Written by Andrina Wilson - Registered Midwife & Certified Holistic Sleep Consultant
For many women, the decision to breastfeed might not be a conscious one. We are lucky that in our little part of the world, breastfeeding is fairly common. We see images of breastfeeding babies in the media, doctors offices, libraries, magazines and more. These all lead many of us to make the unconscious decision to breastfeed our babies. Fantastic. There is no debate that breastmilk is fabulous for your baby and if you are able to and want to, breastfeeding is really one of the best things that you can do, not only for your baby but for your own health and your pocket.
When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I had already been a midwife for several years. I had seen first hand how amazing breastfeeding could be but equally, how difficult breastfeeding could be for some. I wanted more than anything to be able to breastfeed my babies, not only for the health benefits for us both but also for the ease.
I was realistic about the fact that breastfeeding isn’t always easy and for many, takes a lot of work and a few weeks of discomfort before things come together. I was prepared for it to be a challenge, for my boobs to hurt and my baby to lose weight, but I was also determined that I would give 110% to our breastfeeding relationship.