By Brooke Bannister
“Parenting was so much easier when I raised my non-existent children hypothetically”.
I’m not sure who said it – it was just a funny meme I saw somewhere. Funny because it’s true.
I naively thought it would all come naturally – pregnancy, birthing and breastfeeding – it is the most natural thing after all, right? Women have been birthing and breastfeeding unassisted since, well, forever. So there was no reason why I couldn’t.
I attended the natural birthing sessions and breastfeeding classes. I had my four-page birth plan printed out and my bouncy ball ready to go. I was prepared.
I imagined a drug-free water-birth with essential oils, immediate skin-to-skin contact with my babe and taking my placenta home with me – not to eat, although I had considered it – but to plant under a tree in our suburban garden. And I would breastfeed my baby, of course, naturally.
But my baby, and placenta, had other plans. Continue reading “How mixed feeding saved me – and my baby”