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Finally Feeding Mothers' Stories
Sasha Leader, Moortown, Leeds, UK

 

finally-feeding-sasha-leaderI asked my boyfriend to take this picture tonight to capture a moment that only a few weeks ago I would never have deemed possible.

Breastfeeding has been frustrating, overwhelming, exhausting, yet strangely and lovingly addictive.

I made promises to myself that I would stop very soon, the next week, then the next.

I pumped, I bled, I scabbed, I latched, unlatched, and relatched.

I cried, I double-expressed, compressed, switched, massaged, topped up, and recorded the number and length of feeds.

Breastfeeding has been frustrating, overwhelming, exhausting, yet strangely and lovingly addictive.

She is finally feeding

Finally, and for just these past few weeks, my baby has been latching herself: it’s comfortable and enjoyable. She is satisfied and we are both happy. I kept telling myself that all of it wouldn’t and couldn’t last, just like these moments tonight.

Being able to feed in bed in any position other than bolt upright and rigid seemed as though it would never happen!

finally-feedingAlthough my baby is just 12 weeks old now, it’s remarkable how much you forget and how much she has changed in such a short space of time.

I have taken comfort and found reassurance reading posts from other mothers in my local LLL Facebook group, especially in those early weeks when people were talking about similar experiences to the ones I was going through.

I hope you all enjoy feeding your babies whatever journey you make with them and however you choose to do it.

Thank you for sharing.

Resources

Enough Milk

Fussy Baby

LLLGB Nipple Pain

Sore Nipples When Breastfeeding

Tongue-tie

Toolkit


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