What a better way to launch Feed That Baby than during National Breastfeeding Week!
National Breastfeeding Week runs from Monday, August 1 to Sunday, August 7 and is being promoted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (Waba).
For Breastfeeding Week 2016, Waba is encouraging people to think about how breastfeeding might help us value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world.
This got me thinking about how I came to my own decision to breastfeed. I have been breastfeeding now for 8 months and for me there was never any question of an alternative. I wanted to give breastfeeding a real good shot, despite the horror stories I'd heard of cracked nipples, mastitis and agonising pain. I felt the benefits were just too good to pass up. Many of which can be found here http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/About-Baby-Friendly/Breastfeeding-in-the-UK/Health-benefits/.
Luckily- I feel I have got off lightly. There were no cracked nipples, or mastitis. Yes, it was painful for the first couple of weeks whilst my breasts got used to the vacuum like suction of a small baby but this soon subsided. It was also extremely exhausting in those early months of cluster feeding having a baby permanently attached to me. Now, 8 months on it feels like the most natural thing in the world. Like I said, I feel I got off lightly. A few of my NCT mummy friends were unable to breastfeed for one reason or another and many mums I know have encountered the dreaded mastitis. For this reason, I feel extremely lucky that my breastfeeding journey has been so far, smooth (touch wood!!).
What prompted you into breastfeeding and how was your breastfeeding journey? I would love to know!
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