1. What made you decide to breastfeed?
It is best for the baby and it is free. I also wanted to experience the closeness to my baby that breast feeding provides.
2. What challenges have you encountered while breastfeeding?
The small size of my baby has meant that breast feeding has never been easy. I also developed ductile thrush which inhibited my milk supply until treated effectively. We have encountered colic and then experienced milk intolerance; consequently now the amount of breast milk being given has reduced.
3. How was your Health Visitor helpful?
Home visits, telephone advice and well baby clinics provides me with maternal support – allowing me to discuss my worries and concerns. Weighing the baby to assess growth gives me reassurance and has been crucial. The health visitor provided me with a different growth chart to plot the weight which was important to me, as my baby was so small they were unable to plot the weight in the red book. The health visitor liaised with my GP to ensure that I was getting the right treatment for the ductile thrush and again with both the GP and dietitian to ensure the right formula was prescribed when the milk intolerance was encountered.
4. You’re still breast feeding at 13½ weeks, how do you feel?
Really chuffed! I initially said that if I could get to a month I would be pleased. It hasn’t been easy but I have had lots of support.