What Not To Say To A Breastfeeding Mum.

Henry and I are nearly five months into our breastfeeding journey and after two previous failed attempts I am so happy that finally I seem to have cracked it this time. I've never put a time limit onto how long I want to breastfeed for. My one and only goal is to get to six months. If he wants to continue after that (I'm secretly hoping he does) then I am more than happy to keep going. I have no idea if we will get to a year or eighteen months. I plan to take it day by day and do what works for us.

In just a few short months though I've had a lot of questions and comments. Some good and some not so great. I wanted to answer some today that may not have been said with malice but after I've heard them several times over, do get a tad annoying!
Before I start though please note that I have absolutely nothing against formula or bottle feeding. My eldest two were formula fed and are happy, healthy & thriving! 

1// You're feeding him again? - Why yes I am. Don't you eat when you're hungry? I could always let him scream if you'd rather listen to that.

2/ Why don't you put him on formula? Firstly because I don't want to. Secondly, he's gaining weight. Thirdly, he has an allergy to dairy so if I were to put him onto formula it would have to be a medicated one on prescription. Who needs that hassle when he loves breastfeeding.

3// You've lost so much weight. It's obviously because you're breastfeeding. Maybe it's partly to do with breastfeeding. It's also because I never sit down. I also never get a chance to sit and eat a meal that requires you to use two hands and cutlery.

4// Do you worry that you'll never get him to stop breastfeeding? Yes everyday. In fact every time I see a 15 year old breastfeed I wonder if my kid will be the same. Off course I don't! Eventually he will self wean or if I decide to end this journey before that then I will wean him.

5// You shouldn't let him fall asleep whilst feeding - Breastfeeding is known to stimulate a hormone called Oxytocin that makes both the mother and baby sleepy during a feed. (If only I could take advantage of that hormone during the day!) My eldest two breastfed for a very short while. James for 3 weeks and Emilie for 4 days, once they were switched to formula they would still fall asleep during a feed so it isn't exclusive to breastfed babies. They both sleep just fine now at 8 years old and 3 so I don't expect it to cause any long term effects.

You know what they say, fed is best! Having both formula fed and now breastfeeding there are pros and cons to both. (Hello to no help with the night feeds!) You do whatever works for you & your babies and you can't go wrong :)

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