Breastfeeding: The beginning

Thanks for hopping over from Milk and Mummy and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 1

 The Start of My Journey sponsors today include Boobie Milk with a £50 voucher, Cherub Chews who are offering a breastfeeding necklace and Loveyush who are offering a breastfeeding scarf for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

I started my breastfeeding journey with nothing more than the determination to breastfeed. I mean, how hard can it be, right? Baby is born, offer baby the breast, repeat as necessary, voila! You’re a breastfeeder!
Wrong. It is so much more than that!

Maybe I wasn’t totally clueless, I’d seen the instructional video in the maternity ward that shows you how to latch baby on, how you put chin to breast, then “pop” your nipple in their mouth, babies lips turned outwards in a “pout” signalling that the latch is as it should be. I also had a feeding bra or two, and plenty of breast pads.
Looking back, at just how naïve I was, I realise I’ve been very lucky with Sebastien. He had the perfect latch from day 1, and was an avid cluster feeder, keen to call in my mature milk as quickly as possible! Although I’ll never forget the slightly clumsy way we latched on for his first feed. It was over an hour after he was born, and I had just been wheeled back in to our room on the delivery ward, after my elective C section. Sebastien had spent the first 40 minutes or so after birth nestled skin to skin inside his Daddy’s theatre scrubs.

 He was alert and a perfect shade of pink, his little mouth making constant yawning shapes (which I later discovered is a baby’s way of cuing for a feed, if they’re crying for a feed, then they are starving hungry!) the midwife helped to prop me up on cushions, and with a bit of fumbling, trying to avoid the tubes and wires attached to myself, Sebastien had his first ever feed.


 That was it. Just like that, we embarked on our journey! The very start, the first day, was a complete success.

14 months later, we’re still going strong! There have been many obstacles on the way, but we got there!!
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Following on from my journey, please do hop over to My Mummy’s World to see how her journey began and be in with more chances to enter the grand prize draw. Remember you need to earn 50 points to be eligible, full details can be found on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Site

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  1. So lovely! Our first skin to skin was with daddy too! Thanks to birth plans that go awol 🙂

    Of course, I’ve that immediate skin to skin with mum after a C-section is possible. Nice you have a lovely first feed and that you’re still going strong despite some obstacles on the way! #PositiveAboutBF

    By the way, you’ll be welcome on my #BreastfeedandI linky (Fri-Wed) if you ever fancy. 🙂

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    1. We had a planned C section, but I was acutely aware that I wouldn’t be well throughout the procedure, and made it very clear that skin to skin with daddy should take place immediately after birth. A lot of my “birth plan” was planned for me because of my own health, but skin to skin with daddy, and delayed cord clamping were two things that I was VERY insistent on.

      Ooh. I look forward to the #breastfeedandI thank you for the invitation! X

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  2. I went in thinking it would be as simple as offer baby boob, baby takes easily and job done.
    I’ve been lucky like you and I love my journey so far even though we are only a little bit into it

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    1. I read your blog Zoe, 5 weeks in! The first 6 weeks are so tough! I was so unprepared for it! So unprepared. We all muddle through until we know better. Sending you love! You’ve had a pretty tough start! X

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