Breastfeeding is always a controversioal topic to discuss. So right from the start I want to to have my mantra in your mind reading this:
Every mother feeds their baby in a way which is best for their baby
I am a breastfeeding mum. From the moment my first child was born I didn’t have any preconceptions about feeding my baby. All of my effort was on ensuring she was happy and healthy, whatever that meant for her. Through sheer grit and perseverance I managed to crack those first 2 weeks of breastfeeding (plus a shed load of support from my husband).
I am talking through gritted teeth, toe curling every 2 hours type of grit. For those reading this who are planning to breastfeed, then know this: Once you get through the first 2 weeks of breastfeeding you will be amazed at how the pain gets easier. It may come back on occasions, if they are teething or cluster feeding, but the first 2 weeks of initial feeding in my opinion is the worst pain. I would take labour over going back to those two weeks any day.
When at 2 years and 5 months of age we stopped breastfeeding, it was just natural. It felt right. I had stopped solely breastfeeding Flo at 6 months, but due to dairy allergies I never gave her any alternative cow milk. She would have (and continues to have) almond, soya or coconut milk as an alternative during the day and from 18months I fed her once at bedtime until we stopped. After stopping breastfeeding, you still produce milk for a short while. For me, I fell pregnant only a month after stopping. So my poor boobs haven’t had a break. I am now going strong with my second baby at 18 months, and she doesn’t show signs of wanting to stop just yet.
I do not say that I am an extended breastfeeder, because in my opinion you breastfeed for a term which is best for the baby. Some that is until they need more (alternative milk/ food/keep waking for more). For some is when they just stop asking for it. To say that it is extended gives breastfeeding a set term. NHS guidance says to feed for 6 months the World health organisation states 2 years and beyond. It always comes with an opinion. You are doing what’s best for your baby, but if you do decide to breastfeed then which nursing bra should you chose?
The list of requirements:
Supports change in size
After 5 years, I have found a beautiful nursing bra, which I can wear whether I am breastfeeding through the day or not.
You can find my current nursing bra choice here
It has all of my requirements PLUS:
It has an incredibly flexible GelWire
It is approved by lactation consultants
It is seamless and is made of breathable microfibre
It comes in 4 sizes: S, M, L, XL.
I wear the Medium and I am a 32 E. During pregnancy and the fourth trimester I am significantly bigger. However the stretchy material will transition through changes in size and shape.
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