfeeding, I will really miss the amazing moments spent feeding Arlo.
4. You stop when you want to stop
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself about how long you are you going to breastfeed your baby for and when you are going to stop. Have no expectations and just go with it. Once I’d got into the swing of breastfeeding Arlo, I said that I wanted to do it exclusively for at least six months. But once he was four months, I started introducing formula.
5. Having your smartphone at 3.00am is a must
It can be a pretty lonely place breastfeeding you baby in the early hours of the morning but I’ll be forever grateful for the company of my phone. You’ll be surprised what baby related questions you’ll be asking Google and you might even have time for that social media scroll you didn’t get to do much of the day before!
No matter how long you have been breastfeeding for there are always new ways of keeping your baby content to be discovered.
We were recently gifted Thea&Me’s Double Drop Hexagon necklace in White Marble and it’s the perfect accessory for Arlo to chomp on or fiddle with while he is feeding.
Thea&Me offer handcrafted jewellery to help keep babies happy with mums at the forefront of their designs.
This one is made from silicon and is a safe and stylish way to keep your little one occupied. Find out more and shop the rest of their range here.