Breastfeeding my children was always on my ‘to-do’ list, I managed to breastfeed my daughter Little Bean for 6 months and then when Beanie Boy was born I decided to create a “diary style” page about the first few weeks of breastfeeding as I had forgotten how difficult those first few weeks can be. I’m hoping that my Breastfeeding Diary might help new mums who are struggling on their breastfeeding journey to see that it doesn’t always run smooth.
Sometimes breastfeeding comes naturally to Mother and Baby, other’s it can take a bit of learning on both sides, you need to experiment with breastfeeding positions and at times it can be an uphill struggle. I have experienced all three but with determination, the right help, lots of love and a lot of tenacity on my part to keep soldiering on I am proud to say that I have breastfed all of my Beans.
I also to undertook a training course with La Leche League to become a Peer Counsellor for a Breastfeeding Support Group which was run by the local Surestart Children’s Centre. I was recommended for this position by a Family Support Worker at the Centre, I found it to be of great help to myself and to fellow breastfeeding Mums.
Please come back to see this page as it develops.
Thank you xx
Breastfeeding Early Days
Beanie Boy went skin to skin immediately after birth (11.41am) and started rooting straight away. It took him a few tries before he managed to latch on properly but once there he went on and off every few minutes for almost an hour. It feels so great to be able to do this for my son, I am totally in love with him already!
For the rest of the day Beanie Boy has done nothing but sleep. As I had to go into surgery shortly after giving birth and receive a spinal block I’m laid out in bed for most of the afternoon and feel terrible that I can’t feed him. I suffer with low blood pressure and they struggle to get it back up after theatre so I’m feeling very poorly. All I want to do is sit up and breastfeed my baby but am unable to do so, breastfeeding flat on your back is no easy task it would appear. By 5pm I start to get some feeling back and am able to sit up a little in bed and being breastfeeding Beanie Boy again. He latches on straight away again – it definitely wasn’t this easy with Little Bean!!!
I feed Beanie Boy again three times throughout the evening and night – all seems to be going very well and feeling very relaxed. This is a good start – hopefully a sign of things to come.
Beanie Boy wakes for his first feed at 7am and feeds well, he then stays awake for about 45 minutes. Once we are both given a good bill of health we are told that we can go home this afternoon. I’m relieved as I didn’t get a good night’s sleep and it wasn’t down to Beanie Boy, the others on the ward were very noisy so I can’t wait to get home to my own bed. The feeds for the rest of the day went well, he seemed to want a feed anywhere between every two and four hours. On the downside he seems very sleepy again today, not having much awake time at all until we get to bed ourselves in the evening – suddenly he decides that he’s wide awake. Our first night at home does not go well, Beanie Boy screams for a feed almost every hour and takes half an hour at a time so I’m averaging half an hours sleep between feeds until 6am when he finally seems to have had enough. He then sleeps until 9am! Thankfully Hubby takes the children downstairs so that I can attempt to catch up on some sleep and I manage to stay in bed until 11.30am – I’m still tired but slightly more human. We hope and pray that this stage doesn’t last long!
After a tiring start to the day, Beanie Boy too seems worn out – must be all that partying he was doing last night! We try to keep him awake for longer periods but my boy appears to love sleep as much as his Mummy. My milk has come in today and I feel like I’ve had implants, I forgot just how huge they become. My nipples are really sore today too so I decide to use nipple shields today – the pain isn’t helped by my milk coming in. Each time Beanie Boy latches on I nearly jump to the ceiling in pain but its worth it for my boy. He seems to lavish in the extra milk he receives during his feeds today and they totally knock him out. Today he feeds approximately every three to four hours, I’m hoping for a better night.
My milk coming in has definitely made a difference, he’s feeding every three hours on the dot and seems very settled after each feed. He feeds for about 15-20 minutes and then has a beautiful “drunk” look on his face. My boobs still feel pretty tender today from the milk coming in and my nipples are REALLY sore but I’m using nipple shields for a couple of days until they feel a bit better. Night time is magic, he still takes a while to go off to sleep but we were only woken for a feed at 1.30am and 4.30am – I can handle this!
Beanie Boy didn’t wake for his first feed until 8.30am so I actually felt like I had a little lie in this morning. He fell straight back to sleep after his initial feed and then didn’t wake again until he was hungry at 11.30am and then fed every 3 hours again after that until the evening when he fed every 2 hours. I remember this from Little Bean – she would cluster feed in an evening, a good sign as this will help to prepare him for sleeping through the night. We’re away off yet I’m sure but I’m a little excited by this anyway and I am remembering how amazing it feels breastfeeding my baby as it’s something that only I can do for him.
Last night Beanie Boy woke at 2.30am and 6.00am – I have to admit the 6.00am wake up call was really hard because I couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards but hey ho! He has definitely set himself a routine of 3 hourly feeds in the daytime and 2 hourly in the evening with 2 wakes in the night. Not too bad really – I won’t brag just in case it doesn’t last!
Yep, spoke too soon! This boy can’t seem to get enough today, we’re feeding between every 1-2 hours and then he’s being really sick after every feed. He’s not fussing after he has been sick but it’s still not much fun being covered in milk every couple of hours and my washing pile is now mounting up! At the end of the day my brain kicks into gear, I think we’ve hit a growth spurt so hopefully this won’t last too long.
Breastfeeding First Weeks
I think he must have worn himself out yesterday with all his feeding and virtually no sleep as he stays asleep most of the day, only waking for a feed and then going right back off again. My boobs have responded to his demands, I feel like Jordan today!! He’s not being as sick today, I think he must have overfed himself yesterday and had to get rid of the excess. My nipples are starting to feel a bit better so have stopped using the shields on the left side but still need them on the right. He transfers well between the two.
Beanie Boy woke up at 7.30am which was very manageable – once I’m up and showered I actually feel relatively human! The sickness after feeding is back and its soo frustrating, have googled every topic I can find on it. Its more than a little possetting but he doesn’t seem upset by it. We’re still get very wet nappies and poohs at most feeds so he must be getting enough but it is really sole destroying to get him bathed and dressed only for him to be sick all over himself again.
Finally I have been able to get rid of the nipple shields today so hopefully we can keep going without them now. I used them for too long with Little Bean and they definitely affected my milk supply, don’t want to make the same mistake again.
Still feeding every 3 hours but its different times every day depending upon what time he wakes in the morning, funny thing is by the time we get to evening its always the same times?!?!?
I’m thinking about starting expressing soon so that Hubby can feed him too and enjoy the closeness that I do. Despite breastfeeding Little Bean for almost 6 months I actually have no confidence this time around, I feel a bit like a new mum again and have to keep asking friends for advice??
The sickness is sending me around the bend so we decide to try Infacol. We think his sick seems to come up on a burp so maybe it will help? Little Bean has taken to shouting “oh no, stop being sickies again!” every time he is sick – definitely need to do something about the sickness and the shouting!
Infacol definitely seems to be helping, he is bringing up really good burps immediately after a feed. I’m also trying to keep him upright for at least 30 minutes after a feed but I’m not managing to get many jobs done. We’re still on a 3 hour schedule, 2 hours in the evenings and 2 wakes in the night. I think I’ve got it pretty easy compared to some but I’m still soooo tired, best not moan though it could be worse!
I have a memory like a sieve so keep forgetting to give Beanie Boy the Infacol then I wonder why he’s being sick?!? I have been told to try drinking Peppermint or Fennel tea myself as apparently this aids digestion and some of it will pass onto him. Definitely worth a try, it’s caffiene free so what’s to lose?
Is it time for a growth spurt again? If not he’s just being greedy, I feel like he’s constantly feeding today – I’m worn out as he has barely slept today and I’ve hardly been able to put him down all day. Little Bean is acting up too so my patience has taken a vacation! I don’t remember Little Bean having so many growth spurts this early on?
He must have overdone it during the day as the plus side is he only wakes once in the night at 4.30am and then again at 8.30am – I feel relatively human again today.
Beanie Boy has a weigh in this week, he is now 8lb 15oz which means he has put on approximately 5oz per week which I think is pretty good but the Health Visitor says he’s slightly under. He was on the 50th Centile when he was born but now he is nearer to the 25th????
Things have settled down really nice, first feed is usually around 7.30am with subsequent feeds every three hours and then cluster feeding in the evening. I have finally started expressing so Hubby has decided to give him the bottle at one of the night feeds as he seems to settle quicker after the bottle than if he feeds from me. I think it’s because he likes Mummy’s cuddles so much! He has taken to the bottle really well which is a relief!!!
Breastfeeding One Month on . . .
So much for taking to the bottle so well, he suddenly is really fussy with it so we swap bottle brand and how he seems very happy with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature. He also decided feeding with Daddy in the night was fun so he would stay awake even longer so we need to try a different time again.
We’ve had a growth spurt again this week but again it only lasted one day so I could at least look forward to the next day when I knew he would be sleeping lots.
His sickness is really sporadic, sometimes we don’t have anything for a couple of days then for the next 3 days its just sick, sick, sick? I don’t get it?!?!
I decided to take him for a weigh in at Baby Clinic this week, he’s 9lb 9oz, I feel really pleased with him but again the HV says he’s a bit low!? I decide that perhaps I’m not eating enough of the right foods to give him the calories he needs so I have a trip to the supermarket and stock up on better foods for me – jacket potatoes, cottage cheese, loads of fruit and veg, meat pies and FRESH CREAM CAKES!!! Ok so they’re not technically for him but they have got a lot of calories! I deserve some treats surely!
Everything seems to be going really well this week, waking at 7.30am – feeds every 3 hours in the day, every 2 hours in the evening. Daddy giving a 5oz bottle between 10.30pm and 11.00pm. He goes straight off to sleep and doesn’t wake until 5.30am – that has been 4 days now so I’m feeling quite positive – we’re definitely heading in the right direction anyway.
Beanie Boy has a cough and cold this week so he’s struggling slightly with his feeding. I’ve been using Emcur Nasal drops to help break up the mucus and using a nasal aspirator which has helped slightly. On the second day of his bug he only fed for 5 minutes at each of the first three feeds of the day which really unsettled me. He isn’t producing very wet nappies but he’s doing lots of poos. I decide to take him to the Doctors to get him checked over where I’m told his lungs are clear, his temperature is fine and his heart rate is normal so to not worry and just keep an eye on him with his feeding. When I get home he shows signs of being hungry so I give him a feed, this time he stays on for nearly 40 minutes before falling asleep. He wakes 45 minutes later and has another feed of 30 minutes and this continues into the evening. Gave Beanie Boy his final feed of the night at 11pm before heading up to bed expecting a bad night but he surprises us both by sleeping until 7.40am!!! I actually felt quite human for the day and Beanie Boy has woken up bright as a button!