World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
This is Winnie and I – breastfeeding her has been a much more enjoyable time as with age and experience you feel less worried by how and what you should be doing to feed your babies!
I still have breastmilk but she’s on cows milk now.
With my first – Trix – she was poorly with Strep B, on a drip and due to other situations and opinions I was unable to breastfeed her minus a small amount, I tried expressing and her first feed was breast – she ended up on formula feed Aptamil as I couldn’t provide much milk via expressing. Looking back I feel guilty for not being able to do more.
With my second, Oscar, I combine fed – the first 3 days was only boob and he was never satisfied so due to just not being able to produce enough milk and not wanting to put him at risk or pressure on myself – he did both boob and cow & gate formula which I did for 5 and a half months til he got teeth and starting biting me!
He was a very hungry baby so basically the moment he began weaning, I feel proud of what I achieved with him.
With Winnie I knew from the start I would combine feed which I got judgement off a couple of midwives – one Grimsby midwife said “if you formula feed and breastfeed it’ll strip away all the goodness of the breastmilk” which I knew was total bulshit and I’m glad I was older and wiser not to be bullied into putting my baby at risk – I prevailed with combine feeding and honestly it’s worked so well for me.
I remember the first night alone with her in the hospital room post birth – if you’re a mother you may of had that utter happiness of knowing what you’re doing & the general post birth vibe of being such a fucking bad ass!
I do get questions off people of how it works but I guess it’s baby dependant, when you start using bottles, reasons for doing so etc.
Everyone should just ‘do you’ and what you’re comfortable with or able to do!