We talked to three different mums about their breastfeeding journey. We asked them whether breastfeeding came naturally to them or if they had any challenges. Here are their responses.
Profession: Early childhood educator
Family: Husband, 2 year old daughter and 8 month old son
Chelsea: Easy enough, I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant I wanted to breastfeed. I did a lot of reading on ways to breastfeed. The only hurdle I had was damaged nipples which then led me to use nipple shields for the first three months, then one day I decided I didn't want to use them anymore and my daughter latched perfectly. I was lucky enough to keep feeding my daughter during my son's pregnancy and now I'm tandem feeding both my babies.
Profession: Collections officer
Family: Me, husband, 2 year old and 7 month old daughters and Ziggy our dog
Dannii: I have had a few little hurdles with my journey! I fed Willow for 12 months and my milk supply was very full on so Willow never learnt how to suck correctly as it pretty much just poured into her mouth. It took a little bit to correct her latch. With Zaria, my milk supply is still full on. I have had mastitis once, and now have to change my diet to cut out dairy to see if that helps with her upset tummy.
Profession: Stay at home mum
Family: Me, husband, 3 year old daughter and 6 month old identical twin sons!
Lily: Breastfeeding was super challenging and painful the first time around. I was in absolute agony every feed. I tried everything and finally I went to a lactation consultant and we tried again and from that visit on the pain was gone! The second time around it just came naturally, absolutely no issues! I'm currently exclusively tandem feeding on demand the boys and feed our daughter once before bed.
Breastfeeding can have so many challenges and it is important to get the right support if you want to continue breastfeeding successfully. There are different ways to get help including:
- Calling the Australian Breastfeeding Association helpline (1800 686 268)
- Speaking to an IBCLC qualified lactation consultant. They can be found on the ABA website.
Did breastfeeding come naturally to you? Leave us a comment!