Motherhood is full of challenges, one of which is deciding between breastfeeding and bottle feeding formula milk to your baby. During my pregnancy, there wasn’t even a question in my mind that I wanted to exclusively breastfeed James for the first 6 months of his life. Of course, I’ve never discarded using formula, and I even bought the whole bottle feeding gear in preparation, just in case. But in reality, James has been breastfed and formula fed ever since the first day of his life, and I’m ok with this.
On the video above I talk about my breastfeeding experience and my decision to continue to combine-feed James. I share my thoughts on the pressure (#bressure) that women get to breastfeed their babies and I talk about the struggles with pain during breastfeeding due to mastitis, thrush and a poor latch caused by a tongue tie. It’s safe to say my breastfeeding journey has not been the smoothest, but I’m persevering with it for the time being, and I will continue to do so until I can’t anymore.
I hope this video is useful to some of you mums out there, and I look forward to hearing all about your breastfeeding experiences. If you want to hear about other mums’ breastfeeding and bottle feeding journeys, head over to Channel Mum YouTube Channel – I found it incredibly helpful and reassuring to see that other women have gone though the same struggles I’m going through right now.