We made it! 12 months of breastfeeding my little boy. Every breastfeeding mum deserves a medal for that right?
Deciding to breastfeed Dillon was never really a question for me, I knew long before he was born that I was adamant to feed him myself. I don’t have anything against formula, breastfeeding is purely personal preference.
Breastfeeding wasn’t easy after he was born. We stayed in hospital a night longer – I fully took advantage of literally having the ward to myself with a midwife around to help me to latch Dillon properly.
Nothing prepared me for the toe curling pain when the milk comes in after colostrum. Or the thought I might have mastitis (yikes that was worrying and painful). Thankfully persisting with hot compresses and massages for a few days ensured I avoided antibiotics!
For the first few weeks whenever Dillon fed, I tried to use the wide-open-mouth-nose-to-the-nipple-technique and hey presto, I had breastfeeding fully mastered!
A year later and we are still going strong. I can’t believe how easy it has been and just how convenient it is – even more so after overcoming my fears of feeding in public. Now I just don’t care where and when I feed him – my baby has every right to feed as much as anyone!
Breastfeeding award milestones:
- Bronze – 3 months
- Silver – 6 months
- Gold – 1 year
- Platinum – 18 months
- Diamond – 2 years
Not really aiming to achieving a certain milestone, I’m leaving it to Dillon to self wean. I know the longer I continue to breastfeed, the bigger the health benefits to both Dillon and I. It’s a win win for this mummy! (And any other breastfeeding/expressed breastmilk mummy)!