Today marked the first day of World Breastfeeding Week 2018. This year’s WBW theme is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers.
But breastfeeding comes in different guises. When most of us think of it we think of nursing; a baby on a breast. But there are many journeys women face, be it expressing milk to feed through syringe, cup or bottle, or feeding with donor milk, or even combination feeding, every journey is different.
We asked the people of Babble to share their stories. Here are introductions to the journey’s of real mothers and links to the full stories. More to follow tomorrow.
Caroline’s story “Twin peaks: my experience of tandem feeding twins”:
“My twins were born at 34 weeks by emergency c-section. My husband got to hold twin A (Hal) while twin B (Conall) tried in vain to escape the consultant’s clutches and hide under my ribs. While Hal wanted out, Conall was definitely not ready to be born yet, a fact which became even clearer when he began to struggle to breathe. He was whipped off to the NNU and straight onto breathing apparatus without my even glimpsing his face. Hal followed shortly afterwards, and it would be almost 36 hours before I’d get to see either of my boys again.” read more
Kate’s story “Just The Two of Us (and the nipple shields)“:
“Before I had my baby girl I was relaxed about breastfeeding; I knew that it was cheaper and burned about 400 calories a day, but formula feeding meant the effort and bonding could be shared amongst the family. If breastfeeding worked then great, but formula feeding has its benefits too.
After I had my baby girl, I wasn’t relaxed about anything. I was exhausted, hormonal, and uptight.” read more
Zoe’s story “The Boobie Diaries“:
“As a second time mum, I thought I had it all sussed. I fed my son with no problems at all and anticipated the same would happen second time around.
I had a wonderful water birth at home, everything was just as I had wanted it to be. Until my daughter started to feed.” read more
Mayumi’s story “‘A’ Breastfeeding Story”:
“I sat for this painting within a month of my firstborn coming into my world. It remains untitled (21 months after conception) as I write…
…It is hard to label. I can’t express easily, the emotion that lead up to this picture-perfect image. The final product looks like a dreamscape. The process behind it was definitely a journey and has provided me with deep-rooted memories. No wonder I find it difficult to give it a name to this day.” read more
More will follow tomorrow 2nd August. Please stay tuned to read the stories.
Part of the Yes Bebe breast feeding series for World Breastfeeding Week 2018: <<read more>>