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World breastfeeding week

This week is World Breastfeeding Week 2020. Here were my thoughts this time last year, the same message applies...

How would you describe your breastfeeding experience, past or current?

Here are some words that come to mind when I think back to my two experiences: Lonely, wonderful, challenging, overwhelming feeling of responsibility, satisfaction, pride, daunting, amazement, comforting, exhausting, upsetting, exhilarating, thought-provoking, frustrating, emotional, healing, awe-inspiring, reassuring, painful, uncomfortable, difficult, worrying, caring, protective, secure, instinctive, powerful, mad, fight, belief, happiness, bonding, sore, struggle, relief, smiles, closeness, cuddles, skin-to-skin, magic, hunger…

Breastfeeding isn’t always a straightforward journey physically, or emotionally, and each day will be different to the next, each feed will be different to the next and that’s ok, we’re all learning as we go, mums AND babies, every single day!

What helped me a huge amount was seeking help. That in itself was the biggest step, as is so often the case in our day and age.. The breastfeeding clinic I attended didn’t have a magic wand or a ‘rule book’ but there was someone to listen to me, not judge me. Someone to support me, help me, and guide me for what I wanted to achieve, then help me when I felt it was time for me and my baby to stop our breastfeeding journey…

Not every mother can, or wants to, breastfeed, this isn’t a ‘breast is best’ post but more a post to say that for those who can, and who desperately want to, please encourage them, help them, support them


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