We asked the wonderful Alice Bingham @aliceinhealthland, Mum to four children under 5 about her breastfeeding experience.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your breastfeeding journey?
I am currently breastfeeding my 4th child. I have four little ones 5 years and under, so this is my fourth breastfeeding journey. I found my first son to be quite easy to breastfeed. My second, I had my moments of feeling challenged and questioned myself more often than not. My third, I had a premature baby, so lots of pumping and time schedules to begin with. Then she had reflux too which meant she used to chuck up after each feed, so mentally that would drain me; but surprisingly I was able to breastfeed her right up until we got pregnant with my fourth baby. My little baby boy who is now 6 months old has been going pretty well. He also has reflux but more the silent kind. We are going strong and I’m proud of myself. I am enjoying it too and love the bond I have had breastfeeding all of my children.
2. Did you take any steps to prepare for breastfeeding, prior to having your baby?
With Arlo, my fourth baby I did get prepared as my third baby was a prem. I wanted to be prepared and had some colostrum ready to go just in case. He was a few weeks early but only had to go to special care for 24 hours. I’m glad I had the colostrum ready to go for this journey.
3. Did you have challenges breastfeeding and if so, how did you overcome them?
As mentioned, I had challenges with my third baby as she was premature and had reflux. I think believing in myself and not getting so caught up in ticking boxes etc. helped. I also sought advice from a breastfeeding consultant and saw a trusted lactation consultant regularly. This just gave me the extra confidence I needed to believe in myself and what I was doing.
4. What do you love most about breastfeeding?
Those little handholds...the eyes that look up at me....and the chats in between, haha. Plus being stuck underneath them post feed.
5. Is there anything you’d like to share with breastfeeding mums and soon-to-be mums?
Don’t be afraid to seek advice from a trusted professional or a good friend you know won’t judge. Honestly, like most things in life, we will be faced with challenges but you will get through them and be okay with the outcome! You have to be kind to yourself. You learn about a kind of patience you never knew existed.
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