As soon as I found out I was expecting Joshua I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I’d formula fed Keira so I didn’t really know what I was in for but it was something that I was determined to do.
After Joshua was born he latched onto my breast instantly without any problems and he had a great feed. The next few days went pretty well too. His latch was great and he was feeding well, the cluster feeding was a bit demanding but it was manageable as Darren was home to help out with Keira.
By day 5 the midwife came to visit. Joshua had maintained his birth weight, which was excellent, and the midwife said he had a great latch. My nipples were a bit sore from all the cluster feedings but I just got on with it. They are still sore now, but only for the first couple of seconds when he latches. My nipples haven’t cracked nor have they been ridiculously sore, maybe that could be thanks to the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin cream.
My supply has been incredible to be honest, as soon as my breasts stopped being so engorged and felt normal I was incredibly worried that I’d lost my supply and that Joshua wasn’t getting enough milk. I now know that this is a common thing that many mother’s worry about. I never once supplemented with formula and I just continued putting Joshua on the breast every time he showed signs of hunger. It was demanding, tiring and stressful but I done my best. Within a few days, my supply was showing off. Every time Joshua latched onto one breast, the other would leak and squirt milk everywhere. It was then that I knew that there was no problems with my supply.
Joshua tends to only feed from one side at a time during the day. At night he’ll feed from both sides before falling back to sleep. He doesn’t seem to have a favourite, I don’t really think he cares as long as he’s getting some milk!
I’ve pumped some milk that I’ve put in the freezer, for those just in case moments. I could easily get 60 to 90ml from my right breast and only 20 to 30ml from the left, although recently I have managed 60 to 90ml from the left too so I know that breast is building it’s supply up. He has had some expressed milk from a bottle, we used the Dr Brown’s Anti Colic bottles and we have had no troubles with nipple confusion.
I honestly didn’t think that I would enjoy breastfeeding as much as I am, I love the closeness and the bond that I have with Joshua. The only part I don’t enjoy is all the poopy nappies! He poops so much, Keira only went once or twice a week but Joshua poops in every nappy! I know breast milk acts as a laxative but come on!!