Jen & Ollie
"I always knew breastfeeding was going to be hard – but no one prepared me for how hard. My son had a tongue tie that was not picked up for 5 weeks, this meant I had 5 weeks of toe curling, sweating pain at every feed. As soon as his tongue tie was cut everything became painless and enjoyable. I don’t feel like my journey truly began until 5 weeks post partum. I used to say to myself everyday “just feed for one more day, just one more”. Little did I know one more day has now turned into almost 7 months of exclusive breastfeeding! I have previously suffered with anxiety and depression, I have had a year of therapy to help me overcome self confidence issues. I truly believe breastfeeding and motherhood have turned me into a much more confident and social person. To have to expose your body out in public and deal with any negative comments takes a lot of courage. Breastfeeding has helped me overcome so many of my previous issues where therapy had not worked. I owe a lot of who I am today to my son and our feeding journey.
I equally would not be feeding today if it was not for the support of my husband first and foremost. Holding my hand during the painful feeds and holding me whilst I sobbed from exhaustion and believing in my passion for breastfeeding. My family secondly supporting me feeding at their houses and when out in public, always making me feel confident and secure. My friends – old and new- for sending each other breastfeeding selfies and laughing through the hard parts of parenting.
Feeding has given me a lot of appreciation for my body, to be able to grow a whole human for 9 months and then to further grow this chunk of a boy for another 6.5 months. I cannot wait for our next breastfeeding journey, however long that may be. For now I will appreciate and enjoy every single feed."
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