Tonight, on the eve of his first birthday, I fed William for the last time. I consider breastfeeding to be one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I will always advocate it, there is so much to advocate for. But what most people don't know is that beyond the usual benefits you hear about, our journey goes beyond that, it's part of the reason he is even here at all. When William was two weeks old he developed an e.coli infection and group B strep, this led to sepsis. We went from knowing that nothing was wrong to watching our baby cling on to life. We were waiting for the air ambulance and the specialist team who were arriving with it had said I wasn't allowed to feed him until they had assessed him. His heart rate was over 220bpm, his breathing and temperature were through the roof. I had reached the point where I just wanted them to stop and leave him alone, I wanted to hold him, I thought I was watching my baby die and I wanted him to do so in the arms of his mother. But then the specialist team arrived and the midwives convinced them to let me feed him. As I fed William I watched on the monitors as his heart rate, breathing and temperature all started to come down and stabilise. He had needed what nature had designed him to need, he needed to be fed by his mum. I am under no illusions that breastfeeding alone saved him, modern medicine did that. But medicine needed a little help from nature to bring him back enough for the antibiotics to do their work. What happened that night as I fed him is nothing short of a miracle in my eyes and will stay with me forever. So tonight I said goodbye to a huge and positive part of our lives, as I sat feeding William with a smile on my face and tears on my cheeks. #lastfeed#untilnexttime#honestpost#proud#breastmilkrocks#breastfeeding#breastfeedbaby#breastfeedingsupport#breastfeedingbaby#breastfeedingmum#breastfeedingislove#breastfeedingjourney#normalizebreastfeeding#normalisebreastfeeding#keeponboobin#breastfeedinglife#breastfeedingmamas#breastfeedingselfie
Jeder Tropfen zählt! Wir Mamas sind stark - egal ob Pulver oder Brustmilch! Aber lasst uns nicht vergessen wozu unsere Körper im Stande sind! Das ist der Wahnsinn 😊
Wer sich an stillenden Müttern stört ist in meinen Augen nicht mehr normal. Sich über Nahrungsaufnahme eines darauf angewiesenen SÄUGlings aufzuregen zeugt von Dummheit.😫
Man sollte nicht vergessen wozu die Möppis gedacht und gemacht sind!
As Kanye West said "sometimes I get emotional over fonts". Love a good font, actually quite like Kanye West too. I went to see Watch The Throne at the O2 and it is legit one of the best gigs I've ever been to. Anyway, I'm rambling. Mother pins are still available in the shop as well as these beaut pins from @mutha.hood and @milkmakingmama 💜💛💚💙
Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it. 🤱🏼
Superheroes w/ superpowers - the kind of powers that nourish generations, boosts immune systems, and provides protection against infections and diseases🖤. #issamommymovement#Repost @thrifty_treasures_by_adri
“I make milk. What’s your superpower?” -
7 months and counting (1 year goal) And I absolutely LOVE it.
Both of these pins are discounted in the shop as a little January treat (because January is one long month!). Just look at how lovely these two pins look together 😍 Gotta love that white enamel & rose gold goodness 🌟 Hope everyone is having a great week 🖤
Get my golden boobies Thursday! 🤱🏼🧡 -
If someone asked me if I was going to breastfeed a few years ago & before I got pregnant I would have said no. Straight up. No.... But then I got pregnant.🤰🏼 The more pregnant I got, the more I thought about it & thought ‘I’ll try’ and try I damn did. 💪🏻 I’m so proud of myself because breastfeeding isn’t as easy as people think. It’s a lot of patience, determination and commitment but with tongue/lip ties, reflux/allergies, colicky babies, cluster feeds, poor latch, poor weight gain and medical professions shoving formula in your face rather than support, it’s even harder. I’ve developed a huge passion for breastfeeding and I’m happy to say I’m a now breastfeeding peer supporter ✌🏻☺️ Hopefully I’ll be able to help so many mummies along their breastfeeding journey because love and support makes breastfeeding work! 😘🤱🏼💖
Today’s bittersweet... Today my daughter is on her last bottle of breast milk.. I’m going to miss her excitement every time I fill up her bottle with my milk. She’ll run over to me when it’s full of water and demand I empty it and fill it with my milk. It just melts my ❤️... Our breastfeeding journey ended because we want to expand our little 👨👩👧. Today, I got some blood work done to make sure everything is 👌. Hopefully God will bless us with another 👶 soon!
I have loved this photo so much ever since it was taken and I’ve been so undecided whether to post it or not. All because I’m feeding my baby! How silly! If it was a bottle I would have posted it back in November!
I love how happy my beautiful niece Ethel and I look! Scarlett is obviously happy the little piglet. 🐷
So it’s made me think... I have loved breastfeeding my girly and it’s created such an amazing bond between us... plus it means I get extra cuddles. I can honestly say I was nervous about ALL things breastfeeding when I was given my booklet at my midwife appointment, but it’s been a breeze (lucky!) I’ve not received any negativity and have even felt empowered enough to feed Scarlett on a bench in the middle of a street in nottingham! Something I never thought I would do! I would recommend any mother to at least try although I know unfortunately some mums can’t breastfeed or it isn’t for them, but for anyone undecided ... Do it! #ig_motherhood#breastfeeding#normalisebreastfeeding#breastfeedingisnormal#bfeeding#breast#baby#breastisbest#mama#ig_captures#ig_kids#ig_baby#motherhood#babyfeeding#newborn#babygirl
Long post beware ❤️ December was extremely rough for me and my breastfeeding journey. My extremely long work days caused my milk supply to be non existent all month. I produced only 6 ounces while pumping during the ENTIRE month...yet flashback to September and October, I was producing 15-30 ounces a day!! Stress is always a huge factor for any mom’s supply to suffer. I was getting nervous that my nursing journey ended because of work and that made me pissed off! I am still on a mission to nurse my babygirl until she is a year old, so now that stress is officially gone, I started taking my @legendairymilk vitamins yesterday and the results gave me a confidence boost because I produced 7 ounces in one pump session. I am not a perfect mom with the perfect nursing journey. I do struggle with it, but I’m going to be patient and slowly build my supply back up so I can nurse Braelyn more frequently because I sure as hell am not giving up! #NursingMama#FullTimeWorkingMama#breastfeeding#BraelynEevie#Bondingwithbaby#breastfeedingisnormal#NotGivingUp
~The Art of Breastfeeding; Colostrum Magic~
💚 Towards the ending of pregnancy and right after birth the body produces a special kind of breastmilk called Colostrum which contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease.
💚 Colostrum works as a natural and 100% safe VACCINE.
The concentration of immune factors is much higher in colostrum than in mature milk.
💚 Breastmilk contains large quantities of an antibody called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) which protect the baby in the places most likely to come under attack from germs, namely the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines/GI tract.
💚 Colostrum has a laxative effect on the baby, so stool is easily passed, aiding in the excretion of excess bilirubin and helps prevent jaundice (the build up of broken down red blood cells)
💚 As long as your baby receives YOUR MILK, he/she will receive immunological protection against many different viruses and bacteria.
💚 Breastfeeding allows for more bonding with baby as oxytocin flows strengthening the connection between mom and baby
💚 The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly.
This is why I breastfed my babies for three years, tandem nursed for a year and now only breastfeeding my youngest one. 🙏🏽💚 _
Today is the last day to order a pin and then I will be closing the shop until the new year. I'll be doing my last post office trip at 3pm so get your order in before then 🌍 Thank you all for your support this year, I've only been selling my little creations for 7 months but I've been overwhelmed by the response. ALL THE FEELS ❤❤❤❤
How beautiful is this! 💕💕👏 #Repost @blissful.herbs ・・・
What do you see? I see normal, healthy womanhood and a nurtured, secure, contented child. But apparently, in this pornsick culture of internalised misogyny, that's not how everyone sees it. .
Repost @gypsynspice ・・・
I almost deleted my Instagram. A photo of me feeding Lilly was shared on @thebump and out of the 300+ comments, 200 of them were horrifying. I became the public whipping post to many degrading, humiliating and inhuman comments.
It turned into a platform for online bullying.
If you are not familiar with @thebump its a wide uplifting community with a wealth of information for predominately, a huge community of mothers.
As I read the comments, I felt sick, shocked and embarrassed; snot running down my face, I found myself thinking that because I shared this photo, I somehow asked to be treated this way. That it was my fault these women spoke about me like this.
I’m stunned at how there are so many people who believe that breastfeeding is only decent if under a cover, and if done any other way is just a sex act or for attention.
I’m shocked that so many people believe Lilly will be ashamed to see these photos when she’s older - as if its a disgusting act.
And above all, I’m saddened that people truly think it is okay, to talk to ANYBODY, the way they so freely talked about me — in person, or behind a keyboard.
How divided we as mothers have become when we continue to sexualize this normal and necessary act of survival.
Then it hit me, like a snowball to the face: that this was NOT, in anyway, my fault.
That by sharing a photo of me breastfeeding, I wasn’t asking for it. Its like saying that by wearing a short skirt, I’m giving you my consent to reach up and have a feel.
And how utterly corrosive, this type of thinking is.
I choose to believe the solution is Participating in Normalizing breastfeeding. #breastfeeding#breastfeedingisnormal#normalizebreastfeeding#fulltermbreastfeeding#woman#womanhood#womenshealth#resistance
Really honoured to be included in this picture by @milkandmoonuk with so many amazing creative people 🌑❤ Go to the original post for all the makers. Last day for Christmas orders is the 18th December and I'll be closing the shop until the new year 🎅