This post is part of the ‘Tales From The Other Side Of …’ series. There are so many stages, achievements, milestones and heartbreaks we go through as parents and whatever we are experiencing, whether good, bad, exciting or terrifying, it’s always nice to know someone else has already done it and come through the other side. To find out how you can get involved and share your story/tips and tricks click here. Today we have the lovely Sue from Mama Mia with her breastfeeding story.
Mama’s Feeding Story:
My feeding story is very simple in some respects. I wanted to breastfeed. We tried desperately to breastfeed. I couldn’t breastfeed. She was so small and I couldn’t figure out how to get her to latch. We didn’t manage it. I felt like I had failed so badly and used to cry a lot about it. I felt that I wasn’t giving her the best. But sometimes in parenthood you have to make really hard decisions about the best thing for us as a family. When we started bottle feeding it was like a weight was lifted. This was when our bond really began. Mia is my everything.
Mia’s Feeding Story:
When I came into the world out of Mama’s tummy everything was very confusing. Everything seemed so big. Mama kept giving me her booby but I couldn’t figure out how to make the milk come out. It was OK though because she gave me milk in a syringe and then a bottle. It would make me feel all full and lovely and sleepy and it tasted yummy. Mama used to cry a lot though. That made me sad because she’s the best. One day she stopped with the booby which was nice because it used to annoy me that I couldn’t get the milk out when I was hungry. She started giving me a bottle and the milk tasted a bit different but was still yummy and filled me up. Mama still cried sometimes but it was like a weight was lifted. She felt happier and that made me happy. Now we laugh and play and go on adventures to different places together. She is my everything.
This post first appeared on Sue’s own blog as part of World Breastfeeding Week. I think it’s so important to remember not to put too much pressure on ourselves. Just because we may want to breastfeed, or feel like we ‘should’, things don’t always go to plan. It doesn’t mean we have failed, we just need to adapt and find what works best for us and our baby. Despite not having too many problems with my son, my daughter really struggled with breastfeeding and would get so frustrated, the minute I gave myself a break and moved to a bottle she was a different baby and we were all a lot happier.
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