Why I’ve decided to try breastfeeding this time around #normalizebreastfeeding

Why I've decided to try breastfeeding this time around #normalizebreastfeeding

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet lately with blog posts, I just felt like I needed a little bit of a break from writing since I’ve taken part in Blogtober, I’m sure you can agree that writing a blog post a day for 31 days is a lot of work and dedication, but I’m back, my blogging brain has recovered.

So in today’s post I wanted to talk about why I want to try breastfeeding with baby number 2, I have written a blog post in the past relating to this and why I regret not trying breastfeeding with Logan, so if you want to read that then you can do so by clicking here.

One of the main reasons why I wanted to give breastfeeding ago this time is because I feel like I will definitely regret it again if I don’t try with Sully. I know it will be a lot different feeding experience and probably more tiring, stressful and maybe painful at times but I’m prepared for that, I just need to buy some nursing clothes to help me on my breastfeeding journey.

breastfeeding

Being quite a shy and anxious person, I never thought I would ever consider breastfeeding but part of me has decided not to give a shit about what other people think, it’s my body, my decision, it’s not like I will be getting my tit out without coverage or anything, I will be considerate and appropriately dressed. I’ve also mentioned in a previous post my fears for having 2 under 2, and in that post i talk about all the factors of having a toddler plus a newborn, and the fears i have with that.

Another reason why I want to try breastfeeding with my 2nd child is because I want to experience that skin to skin that you wouldn’t otherwise get if you were bottle feeding, as much as I enjoyed bottle feeding Logan, I did sometimes find it a chore to have to get up, go downstairs and make up some formula, when I could easily and in seconds whip out a boob and feed from my bed, which is another added benefit to breastfeeding I think, plus it’s free and doesn’t cost anything unless you buy a pump to express and then that’s where the cost comes into play, but I don’t plan on pumping at least not for the first couple of months. Another great reason to breastfeed is bottles and teats don’t need to be sterilised and that saves a lot of time and it just means I can chill on the sofa and not have to leave baby and toddler to make bottles.

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Logan when newborn

But then part of me feels like I shouldn’t have such a narrow train of thought because what if Breastfeeding just doesn’t work for me, and baby? And then I’m in a situation where I have no bottles, no formula and no steriliser? I suppose I ought to think about buying these things just in case but I sure will give breastfeeding a dammed good go before I quit, I’m not a quitter by any means but I don’t want to make myself unhappy in the process. I believe and have always believed, a fed baby is a happy baby, I’m just grateful that I have options of how to feed.

It is such a shame however, that there is still such a taboo around breastfeeding and there are people out there who think ts disgusting and shouldn’t be a thing, but it is a natural thing for us women to be able to do, so why not embrace it?


Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post on this subject. I’d love to hear your experiences of going from Bottle to Breast, and if you couldn’t breastfeed what were the reasons for not being able to?

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13 thoughts on “Why I’ve decided to try breastfeeding this time around #normalizebreastfeeding

  1. J

    Go for it Maria, and as back up maybe ask on yor local free cycle for a sterilizer, buy a couple of bottles anyway for boiled water drinking etc. I think you will do ok, even as it is a bit painful to begin with it passes. 🙂

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  2. Donna

    Go you! I’ve breastfed both of mine and although I had some minor issues I was lucky to have local breastfeeding cafes and friends who saw me through. Get so lansinoh cream for those early days. All the best x

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  3. mommamack15

    Well done for sharing our story, there are still some out there who feel they are entitled to an opinion on how you feed your baby but I found he less fuss I made and just got on with it people didn’t really notice. Good luck with your journey

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  4. KellyAnn Schiavo

    You’re right. I’d tell any woman that breastfeeding doesn’t work for everyone so IF it doesn’t, don’t feel bad or guilty or inferior because the point is feeding your child and whatever way you do that is acceptable!
    I breastfed both of mine and it was a wonderful experience, sore at first (stick with it if can), but wonderful. Get yourself some plastic half cup milk catchers (cant remember the actual name) from mothercare, it saves breast pads getting soggy and you can actually use the milk for expressing. They were a life saver for me! Best of luck with it all xx

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  5. welshmumwriting

    I tried breastfeeding small boy but for various reasons it didn’t work. I’ve said that if a miracle should happen and we had a second I would still try to breastfeed. I am in awe of anyone who does or even tries to, as there is a lot of pressure not to, as well as to – I think it can depend who is around you. I found La Leche really helpful and were so supportive before baby in preparing and afterwards. They have lots of local groups and Facebook groups too, plus there are others. If you can buddy up with someone else breastfeeding to get through the tricky early stages and public BF maybe that might help. Go for it.

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  6. Susan (you are my sunshine)

    I bottle fed my first and really regretted it and knew that I would try breastfeeding for a few weeks with my 2nd. There is 17 months between my two and i had a traumatic delivery and lots of complications when she was born. But I was determined to breastfeed and surprisingly we are still at it over 3 years later! It was incredibly difficult in the first 6 weeks, but I so desperately wanted to do it that I just carried on. I surrounded myself with like minded women and my husband and when things were bad I never gave up on a bad day. That is the worst thing I could have ever done because the regret would have been worse then. Get to a breastfeeding group, find your tribe online, get the number for a board certified lactation consultant and read the womanly art of breastfeeding and get support from friends and family for cooking dinners and helping out and breastfeeding will work out fantastically x

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  7. Nicole

    No harm in giving it a go – if it works, that’s awesome and if it doesn’t, there’s no shame in that either. Do whatever works best for you and your baby – YOU know best. I really wanted to breastfeed but had problems from day 1 with my little fellow not latching, then we discovered he has tongue tie, then I wasn’t getting a great supply and finally I got mastitis! I did a mix of breastfeeding and expressing and bottle-feeding in the early months – then it was formula. Good luck

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  8. wanderlustandwetwipes

    Good for you for giving it a try. Please surround yourself with people / resources who will help and support you. I firmly believe that I would have quit within 2 weeks if it hadn’t been for the most amazing lactation consultant that I found really by chance. For something that is natural, it is not easy and takes perseverance but is super rewarding if it works. That being said the most important thing for baby is a happy mama so remember that and don’t beat yourself into the ground if it isn’t working. Good luck xx

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