It’s been a few months since I wrote my 8 things I’ve learnt about breastfeeding so far post and now that I’ve been breastfeeding for 10 months, I thought I’d share another five things I’ve learnt. So let’s kick things off with the thing most breastfeeding mums dread…those little teggies (or teeth to you normal people).
They don’t bite…much
Arthur has had four teeth for a good few months now and I’ve got to say, it’s not really impacted breastfeeding that much for me. I’m not going to lie, there have been a couple of times where Arthur’s clamped down on my boob and it’s been painful enough to make my eyes stream with tears BUT it doesn’t happen all of the time. I tend to find it a little uncomfortable when a new teggie is coming through but apart from that, the teeth haven’t been much of an issue at all! Breastfeeding a baby with teeth isn’t half as scary as it sounds.
It gets easier
A few months into weaning Arthur and I’m finding breastfeeding is so much easier. I’m still feeding on demand but because Arthur is enjoying solids too, he’s going longer between feeds. I’ve also found that he’s much more efficient when he feeds, so they’re quicker.
I can feed pretty much anywhere in any top
I’ve never been that self-conscious about breastfeeding in public but I guess before I’d like to make sure I was wearing an appropriate feeding top so I could be as discreet as possible. Now I wear what I want and just make it work because let’s face it, nursing tops can get a little boring! I can also feed Arthur pretty much anywhere. It’s nice having the confidence to do that and not really worry about what anyone else is thinking. If Arthur needs his milk that’s exactly what he gets!
Older babies get more distracted
Even though Arthur still loves his milk, I have found that the older he gets, the more distracted he is, especially if there’s a lot going on around him. For example, if he hears a voice he recognises during a feed or a theme tune on the TV, he’ll look up, causing my streaming flow of breast milk to go everywhere…fun times...well actually, soggy times. Feeding in a quiet place is so much easier – but not always possible!
I still love it
Ten months of breastfeeding and I still love it. Even though it’s something I do a few times every day (and night – yep he still wakes for night feeds!) I still enjoy the special moments and closeness with my son. Breastfeeding is something I don’t take for granted because I know that it’s something that some women would love to experience with their children but can’t for one reason or another. It’s also something I’m proud of because there have been times where it’s been very hard and I’ve really had to work at it, especially in the very beginning when Arthur was jaundice and losing weight.
In my last post about breastfeeding I said that I was only planning on doing it until Arthur turned one. Well, over the last couple of months I’ve decided that it’s not something I want to put an end date on. I’m in no rush to give up breastfeeding and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to continue doing it until Arthur naturally drops his feeds.
Are you breastfeeding and relating to any of these things?
I’d love to hear from you so feel free to share experiences in the comments below!
A little note: These are my breastfeeding experiences and I understand that it's different for all mamas. This post isn't intended to offer advice - it's just about sharing my own experience of breastfeeding so far and what I've learnt from it.