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Reflecting on Breastfeeding 10 months on - Blogmas Day 1


So here we are 10 months on and I can't quite believe I'm still breastfeeding to be honest. After struggling so much with feeding Lily I didn't really have many high hopes with successfully feeding Archer either. I knew I wanted to give it a try but had no time scale in mind. If it went well then great, but if I only managed a few days before swapping to formula well that was fine too.

In the end I think it was the complete lack of pressure that made it work for us this time around


That's not to say I didn't struggle. I had horrible mastitis in the first week of Archers life and it really ruined those first few days for me. But unlike with Lily Archer luckily didn't have any latching problems and so I was happy to continue breastfeeding once the mastitis had cleared up.

Looking back now I'm so glad I did continue because it's given us the most incredible bond. Yes he may still wake up to feed in the night (unlike Lily who slept through from 9 weeks) and yes he may be a lot more 'clingy' to me than my little miss independent ever was but I like that. I actually like it. He's not going to be this little again and as soon as he's walking he'll be running off all over the place, chasing his big sister and I'll miss how much he always wants to be held. All the times he crawls over to me and plonks himself in my lap to feed and all the times we curl up in bed together. All the times I pass him on to someone else to hold and he immediately squirms and tries to get back to me. I'll miss being his number one. I mean I hope I'll still be his number one, even after we're done with breastfeeding, but he needs me now in a way that he wont in the future and I'm trying to live in the here and now and treasure that even in the most difficult cluster feeding sleep deprived of times.

I feel like it's important for me to mention with a post like this that there's alot of formula bashers out there and I'm definately not one of them. Having formula fed Lily I wouldn't go back and change a thing - it was what worked for us and I remember having not a single regret when I switched to formula which is was exactly how I knew it was the right decision. People ask me how long I'm planning on breastfeeding Arch for and the honest answer is I just don't know. At first it was 6 months and then when we passed the six month mark I decided on a year. & now that he's coming up to 1 years old I can't see him wanting to stop any time soon. Although I dont think we'll go past 18 months as I would like my boobs back at some point haha. We'll just have to see. No matter happens in the future though, I'm incredibly proud of my little boy and incredibly proud of our breastfeeding journey. I'm so glad we persevered. 

  
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