As those who may have followed for some time would know, we have been very open and honest about our breastfeeding journey! I am asked often by my readers to share our experience and provide insight to how we overcame our hardships.
And while I am no longer breastfeeding, I thought that this being Breastfeeding Awareness Week (August 1st – 5th), it was the perfect time share our story, and provide some really interesting (and extremely reassuring) statistics to help others potentially experiencing the same things as we did!
Like a lot of women, we experienced a variety of challenges when trying to establish breastfeeding. This included limited milk supply, cracked nipples, tongue tie and mastitis. It was not an easy journey and took me several weeks to even establish feeding on the breast with both girls.
On both occasions, I spent a lot of time expressing milk and I put quite a lot of pressure on myself to keep going. Nevertheless, I’m glad that I did preserver as both times I was successful in feeding them naturally and continued on to do so for several months.
Just pumpin' breastmilk in my activewear ? I had tones of people ask me about this pump, it's the @medela_au freestyle and yes it can be used hands free ?? absolute lifesaver for us while we try work our way back to the boobs! This is also the @medela_au bra ?? PS: Speaking of activewear!! Can anyone suggest a good maternity sport bra? Need an over shoulder boulder holder that actually supports this milk jugs when I run ??
However, some people might be surprised to hear that our story and experiences are in no way unique!
In a recent survey conducted by Medela Australia, they asked 4000 Australian mums a variety of questions on several topics, including breastfeeding. The results showed that like myself, women put pressure on themselves to breastfeed because of the health benefits breastfeeding provides, yet most go on to experience associated challenges.
In fact, 9 out of 10 mums do experience breastfeeding challenges. With women reporting similar issues to those I experienced, including sore nipples and supply issues, as well as latching problems and tongue ties!
So anyone who follows us know this kinda a big deal for us ? it's taken us over eight weeks but we're finally back to the boob ??? it's not completely smooth running but we're getting there and I'm pretty damn happy ? It's been a hard slog, expressing 5-6 times a day was wearing pretty thin and I honestly thought we'd never get there but I'm so glad we stuck it out!! Breastfeeding is NOT bloody easy for everyone! And it can take a bit of help, I've touched on that on the blog today with a few tools that helped get us through thanks to @medela_au ?? YAY!! Can finally invest in some good maternity bras and breastfeeding friendly clothes ? cause this is the only top I have ha ? I'm just a tad excited ??
A huge contributing factor I believe to my breastfeeding journey was the resources and tools I had around me that supported and enabled me to continue feeding. In particular, was course my Medela Freestyle Pump, which enabled me to pump milk easily and quickly – great when you have a toddler in tow.
I also used the MyMedela App a lot. The app was an easy and practical resource that provided practical advice, tips and tricks from experts on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and acted as an efficient tracking tool to monitor babies progress in key areas such as breastfeeding to I could tailor to our needs.
Everyone’s breastfeeding journey is different, and while it may come easy for some it won’t always for others and it’s important to not put too much pressure and expectation on yourself. I am just grateful that we live in an era where we have options and resources available to us when deciding how to feed our babies!
At the end of the day, I think it’s extremely important to reassure others that they are not alone in the tribulations that face breastfeeding mothers. Like Medela, I agree that Breastfeeding Awareness Week is a fantastic opportunity to educate the wider community about the challenges mums face and the pressure they put on themselves to give their child the best start in life and to remind mums that they are not alone in their journey.
The MyMedela app is available free on the Apple Store & Google Play Store or you can visit their website here, www.mymedela.com/au.
This is a sponsored collaboration with Medela. We are huge lovers and users of the brand, and never endorse anything we do not 100% believe in.