I’ve never really spoken about how I’ve fed my babies on the blog before. When Jack was born, the blog was also in its infancy and I was still beauty blogging so it never really turned into a post and since Olivia has been born, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here either. However, I wanted to talk a little about my breastfeeding journey so far with Olivia and how we are getting on.
Right now, Olivia is breastfed 95% of the time. I would say I combination feed but I only feed formula for about 5% of the time – if she is so hungry and my breasts can’t take it anymore, then I’ll give her a small amount of formula.
However this wasn’t always the case. Olivia was born on the 8th of January 2017, the day before my father sadly passed away. She struggled to latch on first of all but we seemed to have got it right later on and were allowed to go home. The next day, we of course got our sad news and everything seemed to go to pot – I’d either manage to get Olivia to latch properly and she wouldn’t get all that she needed or she just wouldn’t latch properly. She struggled to put weight on and the midwives could see she was feeding and getting milk – but she just wasn’t putting on enough weight – sometimes even losing it.
The Sunday before my Dad’s funeral, my midwife from the whole of my pregnancy sat me down for a chat – she could see I was stressed, exhausted, grieving – and said it was okay if I wanted to top up using formula. Of course, offer breast first, then expressed milk, then formula – but if that’s what I needed to do, then do it. She said that the stress of everything going on was probably affecting my milk supply and I was of course getting more stressed that Olivia wasn’t putting on enough weight. I knew that I’d be apart from Olivia for most of the day of the funeral and just knew I wouldn’t express enough milk so we stopped on the way home from the midwives appointment and got some formula.
I continued to breastfeed Olivia but gave ample top ups of formula when she was hungry. She had formula on the day of the funeral until I was with her again and then back to breast with the occasional formula after this. The next midwives appointment she had put loads of weight on and they discharged us. I started to decrease the amount of formula she was having too – and now that the stress of the funeral was over, my milk supply seemed to be almost sufficient enough for her. As I mentioned before, she still occasionally has formula if really required but my milk supply certainly seems to have sorted itself out and finally got to where it needs to be.
Its been a stressful journey breastfeeding Olivia but I’m glad I persevered, despite everything and that she is still breastfeeding now. Jack was also combination fed – again around 95% to 5%, as I caught an infection in labour with him and the antibiotics they put me on affected my milk supply. If I can breastfeed her as long as I did Jack or even longer, I’ll be very happy.
Product wise, I’ve been trialling these Organyc organic cotton breast pads. Retailing at £3.99 for 24 cotton pads, they are 100% cotton, are soft and gentle and really comfortable to wear – much more comfortable than the big name brands. They are naturally absorbent and help to soak up any potential leaks. These have been a lifesaver in the past week or so when Olivia has been feeding a lot more than normal due to a growth spurt; I’ve been leaking a lot and these have really helped to absorb rather than soak my clothing – I’m very impressed.
I would definitely recommend these over the other brands – not only are they affordable and great quality but they’re also organic, 100% cotton and completely comfortable. What’s not to love?