Kate & Izzy
"I was looking forward to breast feeding even before falling pregnant. Even so, I'm amazed now how much I doubted my natural ability to breast feed, as I bought bottles and a steriliser 'just in case'. Formula marketing has done such a complete job at undermining women. My aim was six months absolute minimum, and then a year if I could. The first weeks were so incredibly hard, without knowledgeable breast-feeding support- I would advise every pregnant mum to put money aside for an IBCLC session after the birth and get to know their local La Leche League leaders.
As I learned more, naturally I wanted to feed Izzy for the two years minimum recommended by the WHO and NHS. Yet, here we are at three and a half years, still 'boobing' and loving it. It has been an invaluable mothering tool, especially when she has been hurt, ill or just needs to sit quietly for a few minutes! I can't convey what a special experience it is to breastfeed a newborn, then a toddler and on through pre-school years, and the sacred bond it creates. Even without considering the myriad health risks of not breast feeding, it's all worth it just for the cuddles and closeness alone. My milk supply is dropping now; I only have a let-down in the early hours of the morning, and it is bitter sweet to feel that this may soon be over. "
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