Its funny being a breastfeeding mum with my second child. Bottles seem a lifetime ago. In many ways they are, they are 5 and a half years ago. My dissapointment at not being able to breastfeed DS1 still hasn’t gone. I doubt it ever will. But now I’ve gained my 10 months EBF badge, not a drop of formula has passed DS2’s lips and I am so proud of myself for that! *Blows trumpet!*
However it hasn’t been an easy journey! I learnt first time round that breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as putting the baby to the nipple and them just taking to it! We struggled with a bad latch, a very lazy latch, one which he managed to disguise to health care professionals as good when in reality it wasn’t. And then after nearly 4 months of me swearing under my breath every time he latched on we got to a pain free point.
That was of course until teeth arrived! Then we went through a fun stage of biting. I know so many mums that gave up the moment teeth arrived and there is no denying that I feared it! Some had said it feels alot different. But I’ve not noticed a difference in his general latch thankfully! The biting lasted a good couple of weeks and I was starting to get incredibly sore however a week or so of putting him on the floor in front of me every single time he did it and only carrying on after 30 seconds if he was still interested and he eventually conquered it. He still does it occasionally, more out of boredom thus indicating he doesn’t really need to feed, or if I haven’t positioned him correctly and he is trying to get a grip on it so I know to move him.
Now we are at the ten month mark. I’ve learnt that I’m still learning. Feeding is changing now. The way we feed and the frequency. I’ve realised breastfeeding takes alot of work to learn how to work together with your baby especially with a latch. I’ve learnt how brilliant it can be for your health (thats another post), I’ve enjoyed the bond it has created, the comfort it has given him, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon!