August 02, 2017
Hotmilk Breastfeeding Truths

As a company focused on breastfeeding, we try to encourage people as much as we can to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is natural, its full of amazing goodness for your baby and there is something quite special about that bond between mother and baby. However, we realise that breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally for everyone. It can often be a hard and often painful journey for some mums.

Out of interest I thought I’d ask our staff members to feedback on their breastfeeding experiences and memories. Their responses are raw and somewhat surprised me. As amazing and as hard as Breastfeeding can be, all of us look back and remember those fond moments between mother and baby in a positive light!

 

Kelly - Wrangler of 2 crazy boys
Mitchell – Adventurist kid who could talk under water
Blake – My shy deep thinking cuddler


After an emergency C-Section I had envisioned issues with breastfeeding my first. But I need not have worried, my milk came in on day 2 and I happily breastfeed with no issues or struggles till he was nearly 1. I loved that it gave me a regular reason to STOP. Stop trying to keep the house tidy, do chores etc. Just stop and enjoy some quiet time with my baby. So second baby comes and I'm feeling pretty smug. I got this, I have done this before and I know what I'm doing. Well what a different story that was, breastfeeding was definitely a struggle and took weeks and weeks of pain and persistence. I can really feel for those who may not have a great first time experience, but it goes to prove each time is different, so if it wasn’t easy or enjoyable the first time, the next time could be amazing so give it a go!

 

JONELLE – Mother of 2 boys
Cooper - A farmboy at heart with a love for dirt biking
Mason - A tough wee cookie ready to take on the world.

I absolutely love breastfeeding. It’s a journey that we’re on together. A journey that has created a really special bond between the boys and me. I love how much time I get to spend with them and how a breastfeed will comfort them when they’re upset. The ease and availability of having Milk when and where the boys needed it is gold. I almost look forward to sitting down and having that quiet time while the boys fed.

I read this the other day which sums up my current state of breastfeeding perfectly…

NIPLASH

[Fr. Nipple + whiplash] :

When a baby decides not to take a break from nursing and suddenly and energetically jerks their head around to up, down and all around the room (whilst still latched onto the boob!)

 

WENDY – Mother of 2 kids
Grace – A budding young artist
Cooper – A lego crazed kid

I breast fed both my kids for 6-7 months.  I went back to work after 5 months for both kids and would sit in the fitting room and use a breast pump to express so they could stay on breast milk for as long as possible.  All my colleagues knew it was milking time as the walls were so thin they could hear the breast pump chugging away!

I found breast feeding extremely difficult for my first child, I thought that since breastfeeding was a natural thing to do, it would be easy.  I gave myself a 6-week mark and if I didn't have it by then, I would bottle feed.  The point that I had breastfeeding sorted just happened to be at 6 weeks!  Luckily for me the second time around was much easier! I was a lot more relaxed and knew exactly what to do!

 

MICHELLE – Mother of 2 kids
Josh – An adrenaline seeking adventurer
Ayla – An ambitious fairy with a huge amount of spunk

I found breastfeeding to be relatively easy. I remember my midwife saying that I had great breastfeeding nipples, so maybe that’s why. Josh was a machine when it came to feeding and I often had to pump extra to keep up with his ability to chug back the milk (god help me when he’s a teenager!) He was also a ‘happy chucker’ and I remember having to always have a towel on hand to catch the huge amount of milk that he’d bring up after his feed. Ayla was a lot simpler and was nowhere near as hungry as Josh, so breastfeeding was an easy and relaxed journey with her.

I have the fondest memories of that tingling sensation that happens before your milk letdowns…oh how I miss that! I also remember regularly squirting josh in the face as he’d come in for a feed...so many memories!

 

LISA – Mother of 3 girls
Amara - A mover and a shaker
Aria - An aspiring entrepreneur
Violet – A pocket rocket full of life

I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed all my girls. I wouldn’t say that I loved breastfeeding, but realized the benefits that came from breastfeeding.

I remember thinking how lucky I was to have such healthy babies through the winter time. None of the girls really got sick and when I look back at it, luck had nothing to do with it. My breastmilk is what helped them stay healthy.

The convenience of breastfeeding was a god send! It was almost like having a built-in pacifier. I could calm all our girls whenever and wherever I was just by breastfeeding. On a separate note… breastfeeding worked wonders for my post pregnancy belly!

 

STEPH – Mother of 2 kids
Neva -  Dance is Neva’s world along with Hockey, Snow Skiing and beach life
Taine – Crazy mad about basketball, snow skiing, surfing to name a few!

OMG the things that happened!!! I’m not sure if my memories of breast feeding made me want to cry or fall to the ground with laughter with some of the very unexpected things that happened, it was not always an easy journey for me BUT I did it and feed both my babies until they were 13mths!  I also LOVED the relief of feeding and that super special time, building that ever so strong connection between mum and bub is off the wall.

 

ANGE B – Mother of triplets
Lennox and Harper: Both amazing surfers and skiers
Willow: An extremely talented football player

Let’s just say breastfeeding was a challenge. Trying to breastfeed premature triplets was hard to say the least. Most nights were spent trying to get 5lb, 4lb & 3lb babies to latch on. I then had to express to increase my milk supply and then get back into bed just in time for the next feed.

"I had always imagined that I would breastfeed my children but sadly it wasn’t a physical reality for me. I didn't produce enough milk to feed three babies, however, in saying that, I breastfeed the triplets for 2-3 weeks and gave them as much goodness as I could possibly handle. As hard as it was, I have the fondest memories of these beautiful tiny babies in my arms trying to latch on for breastmilk goodness…oh and amazing memories of the night nurse in the special care unit making the most insane hot chocolates for me through the night xxx

Whether you breast or bottle feed, feeding time is always a special bonding time when they stare up at you with so much love, it would make any heart explode with love"

 

ANGE S – Mother of 2 boys
Jive - Kind hearted, sensitive and active.
Arli - Lover of animals, lover of mischief.

After some post birth complications, it took my body 2 weeks for my milk supply to kick in. I remember having to take a lot of supplements to help the process. I was ready to give up, but was encouraged to keep trying and thankfully I did.

I ended up breastfeeding both kids for 6 months. We used to travel a lot for family road trips and outings. Breastfeeding was like the ultimate pacifier. It may have taken double the time to get anywhere, but at least the kids were happy!

 

NIKKI – Mother of 2 kids
Drew – A firecracker redhead
Clay - A mischievous 3 year old

Breastfeeding was a challenge for me. Drew was 5.5 weeks premature and struggled to suck. I remember having to regularly pump to keep my milk supply up and give Drew what she needed. In saying that I breastfed for 4 months and gave the kids an awesome start to life. Another memory I have, is the special care nurses encouraging me to give Drew a dummy to encourage her suckling, of course as a first-time mum I had all these ideologies of what I was going to do as a parent and giving a dummy was not in my plan. Funny how you expect things to go and then you end up doing whatever it takes to make it all work and ensure the best for your child. 

As challenging as it was, I have incredible memories of feeding both children. It was a special time together as mum and baby only…something I’ll cherish forever.

 

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Michelle Radley