This is my first experience breastfeeding a baby, although Benjamin is my second child. My first pregnancy I had issues regarding this whole area of parenting, so when it came to being pregnant with Ben, I was adamant I wanted to breastfeed,but I had no idea what to expect. Anyway we are 5 days shy of 10 months nursing, and along the way these few things have proved invaluable me.
iPhone: I swear Steve Jobs had nursing Mums in mind when he invented this wonderful gadget. With my Kindle app installed I can read, I can check the news, I can check out facebook,blog, I can chat with my friends, play words with friends. Night feeds are no longer lonely. Multi-tasking at it's best.
Why did no one tell me how HUNGRY I was going to be? I am constantly eating, even now, 10 months on. Especially during the night feeds. I fear my dentist is not going to be very pleased with me. Digestives are my friend:)
Apologies to my male readers, but I have FAST milk flow, and a very good supply. I leak. If Ben doesn't have much at one feed, and the pad is not positioned correctly, then milk starts flowing. It's messy! Sometimes if it has been a while since a feed, I only have to be near him or look at him for my let down to be activated! Thankful for this invention;)
Lastly I am SO thankful for my amazing support network I have, both online and in real life. I often go to a breastfeeding support group at the local Children's centre. It gives me a chance to meet other new mums and to get support from trained support workers if I need it, and I have needed it on occasions. One friend in the United States has been a MASSIVE support to me. Her very pro-nursing stance has been passed along to me, and she has a wealth of knowledge & experience that I can draw on (she is currently nursing her 3rd baby). She has given me advice, support and an ear when I have needed it.
What an amazing journey this last 10 months has been. When I am nursing Benjamin, no one is closer to me emotionally than He is. I am enjoying this new relationship in a way I never thought possible. I look forward to continuing as long as Benjamin wants.