Friday, 11 August 2017

My Breastfeeding Experience

August is Breastfeeding awareness month and I thought I would share with you my experiences of Breastfeeding... The good bits, the bad bits and the ugly bits! 

As you know, I had Mylo back in May and Millie is now 4 years old. I knew that when I fell pregnant with Mylo, I wanted to breastfeed. With Millie, it was the complete opposite. I didn’t feel like I wanted to even try - I wanted the ease of being able to go out if I still wanted to and not be overwhelmed with constantly feeding a newborn baby. I did actually feed Millie once as we had our first bit of skin to skin but I couldn’t get on with it after that as I was so sore from my emergency section and so tired, I didn’t have the patience. The midwives tried to get her to latch but it wasn’t working - I was becoming more and more frustrated and so was she, so she had her first bottle in the hospital and took to it fine - she was bottle fed ever since starting on Aptamil and then having to move to Aptamil comfort as she suffered with trapped wind and would bring a lot of her bottle up. 

I didn’t ever feel that I had failed as I knew that I wanted to bottle feed her anyway but I think it’s important to say that whether you have breast or bottle fed, no-one else will know. It’s not like you can point out these people in the street, it doesn’t make a difference in the long run so why beat yourself up about it at the time?! Luckily, I was never pressured to breastfeed, obviously the midwives promote it as it is seen to be better for both Mum and Baby for bonding but both times, it was completely my choice and the midwives supported it completely. 

When I had Mylo, I wanted to try and breastfeed for as long as possible and if not, at least try and combination feed. When I came out of theatre, Mylo happily latched straight on and fed for a good half an hour, after that, it kind of went downhill. I struggled to get him to latch but he was quite clearly hungry, and he took a liking to one boob over the other meaning that I was starting to get sore on that one. The midwives helped lots trying to encourage him feeding on the opposite boob every other feed and they even came and hand expressed for me to get the colostrum out to syringe feed him. During the night, I remember getting a bit teary and worked up because I was becoming sore and could see that Mylo was clearly hungry so I buzzed for a Midwife and asked if it was ok to give him a bottle... she told me that it was completely my choice and if thats what I wanted then go for it! So, I did. I gave him a bottle and didn’t feel bad about it at all. He drank it so fast and secretly I was relieved. From that point on until a little over a week later, I combination fed him. I mainly breastfed first thing in the morning, in the afternoon and last thing at night with bottles in between and it meant that I got some rest and Adam also got chance to bond with him. There was no problem with this whatsoever. Until my milk came in. 

My milk took a little longer to come in and didn't officially appear until Day 6 so I was simply just giving him whatever I could and essentially, topping up with formula. The day my milk came in, it all changed. I was in so much pain, literally toe-curling pain, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was feeding Mylo around 10am and sat crying because I was in so much pain. He was feeding fine but the pain was simply unbearable. I had to give up. I just couldn’t put myself through it when I knew that he had taken to bottle feeding fine and it meant that I wouldn’t cry every time I fed him. I felt kind of sad that I couldn’t do it - not because of the ‘hype’ surrounding breastfeeding, but because of the bond we had whenever I fed him. It’s an unreal feeling and I’m glad that I got to experience it, however, this was something that also made me want to stop...

Adam admitted around a week into being back at home that he was struggling with bonding. He hadn’t felt that overwhelming rush of love yet. He hadn’t bonded because he hadn’t had time to! Because I was focusing on feeding him either breast or bottle, Adam had missed out on the chance to feed him and bond with him. Those hours where you simply just look at them quietly and let the love sink in had been stolen from him because I did all the feeds. I hated this and reassured him that it would come... a few days after, that feeling subsided and everything just felt right. I had made a decision that wasn’t just best for me, but also for my baby and my partner. 

Breastfeeding is such a controversial topic, not amongst Mums but amongst everyone else. Whether it’s people judging others when they do it in public, health professionals pushing it onto new Mums or friends that have had such success giving false hope to Mums. Hopefully, hearing 2 different stories of my breastfeeding journey will give an insight to what it can be like to breastfeed if you’re thinking about doing it yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support it for those who can do it but I honestly don’t feel that it matters - if formula wasn’t as good as breastmilk then it wouldn’t have been made and we wouldn’t be feeding it to our children. A few things that I couldn’t have done without whilst I was breastfeeding though were the Lanolin nipple cream - this stuff was a lifesaver when my nipples started to crack and also a well-supported nursing bra. The one I used was from Bravado - it was so comfortable and I actually still wear it now. It was fully supportive especially when I was sore and aching once I had stopped feeding and had removable pads too! What I did was took the pads out and replaced with nipple pads to soak up any leakages! 

But, when it comes to breastfeeding - it’s not Breast is Best, it’s FED is best. Do what’s right for you, not for everyone else! 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Holiday Moments of 2017

I can’t believe that we’re in August already and the weather seems to have taken a step back! We had such glorious sunshine at the start of the summer and now, all we’re getting is rain! I’m glad we have already had the best of it and made use of it whilst it was here!

We went on holiday earlier on this year due to having Mylo and of course, being on maternity meant we got to miss the school rush and the increase of prices! Even though it was only a week down in Cornwall, it was a week away for us all to spend some quality time together! We have returned to the same place in Cornwall for 3 years now and plan to return next year too but I thought I’d share with you some of the memories we made whilst we were away! 

We may be taking another little trip later in the year if we’re able to so it might not be our last holiday of the year however, I’m not sure we’ll get the weather we did when we were in Cornwall as it was beautiful the entire time we were there! 

It’s lovely being able to make memories and capture them - both Me and Adam love taking our camera out with us wherever we go, especially when we’re somewhere as beautiful as Cornwall and Truprint have made that easier for you to do too where you can turn them into a canvas or phonebook! If you sign up to their email subscription you also get an additional 15% off your order! We’d be lost without our pictures, we take so many and look back on them year after year, I think we definitely need to take advantage of getting them printed rather than just keeping digital copies - it makes it a lot more sentimental I think to have them to hand.

What are your favourite holiday moments? 
(In collaboration with Truprint)

Friday, 4 August 2017

Primark False Eyelashes

I first wrote about these lashes years ago back in 2013 - the pictures were terrible and they looked a little different but you can take a look at it here but, I’ve been using these trusty £1.00 lashes since then and continue to do so now but as you probably know, Primark have recently upped their game in the beauty department and they now have quite a range of lashes and I’ve got to give them credit, they’re fab! 

Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re no wispy mink, natural hair kinda lashes, you’ve got to remember they’re from Primark and they’re only £1.00 - but they’re brilliant. They blend easily to your natural lashes, the strip isn’t stiff and is easily mouldable and they even come off well so you can re-wear them! Simply remove the glue from the strip and voila! I’ve used a pair of mine at least 3 times and they’ve remained perfectly intact. I don’t use the glue that comes with them though, it’s the kind that’s a blue toned white and doesn’t dry completely clear so instead, I use the strip lash glue from KISS which is amazing! It takes around 30 seconds to get tacky and the lashes go on and stay on all day/night. 

The 2 types that I wear most are the ‘Full Look’ and ‘Sultry’ ones as I find that these are the most natural. They have a few other sorts which are a lot heavier or not as long so make sure you go and take a look at the complete range! 

 If you’re looking for some lashes to stock up on or simply want to try out a few new ones then I definitely recommend getting these! I tend to buy 5 or 6 pairs each time I go into Primark and have built up quite a collection as you can imagine. I just need to get some more glue to make sure that I’m fully prepared whenever I come to apply a pair! 

I’d love to know if you’ve tried them before - A lot of people are quite sceptical about Primark Beauty items but I genuinely couldn’t rave about these any more than I already do! 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Family Photography

Just before I was due to have Mylo, I looked into getting a family photographer to capture his first days and our first moments as a family of 4 but, in reality, it was a tough decision to make with most of the family photographers costing over £100 for a session with just one photo to take away!

 Both Me and Adam are quite savvy with our photography skills but the problem is, it’s difficult to take photos of us all together when one of us has to be the one actually taking the picture! I’m not sure if there are any other people or services out there that specialise in group portrait photography but one way to find out is to use a super quick website called Bidvine. You can search for any profession including Makeup artists, wedding photographers and even pet sitters (we’ll definitely be on the look out for one of those soon!) So I think if we ever decide to have some professional pictures done, we’ll search for the right person on there! 

For the time being though, like I said, we are both quite nifty with our cameras and like to play around with images, especially of the kids and pets, and I’m quite proud of the ones we have taken recently. It’s not only nice for us to take special photos but also share them with family as we have a lot of family split across the midlands and even down in Cornwall so uploading these to Facebook means that everyone else can see them too! 

I’d love to get some little props for picture sessions and make them a bit more exciting - most of them are taken spontaneously so a massive photo session would be amazing, however, they do say not to work with children or animals, don’t they?! 
 (In collaboration with BidVine)