“Pippa is my 2nd daughter and was born in June 2015.
Embarking on a long IVF journey with both of my girls reinforced my desire to feed them ‘liquid gold’.
Our first daughter Eden, was born 5 weeks prematurely after I was diagnosed with an Incompetent Cervix at 23 weeks and bed ridden for the remainder of my pregnancy. Breast feeding didn’t come easily as she was born before her sucking reflex was developed. I expressed around the clock for 3 months until she finally learnt how to latch. It took hours of practice and perseverance and it was a long tiresome journey, filled with a lot of emotion and self doubt. I can remember the day clearly that I didn’t need a nipple shield anymore or to try 3 or 4 different positions whilst she would be screaming with hunger and frustration. It was so incredibly stressful for a first time Mum. She just ‘got it’ one day, it was magical. I worked closely with a Breast Feeding Consultant who was incredibly supportive and gave me much needed encouragement when I was on the brink of caving. Having a premature baby is fraught with problems and not least of all milk supply issues. Some days up, some days down. I tried everything under the sun to help boost my supply from natural remedies to western medications. It was a difficult road but we got there and I fed Eden until she self weened at 1 and a half.
Pippa was thankfully born full term and a healthy 9Ib baby. Within 2 minutes of being born she was sucking. I cried with excitement as this was completely amazing compared to my first experience with Eden. She didn’t have latching or lack of strength issues but having a big baby, meant a hungry baby and keeping up my supply has definitely filled me with anxiety at times. We continue on and I’m happy I’ve been persistent through those days when I wonder whether she’s ‘getting enough’?”