Breastfeeding, Is this "Normal"?


I was a big fan of the Medela Swing Breast Pump, between supply issues, mastitis a couple of times and an allergic reaction to the antibiotics i was put on all with in the first two weeks of my first child being born it was a very emotional time. Not to mention I'd just had my first baby!. I felt very pressured by "professionals" to breastfeed who ALL had their own advice to give. You do it like this. Up more, Pull here, Do that, We suggest.....  Even the UNprofessionals in my life often had advice to share. 

It all made for a very short breastfeeding stage in our lives. For my first born Breastfeeding included lots of breast pump action from my Medela Swing. Although this post is not about the Medela Pump i do want to say that i had another branded pump and i just couldnt make it work for me no matter what i did. In desperation one morning we went and spent the few hundred i had tried to save by getting the other one and bought the Medela.  If you do end up one day using a pump and it doesnt work for you try a different brand. I had almost instant relief and ta dah milk with a very short time.

There has been lots of extensive new research done and the results were released in April at Medela‚Äôs 9th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium.  This research was done into What is "Normal" in Breastfeeding ? 

The findings confirm that in fact there is no breastfeeding norm, no specific pattern that infants will, or need to adopt and certainly no set of rules that benchmark the right way to breastfeed. The new research explains that every breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby is unique and that it will adapt and change throughout the breastfeeding period. The differences may appear extreme, but are natural and not necessarily an indication of insufficient milk supply or other problems.

Although i was fine with not breastfeeding past the first few months of my first child as i believe i had done my best, If some of this new research, support and very clever products from Medela been around i think i may have had more options, more control and certainly more information.

You can see some of the results of this research here in this PDF


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0 # sally 2014-06-11 21:31
i have a friend who would love this. my advice make sure you take some time for yourself everyday.
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0 # kate 2014-06-11 21:32
share some of the housework. take help when offered
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0 # jess 2014-06-11 21:33
i dont have any advice yet :) but i'll read these. interesting information from medela.
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+1 # Amanda Gorton 2014-06-12 23:48
When baby sleeps, you sleep. Housework can wait! Sleep deprivation can turn the most pleasant person into a raging psychopath!!!
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+1 # Six Little Hearts 2014-06-13 20:32
Oh wow - that quote about what is 'normal' is fantastic - one of the best I have come across that really describes the experience.
Having had 6 children, I can certainly state that every breastfeeding experience was entirely different. I too had all the advice in the world but only managed to truly breastfeed well on my last two children. I am still breastfeeding Celeste at 18 months and happy to continue.
My best tip: Persist with breastfeeding no matter what it takes, in the first 3 months of a baby's life. Whatever issues you may have can often magically rectify themselves overnight. (Ours always did.)
The rewards of long term breastfeeding are magnificent! I adore my time alone with my baby while she feeds and I see glimpses of her that are shared between just her and I.
You will never forget the beauty of the experience. :D
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+1 # Mica 2014-06-16 22:37
Just a new mum myself, so probably not in the best position to give advice! But we got so much helpful advice.

"Sleep when baby sleeps" is my favourite, and is said so often for a reason! Ignored it one afternoon and did the housework as baby slept - realised the poor choice when baby was up most of the night! Sleep when baby sleeps is followed a lot more closely now!
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+1 # Sheridan 2014-06-19 08:41
My advice is (no matter how old your child is!):
Pick your battles! Definitely create structure and routine if you're into that and try to get yourself and baby into a good routine but unexpected circumstances mean that the routine WILL go out of the window at some point for one reason or another. Just forget it and start again tomorrow
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+1 # Melinda 2014-06-21 08:57
I always say 'expect the unexpected' use mother instinct.
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