Me and Ivy had a good start, she was a natural latching superstar, but it hasn’t been without issues either. Sitting at 2am with a boob like a ball and baby struggling to latch causes no end of frustration! Having a painful blocked duct in the early days and knowing the best way to clear it out is feed, feed and feed some more is great, but not being able to touch your breast because of the shock of pain isn’t.
In the later stages where feeding baby also means you become a play thing, while baby feeds on one breast your other may become a foot rest, and tiny toes might grip on to any material you have there. They begin to look around and as sure as you can be your nipple will be tugged in the direction of the distraction.
The truth is, it is a wonderful experience – when you finally find what is normal for you. It isn’t always as easy as you think and often having the support and someone to talk to about a bump on your boob, a cracked nipple or latching problems is a much needed helping hand on the way to meeting your breastfeeding expectations and goals.
Normal for us is 1am cuddles and feed even at 4 months, 15 minutes on one boob and 5 on the other and skin to skin in bed. Normal for us is me drinking, eating and chatting while she does the same, normal for us is up to 9 feeds a day and more in the heat (as we recently found out in Italy!).
Normal for us is on the go and in public:
night for example.