On May 17th 2016 at 5pm Ella was born and my first ever breastfeeding experience started immediately after. The midwife put her straight on my left breast and I never looked back.
My breastfeeding journey had been filled with happiness, love and comfort and I cannot speak highly enough of it or recommend it more.
I have loved every second of nursing Ella, it makes you sit (literally) and take a moment to be calm, engage with your baby and breath… These moments cannot ever be replaced with anything.
From the get go I have found breastfeeding very rewarding, but following a bad spell with teething pain, I somehow turned into a bit of a dummy (or pacifier to the American proud). Soon after this I developed a bad episode of mastitis and that’s pretty much when I decided that I wanted to start the bottle-feeding process.
It hadn’t been easy by any means. We’ve had tears, grumps and growns and ALOT of wasted milk. All the time the idea of a bit more freedom kept me going though.
I started on Aptimal which did not suit Ella at ALL. The MAM bottles did stick though and I think these were the closest thing I could find to a real nipple. They are flat you see, and I can only imagine that this is what happens to my nipple when she feeds. We now use HIPP Organic formula. This is also a close fit to breast milk as it contains similar qualities.
I single handedly got Ella to take the bottle and it hadn’t been easy. It had taken nearly two months and a great determination from myself. But, I am so glad I kept going with it.
9 (nearly 10) months of breastfeeding is beyond a good start for Ella and – now that she is eating a good variety of solids – is more than enough to help her to thrive. I have loved every moment of feeding, but I am so ready for shared responsibility when it comes to getting Ella to sleep at night. I am looking forward to things again and cannot wait to sleep on my stomach for the first time in over a year!
Ella at 4 weeks old.