How hard is it to breastfeed?

My breastfeeding story starts back when I was 36 weeks pregnant when my mum and midwife both asked me (at different times I may add!) if I was going to breastfeed. I told them yes, I was going to give it a go. My midwife said oh you are such a good girl, it’s very important for baby. I got the feeling from her that she gets a lot of no’s! She left it at that. No tips on how to get the baby to latch on or what you should or shouldn’t eat, how to cope with sore nipples, nothing, zilch.
My mum on the other hand is amazing and full of so much advice. She loves babies and was an excellent stay at home mum. She breastfed all my sisters, brother and I, that’s four of us. She breastfed my younger brother until he was a year old. I don’t really remember much as I was six at the time. 
breastfeeding - c section - bottle feeding

My baby girl is now nine weeks old and mum still keeps giving me tips on what not to eat. Don’t eat onion, spicy curry or garlic she says. Oh and don’t touch turnip ( that’s swede to everyone outside Cornwall!!) that used to give your brother terrible wind! I have found with baby girl it’s cabbage that upsets her tummy through my milk. 
Anyway let’s get back on track to my first few hours and days as a breastfeeding mummy. I had an emergency c-section with baby girl so the skin to skin contact which I planned on doing had to wait until I was out of theatre and in recovery. This took longer than I wanted, and was about an hour before she was placed on my chest. My husband had held her all the time from when she was born so she wasn’t lonely. It took two midwives to help me onto my side so I could get baby girl onto my boob, while she was lying down. She was a hungry little girl and was sucking away, I honestly didn’t know whether she got any of the colostrum or not as I wasn’t sure my body was producing anything, it didn’t stop her sucking though! 
For a few days she was sucking and sucking and my milk never made a show. The poor mite was starving and I was so tempted to start bottle feeding her. I couldn’t bare to see her starve any longer. She lost weight and went from 8lb 11oz to 8lb 2oz due to me not giving her what she needed.  I ended up phoning my midwife in a panic nearly crying down the phone because I couldn’t feed my baby. But By day 5 something magic happened! I started dripping milk! It was here at last! I didn’t feel like such a failure or a bad mother.  I’m sure by having that c-section it took slightly longer for my milk to appear. Baby girl is 9 weeks old now and still loving the boob! I’ve expressed milk off for her to have in a bottle but she’s a little reluctant yet to take it, we are still persevering each day with trying her on the bottle. Got to give my little nipples a rest! 
I have to say in those first few weeks I really couldn’t think of anything worse than going down to make a bottle in the middle of the night, especially if you live in a house like ours which is a three storey townhouse so two flights of stairs down into the kitchen. All I had to do was get a boob out and bob’s your uncle! 
Now I look back at those hard first few days and wonder why did I keep going with breastfeeding. My answer – if only you could see the way my 9 week old looks up at me while she is feeding with those big blue eyes. That’s why. 
To answer my own question – How hard can breastfeeding be?
Extremely hard! Tingly boobs, sore cracked nipples. Not being able to lie on your tummy. Not being able to go bra less. Leaky boobs, and I’m sure I sweat milk! 

Did you breast or bottle feed? Do you have a feeding story to tell?



This post was first published on the Meet Other Mums website where I am a regular writer.

May Bucket List

I hope you all have had a great month. April has had pretty poor weather, so here’s wishing May is so much more warmer!
I have had a fantastic blogging month for April which you can read about next week in my April Roundup post.  My followers have increased lots, so thank you to all of you for taking the time to follow me, and read about my ramblings on!
May Bucket List

Here are my lists of statistics and things I need to do for the month of May:
Books to Read and Review:

1) Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir
2) Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
3) Geek Girl by Holly Smale
4) Finding Home by Lauren Westwood
5) Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Bernard Scudder
Increase Social Media Followers

My Current numbers from April are: 
   Twitter 2258 (+262)
    Facebook 244 (+11)
  Instagram 283 (+4)
Pinterest 241 (+3)
So I have increased followers on all areas if only by a little! Twitter is my favourite so I am on there practically each hour of the day! My Aim for next month is to work on the other areas one at a time. I think the hardest is Facebook.
Blog Statistics for April

Page Views 2259 (+670)
Unique Monthly Users 811 (+132)
Posts Published 28
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
  • As always I look forward to the challenge of increasing my blog page views. I believe in commenting lots, on other blogs bringing backlinks to yours. So I’m going to make a special effort in joining lots of blog linkies and commenting.

  • I am having a new blog header and a badge created because I’m not happy with my attempts. This is something I am very excited about! Watch this space!

  • I need to look at adding my own social media buttons instead of using that ghastly plug in which I am not keen on. 

  • Arrange another blog competition.

  • I am joining the Blog Everyday in May Challenge (BEDM) as well. I did it last year and only missed out 2 days which was really great considering I was suffering from horrendous morning sickness. Lets see how far I get this year with a 3 month old!


I hope you all have a great month and a Happy Bank Holiday!

Twinderelmo

Word of the Week – Planning 29/04/2016

Here we are again! It’s Friday! Happy Friday! I hope you all have that Friday feeling especially as it’s a bank holiday weekend! I know I’ve got the Friday feeling as it means we get 3 whole days of family time. We don’t plan on doing too much this weekend – I really need to do some housework though! My husband deserves a relaxing weekend as he’s had a tiresome week. 
On Wednesday he had to drive to Bristol for an all day meeting, which if you live in Cornwall that means a 3 hour drive there and back the same day. Plus he still had to get up at 5:20am the next day for work again. It’s hard for him with an 11 week old baby as well that wakes up for her dream feeds at 4am. So I plan on giving him a nice chilled out weekend where he can sit and watch the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. 
So now that it’s the end of another week it’s time to find one word that sums up the week I’ve had. 
This weeks word of the week is Planning
Word of the Week - Planning 29/04/2016

This week has been a big planning week for me, that’s why I’m using it as my Word of the Week. 
I have been planning lots of different blog posts. From book reviews, to a fashion post and of course a few baby posts thrown in. 
In terms of my blog for planning, this week has been my biggest week yet for being contacted by brands for reviews. I have had quite a few, so I’ve been a busy bee planning what to post where and when. I’m so excited!!! 
Another thing I’ve been planning for is to take up the blogging everyday in May challenge run by rosalilium. There is a calender on her link up which you can use for topics each day to write about, or you can use your own. I will most likely be using my own topics unless I get stuck! 
I took up blogging everyday (#BEDM) in May last year and only managed to miss two posts! This year I want to complete it! 
I’m fairly confident I can achieve this, as this month I’ve only missed a couple of days of blogging and I’m sure good planning will see me through. 
Onto a bit of personal planning. My husband and I have have also decided in 6 years time to have the holiday of a lifetime at Disneyland, Florida. It will be for his 40th and baby girls 6th birthdays. We decided to start planning how much we can save and put it in a separate little account. I know if we don’t start saving a bit each month we will get stuck when the time comes. The thing is, we are also planning on moving in those years between as well, that’s why we decided we needed a separate holiday fund pot. I love to plan ahead for things! 
I hope you have all had a good week. 
Have a great bank holiday weekend and hopefully the weather will be nice! 
The Reading Residence

A Cornish Mum

Clothes for my baby girl

Today’s post is about recent finds and what clothes for my baby girl we have been given. We have been so lucky with family and friends giving us lots of clothes for baby girl.
Isn’t funny that before I had baby girl I never used to take any notice of the children’s clothes departments in supermarkets?
I can tell you now that’s changed! I’m straight over to the sale section hunting out bargains. I didn’t realise how fast babies grow. She is 9 weeks old and for the past couple of weeks she’s been in 3-6mths. It’s because she is very long, must take after her 6ft 4 daddy! Her sleep suits are baggy in the middle but fit her perfectly length ways.
We picked up this cute little pink dress in the sale at Sainsbury’s for her. It was £12 down to £6. I love the little matching pants inside that come with them!
This little pink dress will be perfect for her great-grandmothers 100th birthday party in July.

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A visit to our new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay

We have been going to our local Caffe Nero on Boscowen Street in Truro every Saturday morning for a while now. Unlike Costa the staff are a lot more friendly and will have a chat with you no matter how long the queues are. 
But this branch of Caffe Nero is beginning to get a bit tired and is not very pram friendly – must consider this now we have baby girl! It’s hard to manoeuvre the pram between the tables without giving some poor old chap a knock spilling his coffee! 
Anyway they have opened up a new branch just a few weeks ago a couple of streets away from the old one on Lemon Quay. We have asked and they are keeping both coffee shops open. The new one is right opposite a huge Primark that is due to open in October, a perfect spot for business it seems! 

This new branch of Caffe Nero has been designed just amazingly. The decor inside has that perfect relaxing feel, and with a wide entrance door and a great layout of the tables and chairs inside it’s very pram or wheelchair friendly. 
They have an enormous book shelf on the back wall filled with all sorts of wonderful books you can read whilst have a coffee or tea -with cake of course! 
They have lots of bright sparkly hanging lights as you can tell from the photos! 

I love the idea of this long table and chairs – great for larger families or groups of people out for coffee and cake. I must mention the floor tiles they have put in, they are very pretty and give it a homely feeling. 

I just love all the different tables and chairs they have used. This one above is my favourite it’s very pretty and makes you feel quite posh sitting in it. 
I have to end the review with showing you a picture of the great big scrumptious hot chocolate I always have when I visit Caffe Nero and a toasted panatone with jam – sorry I ate that before I realised I didn’t take a photo of it! 
My only disappointment was that my husband came back to the table with the hot chocolate and it didn’t have any marshmallows on it, but I will let them off this time as they had a lovely new barista in training.
My husband had the pain au raisin and the latte with sprinkles. 

Overall I would give the new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay in Truro a 4 out of 5. I couldn’t give it a 5 out of 5 due to the missing marshmallows – sorry they mean a lot to a sleep deprived new mummy! 
It gets a 5 out of 5 for the stunning interior design though. A very chilled out relaxing space- perfect for a wet Saturday! 

Happy Saturday!



Petite Pudding

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

April Bucket List

This is going to be my first ever bucket list post. I keep a blogging planner/journal jotting down plans for posts, books I need to read and review, social media stats and site visit numbers, so I thought why not bring everything together and write a post on my aims for the coming month. 

Books to read and review
1) Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon
2) The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
3) When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Increase social media followers

My current numbers from March are: 
Twitter 1996
Facebook 233
Instagram 279
Pinterest 238
I have always used Twitter the most so lots of room for improvement on the other channels.
Blog statistics for March 

Site views 1589
Blog visitors 679
Posts published 12
Blog Domain Authority (DA) 21
My site views for March were fantastic for my little blog due to running my 1st Blogiversary giveaway. 
My aim is to run at least one competition a month to try and encourage new readers to come and visit. 
Carry on improving the layout of my blog – I have started arranging the pages at the top of my blog but need to carry on with further tabs to make it easier to navigate around the different subjects. 
To try and leave the house more! – hard with a newborn, takes forever to get ready in the mornings! 
I hope you all have a good month and the weather continues to improve! 

Twinderelmo

Cuddle Fairy