Why did I choose to breastfeed? I’m not sure I ever did really “choose” to breastfeed, I think it just happened. I know before I had Ben I didn’t really think I would breastfeed, I just didn’t really like the idea of it. It seems silly but I suppose it was a lack of knowledge, understanding, experience etc etc. I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby so didn’t really have anyone to learn from and talk to.
|Feeding a very tiny Amy|
What I did ‘know’ was that breastfeeding was supposed to be hard work and I was worried about getting stressed out if I failed. I was determined to have a relaxed attitude about it, to try my best and see what happened. I never thought I would successfully breastfeed three babies to at least 8 months, and not only that but to really enjoy it too.
Of course at my antenatal classes we were lectured on the benefits of breastfeeding – weight loss for Mum, it’s free, it’s always ready, breastfed babies are less likely to be obese, breast milk passes some of Mum’s immunity through to baby and so and an so forth (for a more comprehensive list have a look at the NHS website) so I suppose that will have influenced my decision.
I think over the course of my pregnancy with Ben I just came to the realisation that the least I could do was give it a good go. And I did. When it came to feeding Chloe and Amy there wasn’t any question as to how I would feed them. Dave was always keen I should breastfeed too and, though he would never have pressured me if I didn’t want to, he did everything he could to support me when it was hard.
I have never once regretted my decision to breastfeed my babies – yes it can be hard work at times but over all it has been an incredibly precious experience. I’m proud to feed them myself and proud to be able to say that I know I’ve inspired at least one friend to do the same.