I have two beautiful boys. A crazy active toddler and a quiet 11 week old.

I’ve breast fed both boys, but they don’t tell you how hard breast feeding can be. With my eldest son, I only managed 2 and a half months of exclusive breast feeding until we had to start supplementing with formula. I was heartbroken but I knew it was good for my boy to at least have had some time breast feeding.

When my second son was born, I was determined to breast feed for longer. I purchased a double pump and made more lactation cookies than I can count, and took all the natural supplements to keep my milk supply up. Everything was going well until he got a cold and was so congested that he struggled to feed. We ave him pumped milk in bottles and I figured he’d be fine once he was over his cold. Then he started screaming when place on the breast. I’d try and try and end up crying.

I haven’t given up. I got some maxolon from the doctor today to help boost my supply and manger to get him to feed for 10 minutes from the breast. I just wish they’d tell you how hard the breast feeding journey can be.

Posted by chelseak, 24th June 2013

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  • Just remember you need to do what’s best for you and Bub!
    I have a formula fed baby and he is so very healthy!
    Don’t stress your body and his if it’s not necessary!


  • Just do what’s best for you and baby will be fine.


  • I feel like there is more info on how hard it is than how natural and easy it can be.


  • It can be hard … I tried with my first two and gave up third got the bottle, fourth I breast fed with some difficulty and fifth easy peasy lol


  • Totally agree! got 2 months with first, and 3 and a half with second. but at the end of the day- still did what I could, and someone said the other day- “Congratulation on providing your baby a great start with breast milk, your a good mum. and Isn’t formula amazing? and isn’t it great that dad, siblings and others can join in and be able to help? your a good mum. :)


  • I know exactly how you feel, my daughter wouldn’t latch on and I had to use nipple shields. I used to get so emotional if I spilt any. I only lasted 6 weeks as my milk supply was very low. I was so upset with myself but I tried very hard. There are a lot of things no one tells you when you have a child, good and not so good!


  • i fully understand,it’s easy to say breast is best,but they don’t tell you how difficult it can really be as well,i breast fed both my kids and there were times it was a real struggle,i had very sore nipples to the point i would cry when latched on it takes hard work and perseverance,all i can see is don’t give up best of luck


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