Week 17: Something you take for granted
I can think of something that I sort of take for granted now and definitely took for granted before I started doing it and that is breastfeeding. I have a beautiful 5 and a bit month old daughter and have been fortunate enough to breastfeed her since she was born.
Before I had a baby I wanted to breastfeed and took for granted that I would. I’d heard a few people say it can be hard and can be painful but had no idea that some babies really struggle with it. At our antenatal classes we were told the newborn baby would root around and naturally find the nipple and off they would go! I don’t think I’m unusual in saying this was not the case for Zara. At some point during her first night I had my husband plus two midwives all holding a bit of me desperately trying to get my tiny little baby to latch on. She made a few attempts but we had to leave the hospital and go home with her not having got the hang of it at all. We spent the next 5 days trying to get her to latch. She didn’t have tongue tie. She just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. At one point I decided I was sure she must have something terribly wrong with her because she just didn’t seem to learn. We had to feed her with expressed milk in a syringe. After 5 days she started to get the hang of it and now there is no stopping her. I am so so so thankful that through the support of Bournemouth Breastfeeding Councillors we were able to persevere.
I don’t mean this to offend anyone who doesn’t breastfeed or hasn’t been able to. I was fortunate that she did get the hang of it and now is an exclusive boob girl. She has been known to scream at the mere sight of a bottle. How you feed your own baby is a personal decision.
Now that feeding is easy I take it for granted and have to remind myself of lucky I am. Here are just a few reasons I really love breastfeeding.
- Now she is older Zara rarely has long feeds. Generally she gets in, gets what she needs and gets out but occasionally she has sleepy long feeds and I get to sit with her all cuddled up for ages. It’s the only time I don’t have to think about entertaining her!
- She runs her hand down my side as she is feeding and it feels like she is stroking. It’s so cute.
- She sometimes stops, turns her head, looks up at me, grins and then carries on. Again, it’s so cute.
- I don’t have to prepare or plan. If she needs feeding, it’s ready to go!
- I just love the feeling that my body carried her and now sustains her without needing anything else (until now…she has just started a few tastes of solids).