Welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This time Laura from Adventures With J shares with us her story on becoming a mum and the struggles with breastfeeding.
Over to you Laura….
When I first became pregnant I found the idea of breastfeeding very uncomfortable. It wasn’t something I had really thought about before but my initial considerations were to bottle feed. However, within only a few weeks of being pregnant I was bonding with my baby. I had a strong instinct very early that my baby was a girl and I had a name for her very quickly. Breastfeeding started to feel like a great way to connect with her once she was born. Sadly, my baby’s heart stopped beating and I never had that opportunity.
Today I’m sharing a guest post interview with you from Charlie over at Our Altered Life. Charlie has interviewed her friend Lauren on her breast experience.
Over to you Charlie and Lauren …..
First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your little one?
I’m Lauren. I’m a 27 year old Primary School Teacher and this is Eva who is 7 months old. She’s my first baby.
And how has your first experience of Motherhood been so far?
It’s been great but I think that’s because I’ve got a really good baby! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my moments and there’s been some challenging times but on the whole it’s been great.
As a breastfeeding mum, this week is a special week – World Breastfeeding Week running from the 1st – 7th August. This time last year I was in the full swing of breastfeeding a 6 month old, now 12 months down the line I’m still breastfeeding baby girl, but only once a day now and I’m sure that won’t be for much longer as she’s weaning herself off.
Breast Pumps Direct have launched an innovative new program called Chance to Choose. This program allows mums to “trade-up” their insurance-provided breast pump so they can get a premium pump that works best for them at a special discounted price. In addition, their traded in pump will be re-serviced and donated to a mum in need. Many mums across the globe do not have access to a breast pump and are often left to mix formula with unsafe drinking water. This program gives mums the chance to choose breastfeeding and give their baby the health benefits that come with breastfeeding.
When I went back to work a few months ago, I looked into buying a follow-on milk for my daughter. Up until this point she was exclusively breast-fed, so I wanted the best follow-on formula for her.
My mum suggested trying out SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk because she used it for us when we were small, so that’s what I did as they always say mum’s know best!
I still breast feed my daughter in the evenings before bed, she loves the comfort, then during the day she has her follow-on milk. I find this is a great balance with her mixed weaning diet.
I have found at this 6 months + stage that babies become so active. Learning to crawl, rolling over and even trying to walk.
Therefore it’s highly essential they are getting the right nutrients from a follow-on formula like SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk. I know I want my daughter to have the best start in life and build a nutritional foundation for life.
So what are the benefits of SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk?
- It’s suitable for babies 6 months old and over and designed to complement their weaning diet and support their development and growth in these important early stages.
- It’s fortified with iron to help support normal cognitive development and contains important minerals such as Zinc and Iodine.
- Contains Vitamin D and Calcium to support normal growth and development of bone
- Contains Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids to support normal development and growth†.
- SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk contains GOS/FOS *in powder formulation only; GOS/FOS = Galactooligosaccharides/ Fructo-oligosaccharides
- It is made using an exclusive protein process, made with SMA® Nutrition’s unique protein technology.
†The beneficial effect of essential fatty acids is obtained with a daily intake of 10g of Linoleic acid and 2 g of a-linolenic acid.
Hello, welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This week we hear from Jo, over at Pickle and Poppet. Jo shares with us how she felt when she became a New Mum and how her life changed.
Over to you Jo…
When you’re pregnant you spend your time imagining what things will be like as a new mum. You spend your days reading through the growth of your developing baby. Making decisions on the birth, feeding, the nursery, names. It’s all very exciting. You prepare and you get ready for your life to change.
I had everything ready.
The nursery was done, names were chosen, birth plan completed. I’m ready! Except I really wasn’t and I found out very quickly.
I never knew a product like Nimble Babies Milk Buster existed until I was sent a bottle to try out for myself. But first here is our little bottle feeding story.
Baby girl is coming up to a year old now. I exclusively breast-fed her for 6 months. Months 7 and 8 I started pumping milk off to try to get her used to the bottle for when I went back to work when she was just over 8 months old. But the trouble I had was that I couldn’t pump any milk off. It just never worked for me so I turned to some formula just for her to have while I was at work. This worked really well for us and it still does now. I get up half an hour earlier for work so I can breast feed her before work and then she has it just before bed. It’s a routine we have been in now since October and to be honest I can’t see baby girl giving up her ‘booby’ milk soon.