Welcome to the 5th Breastfeeding and I linky … wow, how time flies.
Thanks to everyone who joined in last week. It was lovely to see references to the National Breastfeeding Week in some posts.
I also found it interesting to see disclaimer after disclaimer about breastfeeding posts not being tantamount to anti-Formula feeding. All parents feed their children the way they do for different reasons and that’s okay. There is enough room for all of us in the infant / toddler feeding world and thinking highly of one option does not necessarily imply condemnation of the other.
I can’t wait to write my reflection on this soon.
@TwinsplusTwo‘s time-hop post about breastfeeding her twins really got my attention. She has a range of breastfeeding experiences and her knowledge definitely worked in her favour this time round. Breastfeeding through gastroesophageal reflux and gut inflammation is one I can’t even imagine. It’s so important that all mums have good information about feeding their child, and it’s helpful to remember that ‘mum knows best‘ when dealing with contrary health advice.
I also found some of Kate’s responses to comments on her post thought-provoking. Check it out and join the conversation.
Kate, you can grab the code for your ‘featured post’ badge here.
As usual, there were a diverse range of posts contributing to positive and constructive conversations about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular.
@TwinkleHereYouR shared her thoughts about breastfeeding being more than breast milk. I think all breastfeeding mums will identify with this. It’s brilliant that our breastfeeding confidence and knowledge can grow with experience. This is very important because it minimises the chances of our breastfeeding journey being negatively affected by any health professional who is not as informed as they should be.
@WithFranca shared her Quinoa recipe to boost one’s milk supply. I’ve never come across this before and I’ll check it out next time round. I like the fact that it’s tasty. 🙂
@girlapplewood made me laugh all the way through her post. I was too caught up with my breastfeeding problems to notice the ‘breast is best’ in-your-face campaign where I gave birth; if at all there was any. Her post reminded me about how important it is to be slow to give advice. Fancy pushing your trolley through Tesco whilst breastfeeding your baby?
@theloveofacapt reminded me of the challenges a lot of women face in the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. It highlighted the importance of getting the right information and support, and how helpful dads can be. It takes guts to accept that breastfeeding might not be the best for one’s family anymore; happy mummy is vital for happy baby. Attagirl for not feeling guilty; what more can you do when you’ve done your best? A hungry child must be fed however.
@FamilyFever shared her hopes and fears and the incredible support she has from Medela. Breastfeeding a premature baby whose sucking reflex is not fully developed in addition to a C-section is definitely not a walk in the park. Thanks for sharing your Q & A with Medela’s lactation consultant; she is fab, isn’t she. Knowing where to get the right support and reaching out for it is vital for many successful breastfeeding relationships.
@amumreviews‘ breastfeeding loves and dislikes will resonate with all breastfeeding mums. Oh, the constant consideration about what to wear and other inconveniences. Even then, there’s so much to love about breastfeeding, isn’t there.
@mummyonmymind‘s breastfeeding journey is one many will connect with. Reading about how pain trickled from her eyes definitely got my attention. There are very few areas in life where you feel so much pain and still persist with the cause of the pain? Wishing you the very best as you move towards full weaning from breastfeeding.
@juliecookies shared her breastfeeding challenges; again one that many breastfeeding mum will relate to. Supply concerns, supplementing, pumping, nursing strike, distractions … so many reasons to give up, but even more to keep on. Thanks for sharing the lactation consultant’s comment, “… Any breastfeeding is beautiful breastfeeding and if you nursed for 10 minutes or 10 years, you’re a breastfeeding mother …”.
@TheAllOutBlog reflected on her journey and decision to stop breastfeeding. Such a difficult decision to choose against your preference. Nonetheless, as she said, it’s important not to put pressure on ourselves when it comes to breastfeeding. We have to choose how we want to feed our children and we should be alright with our choice. I really hope you get the right support next time round.
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I was going to share my National Breastfeeding Week round up post but it’s not ready; so I’m linking one of my breastfeeding accessories post about Frugi. I wonder what breastfeeding brands you like.
I look forward to reading your old or new breastfeeding post.
If you’re not a blogger but will like to contribute your views, please get in touch.
Thanks for your positive and constructive contributions to conversations about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular.
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