Breastfeeding three babies

By Wendy Pearse

My three children are now aged in their thirties and forties. My first born was bottle fed from the start. I was alone in a foreign country, and scared and ignorant about baby matters. There was no encouragement to breastfeed, and of the five mothers in my maternity ward, only one chose to breastfeed. I was so besotted by my beautiful baby though, and so overwhelmed by everything at that time, that as long as he survived and thrived, the method of his nourishment didn’t seem important. Despite my inexperience he has grown up to be a fine, well adjusted, healthy man. Continue reading “Breastfeeding three babies”

The thing that helped the most…

By Liz Trevaskis

What’s the one bit of advice, the thing that helped the most, the one thing you wished you had known, or the one thing you’d go back and tell yourself… to help you through the first few weeks and months of breastfeeding?

The one bit of advice that helped me the most, came from my GP. She always said “the only two things that matter are that your baby is putting on weight – and your mental health.”  Continue reading “The thing that helped the most…”

The one thing that really helped…

The one thing that really helped during the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, by Kate Calacouras.

After my second child Edie was born, I had an amazing lactation consultant come to our house. I wish I had done it with Sam – we probably would have avoided so many problems.

Edie was about six days old at the time, and I was in agony.  Mastitis + nipple thrush. A terrible combination. Continue reading “The one thing that really helped…”

The one bit of advice…

The one bit of advice that got me through the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, by Gabrielle Gray.

Apply yourself to being confident in 3 ways:

First, be confident to listen to your own instincts, intuition and natural reactions to things that go on with your baby. My mum told me ‘you are built to do this’, so be confident in your ability to learn and adapt to your baby and go on your own, unique journey. Continue reading “The one bit of advice…”

Disappointment – and success

By Bonnie Steer

I was disappointed following my daughter’s birth.

My husband and I had done the Calmbirth course and I had really wanted that natural birth experience. Especially since my husband’s twins, who were eight at the time I was pregnant, were born via emergency C-section. However at 38 weeks and four days my blood pressure was too high, and as I was already taking blood pressure medication, it was decided that I should be induced.

After five hours of painful induced labour my baby was in distress and I was told that I needed an emergency C-section. I was pretty sad – and also pretty terrified. Continue reading “Disappointment – and success”

Breast, bottle or….feeding tube

By Sarah Lockie

Before Euan was born, I had a vague idea that feeding tubes existed – I think I’d seen one in an article in Woman’s Day about a sick kid, and another in an anti-smoking ad – but it’s not something you envisage your own child needing. It’s not a part of the day-dreamy anticipation of what life with your baby will look like.

But not much about being the mum of an extremely prem baby is. Continue reading “Breast, bottle or….feeding tube”

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