Before having Luna, I made the decision to breastfeed. It’s an incredibly personal decision and I am very much in favour of doing whatever works for you as a mum. The pressure we feel to breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed can be extremely overwhelming and you need to do whatever you think is right, regardless of what the healthcare professionals say. I have lots of friends who went straight to the bottle and their babies are strong, happy and healthy. My decision was to give it a go, with no timeline on when I would finish. In fact, I knew there was a chance that she wouldn’t latch on properly, or there might be some other reason for not being able to breastfeed. I want to say now, please don’t feel anything other than a hero when you have a baby…if breastfeeding doesn’t work, well it doesn’t work…you’ve brought a baby into this world, you are amazing regardless!
For me the first few days went ok, until my nipples became so sore and chaffed that I would dread Luna latching on and suckling. They would bleed, ooze puss and combined with the extreme tiredness, I would spend the majority of feeds crying because of the pain. What no one told me was the importance of nipple care! It was only after day five that I was introduced to Lanosil, the absolute wonder ointment for your nipples. It is absolutely key that you start off applying this from the get go…yeah I know you’ve got a hundred and one other things to think of, but seriously you need to make this a priority!
I would recommend Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, I tried a couple of other brands, and even went down the Vaseline route, but this one really did the job and helped build up some protection against the soreness I experienced.
Start applying it straight after the first feed and then every time you’ve got a spare second make sure you’re applying at. After another couple of weeks of toe curling agony we got into our flow and I definitely partly put it down to using this little gem. Some women don’t go through any of this but there are a lot of us out there who really suffer.
I don’t think its important to say how long I breastfed for, it’s only just a number and to be honest, I think I’ll burst if someone else says to me “oh you only managed…” However long you do it for, you rock and don’t you forget it.