What I Miss About Breastfeeding

As a Mom to two daughters and a combined total of 7 years(!!!!) breastfeeding, my breastfeeding days were certainly quite the emotional rollercoaster. It’s fair to say that as a family, we experienced more than our fair share of breastfeeding challenges, from those early nights of cluster feeding and colic, to engorgement and mastitis, feeding strikes, attempting to transition to a bottle and 6 months turning into 4 whole years of extended breastfeeding. With no more children planned, our breastfeeding days are now over for good. Whilst I am thankful to at last have my body back entirely to myself; The post What I Miss About Breastfeeding appeared first on The Pulse.

What I Miss About Breastfeeding

As a Mom to two daughters and a combined total of 7 years(!!!!) breastfeeding, my breastfeeding days were certainly quite the emotional rollercoaster. It’s fair to say that as a family, we experienced more than our fair share of breastfeeding challenges, from those early nights of cluster feeding and colic, to engorgement and mastitis, feeding strikes, attempting to transition to a bottle and 6 months turning into 4 whole years of extended breastfeeding.

With no more children planned, our breastfeeding days are now over for good. Whilst I am thankful to at last have my body back entirely to myself; there are many elements of breastfeeding that I do miss and will remember fondly for years to come.

The snuggles – Watching your baby drift off to sleep post feed, safe and content on your chest was a sensation I wish you could bottle. Watching their tired limbs relax in your arms, their little hand hooked onto your top and that surge of oxytocin that filled your heart and wiped away the most challenging of days was truly special. No matter how stressful the day had been, those quiet, calm moments before bed helped us both reset and recharge. I wish I’d spent more time enjoying those cuddles rather than aimlessly scrolling through my phone during night feeds!

The Magic Fix – Breastfeeding at times was pretty magic and provided the ability to calm my child in an absolute instant – like waving a magic wand! Shots at the doctor? Taken a tumble? Overtired? There was no upset too great that breastfeeding couldn’t fix it! Instant gratification and much needed silence! These days the upsets are a little harder to fix and the time taken to get my babies to bed is drastically increased too!

The calorie burning – I definitely enjoyed the calorie burning element of breastfeeding and certainly got used to being able to cater for that additional hunger! Now the breastfeeding has stopped but my eating habits haven’t changed, which is probably something I should bear in mind!

Being Wanted – As frustrating as it was at times to feel ‘touched out’ and constantly crave a moment to myself, I do miss the longing – the fact that my daughter would want me and only me at bedtime.  It was nice to have that maternal bond with my babies and know that no matter what happened, they just wanted their Mom, particularly at bed time. The first times when the girls started asking for Daddy instead was so strange and left me a little lost at first! As the girls grow older and they reach new milestones, I hope that the bond with their Mom never truly breaks!

The excuse to leave a room – This one may be unique to me, but as an introvert I don’t always enjoy large social settings. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t used my baby’s need to nurse as a reason to slip quietly away to a back room or rest area and get away from the noise and drama in the other room! The ability to sit calmly feeding my baby without having to make small talk with strangers was definitely an unanticipated positive!

What do you miss about your breastfeeding days?

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Should I Have an Elective C-Section?

In recent years, many women have opted to book in for elective C-sections when making a birth planning for their baby. There are various reasons for choosing a cesarean birth, the most common being that Mom-to-be may be anxious about the lack of control associated with a traditional labor, or the fact that C-sections generally provide Moms-to-be with more control over when their baby is born. However, as major abdominal surgery, opting for a C-section isn’t something that should be taken lightly. It is important that you weigh up all the risks when deciding to choose this option over a The post Should I Have an Elective C-Section? appeared first on The Pulse.

Should I Have an Elective C-Section?


In recent years, many women have opted to book in for elective C-sections when making a birth planning for their baby. There are various reasons for choosing a cesarean birth, the most common being that Mom-to-be may be anxious about the lack of control associated with a traditional labor, or the fact that C-sections generally provide Moms-to-be with more control over when their baby is born.

However, as major abdominal surgery, opting for a C-section isn’t something that should be taken lightly. It is important that you weigh up all the risks when deciding to choose this option over a vaginal birth, considering how they balance out with the benefits to you and your baby.

It is worth remembering:

  • A C-section birth is certainly not the easy way out. A cesarean birth comes with a higher risk of complications than a traditional vaginal birth including a higher risk of blood loss, organ damage and infection. Whilst some of these may be minor, untreated infections can lead to serious complications such as sepsis, which can be life critical.
  • C-sections also come with a longer recovery period, with most women taking around 6 weeks after a cesarean birth to fully recover and regain full mobility. You may need more assistance post birth than you would otherwise with a traditional labor – so depending on what support you have at home, you may find those early weeks with a newborn more physically challenging.

Despite some Moms experiencing negativity around choosing cesarean births and the cruel claims of ‘too posh to push’; there are various instances where Moms should consider having an elective section:

  • Birth Anxiety – Some Moms to be can experience severe anxiety about a vaginal birth including the thought of complications, the pain endured, loss of control and its unpredictable or extended nature. In this instance, where the level of anxiety is likely to cause Mom a significant amount of distress, a cesarean birth may be deemed the more suitable option for a Mom’s mental health.
  • Multiple Birth (such as twins) – When experiencing more than one baby, your medical team may recommend a cesarean birth – as this is often deemed the safest and quickest way to ensure both babies are born quickly, without any distress.
  • Previous birth difficulties (or traumatic birth experience) – If you have previously had an emergency caesarean due to complications (or needed significant assistance in later stages of labor due to a baby becoming stuck or slow to progress), the team may decide a C-section is recommended. Whilst it is possible to have a vaginal birth after a cesarean, 90% of women who have had one, go on to have another with future pregnancies. 
  • If you have a large baby or baby is in an abnormal or breech position – If your baby is expected to have a high birth weight, or is not in the optimum birth position, a C-section may be recommended to avoid physical trauma to Mom during the labor itself. Whilst vaginal breech births are possible (and attempts can be made to turn them pre labor), a baby who is breach or back-to-back during labor can make births far more painful, longer and with a higher risk of tearing or episiotomy.
  • Chronic health conditions – if you have a chronic health condition or physical condition that would make vaginal deliveries high risk or dangerous for the Mom to be, then a vaginal birth may be off the cards. Seek advice on what is recommended for you based on your specific circumstances, as there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to maternal health.

How and where you give birth to your baby is a very personal choice. That said, it’s important you understand all your options, the risks and benefits and how they fit with your own situation before making your choice. It’s also important to accept that at times, you won’t always get the birth plan you hoped for and the most important thing is that Mom and baby stay safe and well.

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