1. Why did you choose boob over bottle?
I never gave it much thought, I just assumed that I would breastfeed, when I was pregnant with Xene I was in the middle of my nurse training, midwifery placement, I attended a breastfeeding workshop with my mentor and I decided that breastfeeding was what I was going to do.
2. How long did you breastfeed or are you planning to breastfeed?
I never really had a plan how long I was going to breastfeed, but with each of the children we have both mutually agrred between 14 months and 18 months, round about the time I have fallen pregnant with the next one!!
3. What is the best thing about breastfeeding?
The closeness and the lovely cuddles, it makes you sit down and have a rest, and its also a great time for reading a story with one of the other children.
4. Did you have to overcome challenges on your breastfeeding journey?
No real challenges, all of my children have taken to breastfeeding well, I have had a couple of cases of mastitis over the years and no-one warned me how much milk would come out of one little set of boobs – I could probably feed an entire nursery on the milk that flows!
5. Who supported you the most with breastfeeding?
Asa has been my support from the very beginning, and can be quite outspoken on the subject, although he has learnt to control his views over the years…
6. How did you feel when you first breastfed in public?
So long ago! I have never really had a problem with feeding in public, I am not someone that is happy to show off my body, but the mothering instinct just sort of took over and the needs of my baby to be fed far outweighed what anyone could say to me. I have had a few run ins over the years when shop assistants have advised me there is a toilet if I would like to go and feed my baby, to which my reply was usually “Would you like to go and eat your lunch in the toilet?” I am so relaxed now about feeding my baby in public, you will often find me sitting on a bench at my husband’s rugby club feeding my son, although you will never find me in a short skirt!!
7. Have you been questioned for breastfeeding?
Quite often, usually once my baby turns 6 months, it would appear that most people can accept a baby being breastfed until six months, but after that people start to question Are you STILL breastfeeding!!
8. Has breastfeeding made you feel different about your body?
I feel perfectly happy with my tiny little boobs, after having gigantic boobs throughout breastfeeding, I love my little boobs., well, I will once I stop breastfeeding Tyrus!
9. What do you wish you had known before making the decision to breastfeed your baby?
That so many people around me would not be breastfeeding, when I had Xene the post natal wards were split into breast and bottle feeding, I was in a six bedded bay ALONE !
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