So here we are, day two of our very first World Breastfeeding Week whilst having a breastfed baby in the house. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how far we have come in our breastfeeding journey and those who have helped along the way. Whilst this week is all about celebrating women and raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby I think it’s really important to remember those who hold our hands during the tough days and cheer us on when we are at our lowest.
I am incredibly proud to have got this far (eight months in a few days time) but quite honestly I couldn’t have done it without the support of Neill and Ruby. In the early days, dads have a massive supporting role to play – Neill sat and spoon fed me whilst I was feeding and couldn’t feed myself, he constantly ran backwards and forwards to the kitchen getting me snacks and refilling my water bottle. He sat with me at 3am while I sobbed in pain with cracked and bleeding nipples telling me I was amazing and he had so much respect for my determination. He held my breast in weird and wonderful positions to help get Lottie latched when she decided she was not about the right boob life and dropped all to run to Tesco when I ran out of nipple cream.
Ruby, my sweet three year old was the most patient big sister when I honestly expected her to be a nightmare. She played happily whilst I spend full days stuck to the sofa and waited when I told her I’d make her dinner as soon as I could.
It is incredibly important to have another breastfeeding mum on hand to text at ridiculous o’clock to tell you things WILL get better, you will sleep again and your nipples won’t feel like broken glass forever. Emma Rafferty @the_lifeoftheraffertys you are my person!! If anyone hasn’t found their person my inbox is always open and I’m more than happy to talk all things breastfeeding. I hope you all have a wonderful #WBW19. Keep on boobing mama’s!