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Breastfeeding: The Myths vs The Magic

Disclaimer: I’m not a health professional, and I don’t hold any relevant qualifications. But I am a voracious reader and a stickler for verification, ie. reliable studies and research. I’m also an extended breastfeeder. This post is intended to be for informational purposes, and I have linked to sources where relevant.

Have you noticed how there’s a real stigma attached to breastfeeding?

I’m not talking about the minority who are so offended by the mother naturally feeding her child, they tut loudly and avert their disgusted eyes. In fact, I’m not necessarily talking about those who have any kind of problem with it at all.

Sometimes it’s the very women who are pro breastfeeding who cause and/or breed this insidious blight on society.

The stigma has sprung up between (some) breastfeeders and (some) bottle feeders. And it has left us in the ridiculous position of being unable to speak frankly about nourishing our children, for fear of causing offence to someone, somewhere, somehow.

Well, I may be British, but I’m not typically so – impersonating the ostrich is not exactly my forte. If something needs saying, I just can’t help myself. Some people who think they know me would describe me as thriving on confrontation. But they’re wrong; I loathe it as much as the next person. In fact, I can be quite an anxious person. I far prefer harmony to conflict.

But there’s one thing I despise even more than discord: bitterness.

So if I think an issue is destructive enough, I will confront it. (I may be cringing inside, but I’ll still do it.)

 

The Issues To Be Confronted

I’ve written about breastfeeding before, and at the time I thought that post would encompass everything I had to say on the matter. The specific topic I covered was the surprises I’ve encountered in relation to feeding, and top of the list by no coincidence was the fact that there’s not enough discussion about breastfeeding before the baby arrives.

I later wrote Breastfeeding and Alcohol: THE TRUTH – because the guidelines seem to be biased towards those who cannot or will not regulate their own drinking. I find that patronising. And whilst I in no way condone drinking to excess particularly for breastfeeding mothers, I’m wildly frustrated about the lack of accurate information in the public consciousness (in terms both of alcohol, and in general too). It is available if you go searching, but people tend to repeat what they’ve heard over and over again; and so the lore is reinforced and perpetuated generation to generation.  This is not helpful, and I like to be helpful.

During the past six months or so, I’ve realised I have a lot more to say about breastfeeding. I’m passionate about it, and I’ve become quite the advocate. I’d like to see all women have the best possible chance to successfully breastfeed, should they wish to do so. And to this end, there are several misconceptions I’d like to see publicly challenged and rejected.

 

My Breastfeeding Journey

BreastfeedingPersonally, I attended a workshop while I was pregnant. I was clueless and it helped me appreciate how much I had to learn. I’ve since also read lots on the subject to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the physiology.

I had a strong desire to feed my baby myself, though I knew little about what that involved – or even why, specifically, it was the best option. I simply knew it was natural, and I trust nature to manufacture optimal sustenance for our offspring. On a personal level, following a traumatic delivery which was about as far from my ideal scenario as it could have been, I was determined to at least have this.

Following our daughter’s arrival, I was fortunate enough to have fantastic support from Feeding Together; I credit them with teaching me a bit about the mechanics of breastfeeding, as well as correct latch technique. This assistance involved my breast being manhandled into Pixie’s mouth, and it was about as dignified as the process of giving birth. That may sound somewhat rough – and it was*. It was also necessary.

*For me, not Pixie – never push the baby’s head to the nipple. See here for the correct manoeuvre.

Alas, following just a few hours at home, we were back in hospital for several nights for Pixie to be fed via a nasogastric (NG) tube inserted up her nose and into her stomach. I may sound nonchalant, but trust me when I say this was ten times more harrowing than her traumatic birth (and something I intend to elaborate on soon).

It was necessary to supplement with formula at this point; I already felt like a failure.

During this time, I had access to some fantstic equipment and was expressing every two to three hours – or at least attempting to – including throughout the night. I was resolute. And as my precious Pixie grew stronger and the tube was removed, I was able to resume breastfeeding.

However, while on this ward (not the recovery ward since we’d left and returned), the nursing staff were dogmatic in trying to persuade me to try our daughter with a bottle. The main reasons were because she was still too weak to breastfeed and the staff didn’t have the time to cup feed her (and I wasn’t allowed to!). I think this is pretty poor, but probably very common. I stood my ground and stubbornly refused – and we’ve never looked back. (If you follow my blog, you’ll know I was beginning the process of weaning not so long ago. My main objective was to improve night wakings; and while I have successfully night-weaned, I’m still feeding first thing in the morning and before bed. Since this suits us, I’m in no hurry to end our breastfeeding journey, though I suspect it will come to a natural end in the not too distant future.)

After we left hospital for the second time, I had a fantastic lady from Families and Babies out to visit us at home; she was also in regular contact via text message to ensure I was happy with our progress.

It wasn’t all straightforward though – my daughter was quite little at birth, only 5lb 4oz, and what that meant was her mouth was too tiny to properly latch. The correct technique requires a large portion of the areola and breast tissue to be held in the baby’s mouth along with the nipple itself; with a very small mouth, this is very difficult to achieve and inevitably leads to problems. The pain of cracked and bleeding nipples is not to be underestimated, and I fully understand and sympathise with those who grudgingly turn to the bottle at this point (not a euphemism).

 

Steely Determination

Of all the above, there wasBreastfeeding one key reason I was a stronger candidate to successfully breastfeed than many of my peers. It wasn’t the fact that I visited the workshop; it wasn’t the ladies at Feeding Together or FAB. It was my absolute resolve that I was going to do it

It wasn’t painless, it wasn’t a perfect transition – but I persisted.

Women have many and varied a reason for choosing to bottle feed – and that’s okay. Though I personally think breast is best, I don’t judge those who make a different choice. That’s not the purpose of this post at all.

If women make an educated decision not to breastfeed, then I applaud them for being empowered to make that informed choice. If, however, they mistakenly believe they can’t; if a health professional dissuades them from continuing for a spurious reason; if they don’t believe they have enough supply to satisfy their infant – these are the inaccuracies I hope to address and the propaganda I hope to disprove.

I’ve heard many friends say that though they’d ideally like to breastfeed, they’re not going to put undue pressure on themselves. Of utmost importance – of course – is the wellbeing of both mother and baby. And so, if breastfeeding is creating a great deal of stress for either participant, I completely agree that the wiser option is to stop.

However, I also think it’s crucial that new mums appreciate this reality: breastfeeding is a skill. And just like with any other skill, to become adept at it (usually) requires coaching from a professional; support from peers; practice; and patience.

In other words, there’s a fine line between being sensible, and setting oneself up to fail through a lack of education or determination. I don’t pretend striking that balance is easy. But knowledge is power, so I’d like to dispel some myths…

 

Myth One: Poor Supply of Milk is Common

I’m always so saddened when I hear of women encouraged to end breastfeeding because of low reserves. The term ‘hungry baby’ was coined to describe just this, and it’s one I despise. An increase in feedings (cluster feeding) is simply nature’s way of increasing your supply. It’s an indication that all is well and just as it should be, not a symptom of a problem – and certainly not a sign that you’re unable to keep up with your baby’s demands and should therefore quit.

The reality is that breastmilk works on a supply and demand basis. So, as in our case, any baby who is not feeding efficiently will leave their mother with a yield too low to satisfy their needs – because they are not feeding efficiently.

Without the sound guidance I received from both Feeding Together and FAB, I’d have been in that overwhelmingly large category of women who believe they are unable to feed their babies due to an insufficient supply. Initially, my supply was too low to sustain her. I was devastated.

But critically, despite our difficulties, I was able to remedy the problem. And that is my point – I had accurate information at my disposal (and lots of encouragement and support from both breastfeeding experts and hubby) and I persevered; by around two weeks, I was confident in feeding my daughter.

Our bodies are so incredibly intuitive: they know how to adapt if only we don’t interfere.

 

 

Myth Two: Nipple Confusion

baby-105063_1280Since starting to write this piece, a friend has given birth and had some issues breastfeeding. It has made me consider what I’m writing in greater depth, for fear of inadvertently causing her (or others) distress. I’ve been reminded that it’s not only pain or concerns on the mother’s part that can be an obstacle to breastfeeding. It is – of course – a joint enterprise, and the baby needs to be a willing participant too.

My friend’s baby seems reluctant to latch on, preferring a bottle. So, do my assertions fall down when the baby lacks interest in the breast? I don’t believe so. After careful deliberation and refreshing my knowledge, I stand behind my conviction that the majority of women can breastfeed with the right education and support. The evidence stacks up.

In cases such as my friend’s, I understand how women can feel compelled to bottle feed. In fact, as I gave this due consideration, I realised I was in that precise situation myself: Pixie wound up admitted to hospital because she was too lethargic to feed and became severely dehydrated. So, what did I do differently than my friend, and countless other women in this predicament?

I didn’t offer the choice of a bottle.

Feeding from the breast requires more effort on the baby’s part; thus once a bottle has been offered as an option, it can naturally become difficult to entice a baby to breastfeed. This is often referred to as ‘nipple confusion’, and is why I refused to allow my baby a bottle in hospital and beyond. But I was wrong…

If I have another child, I will be encouraging a bottle in the evening. I never did this with Pixie for fear of her rejecting the breast, and it meant I was unable to leave her side for any length of time until she was taking some solids.

While this may sound hypocritical, having better educated myself during the past year, I now understand that tandem feeding can work fine:

So long as you have established breastfeeding with your baby, there’s no reason not to introduce a bottle, should this be something you wish to do. This article explains it well.

 

Myth Three: Babies Are Born Knowing How to Breastfeed (Or Not)

The commonly held belief that babies are born knowing how to breastfeed is simply not true! And this misconception can be a source of undue concern for the mother, resulting in the premature ending of breastfeeding. I think that’s such a shame.

So, for the record, a baby is born with an innate suck reflex – but breastfeeding is a learned skill, one which may take a little time for you to both master.

It’s also worth noting that the ‘breast crawl’ reflex is a real phenomenon, and if we don’t intervene, the baby will instinctually seek the nipple out.

Together with the rooting and sucking reflexes, the baby is primed to breastfeed; but s/he is still likely to require a little assistance to become proficient in the technique.

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Health Professionals Breast Knows Best

I’m flummoxed by the lack of breastfeeding education in some health professionals. I absolutely appreciate that doctors, nurses, and the like have trained hard and passed exams that would be far beyond my capability. They do a fantastic job, and I have nothing but respect for them – but, I hear all too often that some of these very same care providers are administering bogus information to would-be breastfeeders.

From my own experience, the agonising pain of cracked nipples resulting from a poor latch can be overcome in 24 hours; the excruciating pain of nipple-eczema (yep, it’s a [horrific] thing) can be resolved in a week. If a woman’s supply is low, it can (almost always) be fixed.

The truth of it is there are very few women who are anatomically unable to breastfeed.

The fallacy to the contrary is so deeply ingrained in society, some may find it difficult to hear or accept this information. Though I’d dearly love for things to be different, that stigma I mentioned earlier does exist, whether you breastfeed or you don’t. So though I support women’s choices, I anticipate ruffling some feathers. I know this post is provocative, despite the fact my intention is to educate and empower.

Alas, the subject of breastfeeding can be a profoundly personal one, and sometimes it’s easier to leave the status quo unchallenged.

But for those who are open to learning, you may be surprised to discover how much control you have over your choice to breastfeed – or not.

What do you think? Have you experienced poor above from health care professionals? Was your breastfeeding journey cut shorter than you’d have liked? I’d love to hear from you.

35 Comments

  1. Lisa Backsnbumps

    February 26, 2016 at 7:08 am

    My first son was bottle fed and son no 2 breastfed as is new baby. It’s a really difficult journey, I’m currently 7 weeks in and it’s tiring but I love it. we’ve had ups and downs but I’m persevering (have you seen how expensive formula is!!). I love the bond it gives us and it’s so convenient. Also I’ve been expressing so daddy can feed her since 2 weeks and this gives them a chance to bond too. #coolmumclub

    1. Kate

      February 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      I don’t know the cost of formula but I can imagine! I know breastfeeding is often a difficult journey, but also so rewarding. Good luck!

  2. Crummy Mummy

    February 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve absolutely loved breast feeding – I fed BB until she was 21 months old and after overcoming tongue tie with Little B he is now 16 months and we’re still going strong. Luckily it came very naturally for me and I didn’t mind a lot of the things people don’t like about breast feeding or find too hard. #thelist

    1. Kate

      February 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      I love it too, hence still doing morning and evening feeds! I think my daughter and I will both really miss it when that special time comes to an end. It’s great that you are able to overcome the tongue tie issue and just goes to show what perseverance can achieve. 😊

  3. Laura's Lovely Blog

    February 27, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    OMG this sounds very similar to my journey. After a very traumatic birth and complications post birth I remember having an argument with the health visitor that they were not giving my son a bottle, I insisted on cup. In the end due to illness he ended up on tube and I persevered pumping, I had to give him some bottles and formula for a while. But as you have said it was sheer steely determination, I did not have the birth I wanted, I was having this. I attended several breastfeeding clinics, I nearly quit after getting bacterial infection in the cracked nipples and then suddenly got it and we clicked into place. It is a skill and it takes determination but it can be done. Great piece honestly x

    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It’s amazing how many women report similar experiences! I’m glad so many stand their ground, but it does frustrate me that midwives are not always as supportive as they could be.

      Thanks for commenting and your kind words! X

  4. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    February 27, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    It all feels so long ago for me but I must say I was lucky and I enjoyed feeding all six of my children #KCACOLS

    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      That’s great, I hope I go on to successfully feed any more children I have too.

  5. Mrs Mum NZ

    February 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Establishing breastfeeding is hard! Very hard! I had open wounds for nipples because my son was tongue tied. But it was never picked up by a professional. Even though I asked. It was a friend who told me to go to a private tongue tie specialist and was the best choice I made. Without that appointment I would have given up. Also in the first 3 days I had about 5-6 different midwives tell me different things about breastfeeding… Very confusing! And the courses I attended whilst pregnant failed to mention any of the problems I experienced. Professionals need to give the right information to new mums and to be consistent with one another. If I wasn’t so stubborn I would have resorted to the bottle. But… 17 months and still breastfeeding! #KCACOLS

    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      I’m so glad you managed to make it work despite your problems and the lack of consistent/accurate info! We’re also 17 months and I think that’s something wonderful to be proud of. 😊

  6. Fi - Beauty Baby and Me

    February 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Thank you for posting such a decent and honest article. I struggled with breastfeeding at first but persevered and we got there in the end. I had so much drummed in to me by health professionals and that guilt I felt when I was struggling was so hard to deal with – we have too much pressure put on ourselves. Determination got me through but it took time and I hope other women are not too hard on themselves for the difficulties breastfeeding can bring xx #KCACOLS

    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Congratulations on persevering to make it work! You’re right, it IS hard, but the benefits are so worth the struggles. Thanks for commenting x

  7. Amy @ Mr and Mrs T Plus Three

    February 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I bloody love you for writing this! What you’ve managed to do is have an open and frank conversation WITHOUT being judgy which is what many BF posts are.

    I would also like to add that these terms and areas of confusion do not seem so common place in countries where BF is the social norm, or where an alternative just isn’t available.

    Obviously I couldn’t agree more with you having done extended BF with all mine, what I regret though is the times were I made excuses to make non or anti BF feel better or more comfortable. Things like ‘oh I only BF because I\m too lazy to get up in the night to make a bottle’ and so on, when we both know that is so far from the truth. BF is SO HARD (sorry for all the shouting, but it is) once established though it is the most incredible experience and one that I wouldn’t swap for anything.

    Brilliantly written #thelist #youareawesome 😉 xxx
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    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much for such a lovely, amazing comment! 😘

      I completely agree, I have done (and probably will do again) the same with making non/anti bf feel better. It’s that stigma I mentioned at the beginning, isn’t it – we are so paranoid about coming off as judgemental that we don’t allow ourselves to be openly proud of our incredible achievement! We should feel free to say it was hard, but that we stuck at it anyway and it’s been a fantastic experience that we’ve cherished. We shouldn’t be made to feel bad or judgemental for that honesty!

      Thanks again for your wonderful compliments! Mwah xxx

  8. Single Mum Speaks

    February 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I was in a similar situation to you and Laura who’s commented above. I didn’t have the birth I wanted and ended up feeling like a bit of a failure, so I was determined I would succeed at breastfeeding. 19 months on, we’re still going. I agree with everything you’ve said here. #KCACOLS
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    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Sounds as though the three of us have a lot in common! I’m pleased to hear you made bf work in spite of your difficult labour. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Katie

    February 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Excellent post. Wish I’d known about Myth 1… I might still have been feeding xx
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    1. Kate

      February 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I’m sad to hear that Katie, but you’re exactly the kind of reader I hope to reach – so that if you go on to have more, you’re armed with this info for next time.

      Thanks for your comment and wishing your family the best xx

  10. Rebecca | AAUBlog

    February 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    this is a great post. I was never really shown to be honest. But i was determined to do it so stuck at it through being sore. I think women that think they’ll just give it a try and then it hurts as they weren’t shown correctly give up. which is fair enough. I think your determination has a lot to do with it – the rest is up to baby and what they have in mind!!

    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thanks Rebecca, I agree mum’s determination is key. But yes, of course each baby is different too. Although I do think that with perseverance (so long as there are no medical reasons otherwise) there’s no reason why every baby can’t ‘get it’ with encouragement.

  11. Ellen

    March 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    This is so interesting, and important too. I was lucky that I had a lot of information prior to giving birth and a lot of support afterwards so breastfeeding has been successful for us. The low milk supply myth has made me so frustrated on many occasions when people who truly want to breastfeed feel they can’t, and it’s just not the case. Misinformation from doctors and health visitors is a nightmare sometimes too. #BloggerClubUK

    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Hi Ellen,

      I couldn’t agree more and this is actually the reason I wrote the post.

      Thanks for commenting x

  12. Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)

    March 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I bottle fed both of my children so i don’t know anything about it. Interesting read though and i’m sure this post will be useful for anyone who is or is thinking about breastfeeding. #KCACOLS

    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Hi Rachel,

      That means you’re one of the very people I was paranoid of offending. From reading your comment I don’t *think* I have, which is a great relief and I’m so pleased.

      Thanks for commenting x

  13. A Moment with Franca

    March 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    What a fantastic post!! Very honest and very informative. I agree with everything that you have said. I have 2 girls and I breastfed them both, actually I’m still breastfeeding my 2nd one (nearly 19 months) and I love it! It wasn’t easy at all! It was very painful at the beginning (in fact it was very painful with both of my girls, something that you wouldn’t thought it could happen but each baby is different, latch different and it can be a very tough journey for each baby you have). I developed cracked nipples and mastitis with my first daughter. I had to use nipple shields to help me with the pain but after persevere a lot we got it at the end. I breastfed her for 10 months. With daughter No 2, I had a difficult start too and I experienced different things too. The first day back at home was a disaster as she couldn’t feed correctly. She seemed very hungry but wasn’t getting the proper amount of milk from me. I had colostrum so my proper milk hadn’t arrived yet so she was struggling to get enough milk from me. We ended up at the A&E and they gave her formula. She was happy after that. However, I persisted with the breastfeeding and I also gave her some bottles until my milk arrived at the 3rd day. And wow!! I had then too much milk and she was shocking every time that I was feeding her. But that meant that I was able to stop the bottle. My breasts were hurting a lot because I had too much milk, so I had to take off my milk. It was always one breast that had more issues than the other one. The thing is that I was persistent and after a few weeks we managed and we haven’t looked back since then and she is still breastfeeding until today! Your post is really well written and explains very well what are the things that really happen when trying to breastfeed and how to keep going! I’m sure it will help a lot of women out there. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to have you for the first time. I hope that you like it and I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

      It’s amazing how many similar stories in hearing, thanks for sharing.

      Thanks so much Franca for your lovely comments! Really pleased you liked the post, thanks for having me! X

  14. The Pramshed

    March 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This is a great post and covers the issues that people associate with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is certainly not easy, and I really believed from attending the NCT breastfeeding class and being told by midwife if I followed all the steps in a leaflet, we would be able to master it. No. Like you, I literally hand my boob forced into our baby’s mouth, and baby shoved onto boob by midwives and a breast feeding specialist. It is by no means easy. But I am so glad that we persevered – the journey was very hard at the beginning with weight loss and formula top ups required, but here we are 7 months later still feeding. The night feeds are beginning to take their toll so I will check out your night weaning blog post. Thanks for posting and sharing. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Hi Claire,

      That’s exactly the problem – the realities are not discussed enough in advance, which then leaves many women shocked and perhaps thinking what they’re experiencing I’d outside the scope of ‘normal’.

      I hope the night weaning post helps you x

  15. Debbie

    March 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hi Kate, an excellent post. I breast fed both my two for their first year and had very little help or support when feeding my first. The first three months of feeding him was a nightmare as people professionals and family told me all sorts of rubbish (like I didn’t have enough milk!). But through sheer determination I did it (I also refused to offer him a bottle for fear that he would take the easy option and not feed from me). Years later we found he does have a myopathy which explained so much, including the inability to suckle for long.

    My daughter was a natural and was born wanting to suckle. Feeding her was a pleasure from the start. Within minutes of being born she was suckling away and it was a lovely experience.

    Ultimately breast feeding is a personal choice, but I encourage all Mums to at least give it a try and if it’s not for you then fair enough. Apart from it being better for baby, what drove me on was it’s a lot cheaper, I didn’t have to worry about sterilizing and preparing bottles and the baby weight dropped off!

    xx
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    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Debbie, and yes! That’s so true of the cost! And also the ease. And yep, the weight too x

  16. Emma

    March 3, 2016 at 10:43 am

    My little girl has been bottle fed for the majority of her life. Initially we wanted to breast feed but the fear of not giving her enough to sustain her and the pain (oh my gosh, the pain) due to not latching on properly got too much and we went on to bottle.

    If I have another one I hope to persevere with breast feeding and to seek out more support this time! Thanks for your post!

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    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thanks for commenting Emma, I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties. I hope bring armed with accurate info and having proper support will benefit you next time around, if that’s what you choose. X

  17. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    March 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This post is truly perfect. I sat here nodding along with every point you made! I too breastfed my children, I have three kids & fed them each for 12 – 14 months. I agree that the reason I was able to fed them was the determination that I was going to do it. I think the misconceptions are a real shame. Breastfeeding is the most amazing bonding experience & I’m so thankful that I did it – I feel like it’s the best thing I’ve done for all my children to date. None of them had any infections or illness besides a slight cold during breastfeeding. And the bonding is beyond words. I’m glad you put this out there – it was brave of you as I know there are a lot of critics. Well done!! And thank you for sharing with blogger club uk x
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    1. Kate

      March 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      The health implications is just one more wonderful benefit!

      Thanks Becky, I was anxious truth be told! But I’ve been thrilled at the response, I’ve had amazing comments from both breastfeeders and non-breastfeeders.

      Thank you for your lovely words x

  18. Lakeesha Weinland

    July 28, 2016 at 4:23 am

    great post!

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