'Silver boobies' - 6 months of breastfeeding

Well here I am, writing about exclusively breastfeeding Edith for 6 months. For 6 months my body, well boobs, have nourished my darling girl, and I couldn't be prouder of myself. So, the term 'silver boobies' is like a little award for breastfeeding. 

My silver boobies pin.


Beginnings

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I had some difficulties to begin with, which you can read about here, as I'm sure most breastfeeding mums do.

Breastfeeding is truly not as easy as it might appear. I've probably said that countless times before, but not only can there be pain to begin with, it's also learning to adapt to a new lifestyle

When a mum chooses to breastfeed, she's accepting the baggage that can come with that, what with the cluster feeds, the swollen boobs, and the time consuming feeds, etc. If I'm completely honest, breastfeeding is not what I thought it would be at all. I never thought I'd have the confidence to try latching Edith on in the hospital, let alone feeding in public

Cluster feeds 

Edith is still guilty of enjoying a cluster feed, especially during the evening where her feeding schedule always picks up. I can find myself sitting on the sofa, after dinner, with her on me for the rest of the evening until it's time for bed. As blissful as it sounds to have time to relax on the sofa, I'm not sure it can be seen as relaxing. Having a baby constantly attached to your boobs isn't always ideal especially when I'm partial to an evening snack (I find it hard to eat and feed at the same time).

Diet

I'd love to say that I eat a highly nutritional diet, but I'd be lying. Although I try my best to make sure I do eat good things, I can't say that my diet has changed at all from pre-pregnancy right through to breastfeeding. Basically, I eat what I want, when I want with the exception of too much caffeine or any alcohol. 

There are some things that have given Edith a bit of an upset tummy that I've eaten, which makes me sad especially when it's Nandos, which just means I'll have to treat myself to one after we've finished our breastfeeding journey!

Bonding

Before opting to choose to breastfeed, I wasn't sure what it would really be like. Would I hate the fact that my baby was attached to my boob? I just didn't know. But now, six months in, I just love it. It's not just about feeding Edith. It's all of the cuddles and booby looks that I know I will miss when the time comes to an end.

I know that breastfeeding can have some wonderful effects on a mum and baby. For me, I know I definitely benefit from having her close and knowing that I can soothe her just from my boob. If Edith is tired, she has boob. If she is upset, then she has boob. Breastfeeding is not just about me providing nourishment to Edith, but it also helps us to bond and comforted.

Next steps

Will I be stopping now that I've reached my initial goal of six months? Nope. I absolutely want to carry on, and my new goal is to reach 1 year (golden boobies!). However, as always, I am completely lead by Edith and what she wants, so I guess it's just about us continuing to learn what we want and just winging it. 

I want to be able to add a gold pin to my collection!

What are some of your proud mummy moments? They don't have to be breastfeeding related!

Thanks, lovelies.


A.x



This is not a sponsored post, I just love these pins!


Liquid Gold pin - Milk and Moon UK

Milk-making Mama pin - Milk Making Mamas
Silver boobies pin - Milk Making Mamas
Breastfeeding Love pin -  Milk Making Mamas

4 comments

  1. Well done, breastfeeding is amazing but it can be so tough. I’m almost at 12 months. Also I so love these pins

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    1. It definitely is tough, but so rewarding!
      Well done on almost reaching 1 year! Go boobies, go!

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  2. Well done mama! I love the pins! Fingers crossed for you that you can reach gold!

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    1. Thank you mama! I need to add to my collection!

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