Thanks for hopping over from Positive About BF and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 6 The People Behind The Breastfeeder; sponsors today include ARDO Breastpumps who are giving away a Calypso Single Breastpump, Breastvest who are offering an essential breastvest duo (1x black and 1x white) in your size and Mother Loves Cookies who are providing a box of delicious lactation cookies for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
Breastfeeding is said to be 10% milk and 90% determination. A sentiment I agree with. But of that 90% determination you need to have 100% support from those around you to help make your life a little easier.
When I was pregnant my husband came to all the classes with me. Held my hand as we were shown how many people were in the room for a section and told that they could get a baby out in 7 minutes but it was so rare to perform a category one section to not worry about it. Picked up the knitted boobs in bewilderment and watched in amazement with me that NCT video where the baby is born, roots, bounces himself up his mother and self latches. You know the one they show you and you think it’s all going to be easy?
We were going to have that baby. The easy one. (We didn’t)
So after the, very rare, so rare you don’t need to worry about it, category one section where my husband was terrified of losing us both we were both a little lost when this small mewling child was presented to us.
Well I say presented, that small mewling child was latched onto me by a lovely midwife called Doris. And he proceeded to stay there for the next hour with my husband looking on bewildered and amazed at the fact we had a son.
It was my husband who stayed from the minute visiting opened (except the first day when he overslept and compensated by bringing me Costa and cake) until the minute he was turfed out. Who helped encourage me to hand express and fill syringes with that beautiful yellow colostrum. Who then allowed me chance to rest and recover while he fed the syringed colostrum to our tiny defenceless baby. Who held him close for skin to skin and who carefully placed him on me so I could also have that precious skin to skin time.
It was my husband who encouraged me to call the midwife in the hospital to help me latch the baby on.
It was my husband who carefully drove us home still supporting our decision to breastfeed.
It was my husband who helped me try to latch the baby when my milk came in.
It was my husband who held my hand as I cried and thought I couldn’t do it.
It was my husband who helped me ring the National Support line, who if I’m honest, didn’t actually help me. The sobbing wreck on the end of the phone who heaved out the words
How. Do. I. Get. The. Baby. To. Latch
It was my husband who took matters into his own hands and headed to Boots to buy me a breastpump so I could express and feed via a bottle if that was going to be easier for me.
It was my husband who walked back in to find the baby had actually latched and was congratulatory to his sobbing wife.
It’s been my husband who has been my biggest supporter. Who has always been there with a loving word. A hand squeeze. A well done.
I asked my husband why he was so supportive of me breastfeeding and he told me this
I am of the opinion that the child will end up the same regardless of breast or formula fed but I am supportive on that what you think is best for our children is what’s right for us as a family and I will support you 110% on this. And I don’t like night feeds so that’s a bonus.
(My husband doesn’t “do” hashtags)
My husband is my biggest fan and my biggest supporter. In breastfeeding. In parenting. In life. And I cannot thank him enough.
For more on the people behind the breastfeeder please hop on over Diary of an Unexpectant Mother’s post “So many people helped me to breastfeed” where you can also gain further entries into the grand prize draw. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Keeping Britain Breastfeeding website. UK residents only.