Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A tale of two breasts

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Pretty much sums up breastfeeding for me.

I had two very different experiences when it came to breastfeeding my two babies.  I wish I had the knowledge and laid back attitude with my first that I had with my second.

This week is National Breastfeeding Week and I can sympathise with all mums around the globe, whatever feeding method they chose for their baby. A happy mummy is a happy baby and that should always come first!

With Belle I did 7 days of exclusive breastfeeding and ran into a lot of problems so ended up mix feeding (bottle, breast and expressing, until at 3 months my milk supply went down and she was then exclusively formula fed).  With boo however I exclusively breastfed and I am still breastfeeding him at 9 months.

There is no denying the benefits of breastfeeding and it is sad to see Breastfeeding figures falling for new mothers 'attempting to breastfeed their newborns' in England.  For example I was amazed when myself, hubby and Belle all came down with a vicious sickness bug when Boo was only 2 months old.  He managed to escape it as I was able to feed him (in-between running for the sick bowl!).

I think there is a lot of negativity surrounding breastfeeding.  There is talk of being in the 'breastfeeding camp' or the 'formula feeding camp' and it is not necessary or necessarily true either.  I felt terrible guilt when I didn't exclusively breastfeed Belle but it was guilt from myself not from any outside party.  I also feel terribly proud that I was able to pull through the very hard times this time around and so I do 'promote' breastfeeding to friends as it has been such an amazing experience. But I also understand and support those who do not as I have been there too.

Belle and I have a bigger bond then I could have every imagined and I feel the same with Boo too.

So my advice would be to Breastfeed your little one but also relax and don't beat yourself up if you have problems and you know you tried your best!  Also I found my local La Leche League simply fantastic. They were so helpful, supportive and yet not pushy.

Milk Coma Babies coming up...



Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Gallery: Green

This weeks prompt for The Photo Gallery is Green.

I have gone with the obvious choice here simply because I love our garden and now that the sun is shining we can enjoy it to its full potential.

Secret Garden Forest area...

The fields that surround our house have now turned green as crops begin to grow.  We love going for walks down our lane...

Just down the road from us is the fantastic Burghley House which we love popping along to after school for a quick picnic and walk.

I hope you are all enjoying a little bit of sunshine now that it is officially summer.

If you want to see other entries into The Gallery this week pop along to Sticky Fingers here

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Two Little People

Two little people.

Ouch my heart!

Two little people who have managed to fill my life with a love beyond words.

Lives changed forever.

Two whirlwinds of boundless energy.

SO much energy!

Excitement and wonder at everything new put in their way.

My Daughter

My Son

Love beyond Love.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Happy Father's Day

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for being...a climbing frame, a hand to hold, a chef, a chauffeur, a play buddy, a teacher, a pillow, a doctor, a DIY expert, a den builder, a story teller, a boo boo kisser, our biggest fan and the man we look up to!

Love Belle and Spike xxxxxxxx

3 Generations of great men...

...4 including Spike there in Grandpa's arms