“I breastfed both of my children and have been amazed by how different both experiences have been. Ollie has developed a very strong emotional attachment to being breastfed - it’s probably his favourite part of the day, and it’s one of the times of day when I am reminded of the amazingly powerful connection between mother and child, that is created from the moment a baby is conceived.
My mum breastfed me, so I suppose I always just presumed I would too. I probably expected it to be more simple than it was, but then as soon as I’d got to know each of my babies’ ‘styles’ and needs, and got through the early challenges, it got a lot easier. They’re all individuals, and having breastfed two has taught me that general guidelines don’t mean much when you’re dealing with your own unique baby.
There’s a lot of controversy about the pressure that mums are put under to breastfeed, and I think it should only be done with pleasure rather than duty or guilt. If a mum chooses not to breastfeed, or can’t, then it would be a real shame if they felt judged; as a parent you can only make the right choice for you and your baby. Still, I would say to any future mum, that if breastfeeding is important to you, then trust in your body and your baby, and if it’s not plain sailing, get help until you’ve cracked it - there’s usually someone who will be able to give you the magic words of advice that you might need. It’s been an immensely fulfilling journey for me!”