As a first time mummy I had a lot of people offering advice and telling me what I should and shouldn’t do and breast feeding came up a lot! Everyone said you need to breast feed its not fair if you don’t etc, so after my beautiful healthy boy was born I began my journey being a mummy, I loved my little boy so much but had a lot of trouble getting him to attach to the breast so I stayed in hospital for a whole week when I got home I was stressed and my little one still wouldnt attach for me ;( so I went to the chemist to get formula (I live in a small town with not many shops) when we got to the chemist the lady told me he will feed when he is hungrey enough and made it sound like I was a bad mum if I purchased the formula so I went home after 10 my boy finally got on but was attached wrong but I left him on as I really wanted him to feed he fed for over an hour and when he hoped off my boob was so sore he next day I had signs of mastitis and from there I had lots of hospital visits doctor visits and on lots of medication, it took three months of high temps sore boobs and ultrasounds, medications, hotshowers etc to get me through and I feel as though I missed out on my babies first 3 months of life as I was so depressed and sore my advice is do what you want with your own child and don’t let negative comments stop you if you feel your doing the right thing for you and your bub ;)

Posted by keelyjoy, 10th April 2013

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  • I don’t know if it is because you live in such a small community but I think you have been wrongly supported. Are you aware that if the mother is stressed you will produce less milk so in fact the mothers health comes first. My first wouldn’t take my breast so bottles fed from day 2. My second ( son ) was too hungry did it for a month ( with topups ) and then fully bottled fed. In fact on the first day , the nurses encouraged me to bottle feed if it was too much and the baby refused anyway . Of course breastfed is better we all know that , but it is your baby and you have the right to discover it and if not suited then bottlefeeding should be an option ( but it is dearer and had Govt baby assist. ) . I hope your hub supported you more as I would be very upset if others judged you first as if motherhood is that easy .Yes Do your own thing and if you are not sure ask the professionals such as doctors, childhood nurse etc.


  • Ouch! I’ve experienced mastitis, not nice at all, very nasty indeed.


  • I think their is so much pressure to breastfeed.
    I feel like my mother in law expects this. Thanks so much for the advise.


  • good on you for keeping your chin up


  • Just ignore negative comments out there, do what you think right for your child.


  • The good old baby blues. where your so impressed by the size of your boobs but wish they didnt hurt so much.


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