Breastfeeding

When I first found out I was pregnant, I assumed I’d bottle feed. But Baby Girl’s dad felt very strongly that breast was best, & the more I read up on bottle v breast, I too was converted.

Why? I was always ill as a child. (I wasn’t too well as a teen actually either.) My immune system has always been a little weak. Secondly, I’ve suffered from asthma since I was 2, at times quite severely. Also, I was an extremely fussy eater – mixed with an extremely wilful child, I was every parent’s worst nightmare! All these things have been found to be more common in bottle fed babies, as I was from day dot.

There are other explanations for these occurrences: I lived in Barnet, North London until I was four. An area with the high numbers of asthmatic children at the time due to it being in a bowl & pollution collecting. Asthma & / or the steroid-based inhalers also weaken the immune system. Once my Mom started the ween my into solids, she found i was extremely fussy about the texture rather than the flavour of the foods; something that continued through childhood & in certain cases even now. Which bottle nor breast could have solved.

However, it didn’t seem a risk worth taking. So Baby Girl is being breast fed. And so far, it’s going pretty well.

Of course, everything I eat flavours my milk. And after a fretful week last week with Baby Girl seeming not too happy with my milk in the evenings, we did a bit of research. Turns out, potentially problematic foods are:

  • chilli / spicy foods
  • garlic
  • citrus fruit
  • chocolate
  • cow’s milk products (ie containing lactose)

Well. Chilli / spice, garlic & lemon feature in our diet quiet heavily. And since cutting these out (or down significantly) she seems much happier & is feeding like a trooper once more. I won’t lie; I’m very relieved it doesn’t seem to be the cow’s milk! There would be a horrendous irony if my lactose intolerance was cured but I had to have a lactofree diet for Baby Girl!

As of around 6 weeks old, my milk supply will be firmly established & I can start expressing to use in bottles. I’m really looking forward to this. Not only so her dad can share some of the responsibility & bonding time that occurs whilst feeding, but also because I won’t have to whip a boob out in public! Still not overly comfortable with that…

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3 thoughts on “Breastfeeding

  1. Valerie says:

    Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job, mama! I couldn’t eat chocolate or spicy things with my third baby because they both bothered him (through my milk, that is). So worth it, though!! 😀
    Hey, I have a breastfeeding page with resources, information, and encouragement, if you’re interested: http://atlantamomofthree.net/breastfeeding-rocks/
    Keep up the great work!

    • amiecaitlin says:

      Thank you; it really helped to have the midwives at the hospital for that first 36 hours. One sat with us for a few hours through the first night when I just couldn’t get her to latch. Without their patience I would have almost gone straight to formula out of panic that first night!

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