My Breastfeeding Journey – Hopes & Anxieties

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.

My Breastfeeding Journey - Hopes & Anxieties

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!

My Breastfeeding Journey - Hopes & Anxieties

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!

My Breastfeeding Journey - Hopes & Anxieties

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!

Did you breastfeed or try to breastfeed? I’d absolutely love to hear your experience and feelings, positive or negative!
You can buy the new Lansinoh Compact Single Electric Breast Pump from Amazon.
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5 Comments

  1. Rois
    August 4, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Good luck with your new arrival and with your breastfeeding journey! It really is a journey – and the best piece of advice I got at the beginning was never to give up on a bad day. There definitely were a few of those, but I promise you (even when you think it won’t) it really does get easier. We’re 9 months in now and still going strong!

    I’d really recommend buying Multi-Mam compresses and popping them in the fridge for in between feeds. They really help with the sore nipples!! If you’re in pain and it continues, ask for help. And ask again (and again!) Local bf support groups are fantastic for advice and support. YouTube is great for different positions, too.

    For the night feeds, I really wish someone had told me the baby would want to feed…All. Night. Long. For the first wee while! But this will settle. Get comfy on the sofa with lots of snacks and a good box set!!! And most importantly make time for you as well. Hand baby to daddy when he/she isn’t feeding/is asleep and go for a nap/bath/walk/anything to give you a little break.

    It can he tricky at the beginning but it is so rewarding (and super easy!) When you both get the hang of it. Lots of luck!! Xx

  2. Erin
    August 5, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    I offer breastfeeding support in my local hospital, I have found the best advice is to always go with your gut, take all the help you can get at the hospital, and never, ever feel guilty over how you decide to feed your baby. You do what is best for you, and what is best for baby. As for breastfeeding advice, check the latch through the whole feed, a bad latch will lead to pain. If it hurts longer than 5 seconds detatch and try again. If it is sore, try different feeding positions, some may work better than others, find what is best for you and baby. But most of all remember this is as new for baby as it is for you, you are both getting to know each other, and don’t feel like it needs to be right straight away. Use the support you have on hand, and do not feel bad asking for help. Good Luck!!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  3. emilyandindiana
    August 8, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Good luck! I swore by Lansinoh breast pads and nipple cream, they really cannot be beaten 🙂 x

  4. August 10, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Hi!
    Good luck with it all. After 11 months I am so happy I stuck out all the tough times at the beginning and we had A LOT to overcome. You can read all about it over on my blog if you wish. It is super rewarding. I have fibroadenosis which causes lumps in my breasts and I was worried it would cause problems but thankfully, that wasn’t one of them. I hope yours doesn’t cause you any problems either. Get yourself some nipple shields! They will be a great way to give your nipples a rest from time to time. They don’t seem to be well known of for some reason. I have had to use them for every feed since day one (too much to explain, again, its all in my blog). My sister and a few friends have all said they never heard of them before and wished they had as they probably could have kept going for longer!
    Looking forward to following your journey.
    Laura x

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