Jordan is three months old now and, in terms of breastfeeding, I have learnt that the more I do it, the more confident and comfortable I become. Now it has become second nature.
I am finding breastfeeding to be a truly unique and beautiful experience that I get to share with my baby. What I love about it is being able to bond with my son and know that he can grow and nourish with my breastmilk!
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself Mums
For mums who can breastfeed, I say, go for it! For mums who are finding it tough… hang in there, there are alternatives and that’s okay. I do a combination of breastfeeding and expressing.
Remember, every journey and every baby is different. Try not to be too hard on yourself!
We All Need a Little Support, Once in a While
The material of the tank is durable and high-quality and I can unclip it with one hand. Expressing with the freestyle pump has also meant that I can store my breastmilk into labelled containers and freeze them as I go.
When it’s time to feed, I make sure to thaw the breastmilk a couple of hours beforehand.
Jordan is 3-Months-Old!
Being three months in, Jordan is feeding more. So, to keep up my supply, I have been pumping and storing more frequently.
He also feeds once during the night, so, by pumping and storing my expressed breastmilk, I can prepare for his night time feeds. This helps especially for when I’m feeling tired, as I have the option to grab the thawed breastmilk from the fridge and heat it up for Jordan.
I have found that it is important to continue expressing and not skip night feeds too often or it can reduce your breastmilk supply for the next day. During this process, my partner has been so supportive by taking these “night shifts” to feed, bathe and play with Jordan. It really helps a lot to have that extra support system for when you have a newborn!
You Are Not Alone!
If you’d like more information about how your partner can support you and what questions they may have about breastfeeding read here.
How would you describe your breastfeeding journey? What do you wish someone had told you before you had your child (or children)? Let’s have a chat and support each other!