Breastfeeding is a topic that gets a lot of coverage in the media. Some people are extremely forceful of their opinions of what you should and shouldn’t do. I am by no means one of those people. As soon as I found out I was expecting Squish I was keen to try breastfeeding. Not only for the bond and health benefits but also for the cost.
I’m collaborating with Lansinoh on a series of posts all about my breastfeeding journey. As a first time mum I’m honestly not sure what to expect. I’m anxious but also quite excited. At the same time though I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself as I know for some women no matter how much they want to, breast feeding just isn’t possible for one reason or another.
I have a large lump in one of my boobs right at the nipple (I’ve had it checked before and thankfully it’s non cancerous) which I’m definitely worried will effect my ability to breastfeed. I’ve discussed with a midwife who specialised in breastfeeding already as I want to be prepared and she’s keen to support me and figure out a way that works for me and my baby so I’m staying positive for now!
If you’ve followed my pregnancy updates you’ll know my boobs consistently leaked throughout my third trimester. I’ve had to wear breast pads daily to stop all my tshirts and dresses getting ruined. I’d read online that Lansinoh breastpads were the best as they weren’t itchy. To me this seemed like a weird statement, how could pads be itchy?! I picked up a box in boots though, dutifully used them everyday and didn’t have any bother. When my box ran out Tim went and picked up a box of breastpads from a different brand, purely because they were on offer. Within minutes of putting the new pads in my nipples were itching like crazy! I now understood what those people online meant! I now swear by Lansinoh pads, they’re thin, not bulky, super absorbent and of course not itchy!
Although I’m keen to breastfeed I know Tim would like to have the option to bond with Squish through feeding too. I’m hoping my milk supply will be good enough to let me express so Tim can give Squish some feeds via a bottle. The lactation midwife has also suggested that I may need to express from the breast that has the lump. Lansinoh have released a new compact single electric breast pump, small enough to pop in your handbag or baby’s changing bag when you’re out and about. I can’t wait to start trying it out. You can use it with a USB power bank so you don’t even need to be near to a plug! I’ve attached a video talking you through the pump.
I can’t wait to start breastfeeding when Squish arrives, I’ve tried my best to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible in a hope it’ll make what I’m sure will be one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of parenting a little easier!