Becoming a mum; my journey, breastfeeding

Breastfeeding journey: 4 months!♡

Hi beauties,

Wow. Exactly four months of breastfeeding, firstly where has the time gone? It doesn’t seem like four days let alone four months!! So crazy.

Since I had a lot of interest from my previous breastfeeding post I thought I would do an update! Breastfeeding feels like a way of life now, it’s such a normal part of our routine, it seems like we’ve always done it. I have been so so lucky, well to be honest, like I said in the previous post, research before starting to breastfeed really is key. If you haven’t read my previous post I’ll link it here so you can read that too🙂 But yes, I have been so lucky to be able to feed my baby for this long, my goal is at least 6 months & anything after that is just a bonus.

Now that my milk is established & we are in as much of a routine as I think you can be in when you have a four month old (whether you breastfeed or not) I thought it’s the perfect time to update you all. I also asked on my Facebook profile if anyone had any other questions they wanted me to answer so I’ll try touch on them here but some things I got asked to cover will be a seperate post.

Anyway, let’s get stuck in to the update. Rylie is exactly four months today, when he was last weighed two weeks ago he weighed a healthy 14Ibs 1oz & measured 66cm. It’s safe to say he is definitely growing & mummies milk is providing everything he needs to do so. I feel such a sense of achievement every single day being able to provide him with the best nutrients & antibodies for my baby to thrive. Would you like to see a post about the benefits of breastfeeding for mum & baby? Let me know below please!❤

Rylie is feeding every 2.5/3hours! In about the second month he seemed to be sleeping through, often he would go from 11pm til 5/6am, I thought GREAT he’s already sleeping through, WOW!

Although this is not so much the case any more, he isn’t bad through the night, he’s still bloody brilliant. He still doesn’t wake alot in the night! How lucky am I?🙂 Usually he’ll be asleep from say 7/8pm, wake up around 11pm for a feed which we have always done as I like to feed him as late as I can so he sleeps through the night better. He then usually goes til about 3/4am before he wants another feed. Then when he wakes up next it’s usually time to be up anyway so it works out well.

The odd night recently he has been a bit unsettled & he’s been up every couple of hours, but as long as he is ok it really doesn’t bother me.

According to The Wonder Weeks app though the fourth leap is a big one. If you’ve not heard of it The Wonder Weeks app keeps track of when your baby is likely to go through another “leap” in their development & at what she this happens. I’ve found it pretty helpful as it explains simply but very well what exactly your baby will learn that week.

Of course it’s just a generalised thing worked out on when your baby was born & is probably based on an average of so many babies so don’t get too caught up on it. It’s definitely worth getting so you can keep an eye on your babies leaps and development though as this is apparently when babies can be more unsettled.

Summary of this week’s developments for Rylie on the wonder weeks app!

I was asked if I thought my supply had increased since he’s obviously growing. I think it must have as Rylie is definitely getting enough to nourish him. The more your baby takes the more your body is going to replace it I guess, like when we express, it is supposed to help up the supply as your boobs are being drained so they refill ready for the next feed.

Night feeds

When I made it clear I wanted to breastfeed a lot of people said, but you’ll have to do the night feeds. Yes, yes I will. Lets be honest, yes they’re tiring but they don’t last forever. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me, I love waking up to feed him! Anyway, if you don’t want to get up & do night feeds, why have a baby?

Rylie is obviously comforted by me as well, so more times than not he just goes straight back to sleep. We have a chicco next to me crib so I don’t even have to move anywhere. It’s great. I couldn’t imagine having to get up in the middle of the night with a screaming baby, rushing downstairs and having to sterilise & faff with formula. That’s my personal opinion, of course as long as baby is fed, happy & healthy that’s the main. Of course you could express if your partner wants to get up with baby. Since my fiance works I don’t expect him to be getting up in the night, he needs his rest!

Feeling like your doing it alone?

It was actually my fiance that brought this up to include in this blog post. I’m sure you ladies that breastfeed know what I’m talking about, it can seem like you’re doing it alone sometimes. Especially in the beginning when you & baby are adjusting to the way of life & getting used to how to feed. It can be lonely, but until he’d pointed it out I’d not really thought about it. Although you are doing it by yourself, just having the support around you means everything. It really helps, especially like I said, in the beginning when your all unsure.

If you are struggling & don’t have the support, there’s plenty of groups nationwide whether online or locally to you that will help. Check out your local children’s centre, I’ve found it so nice just going to groups & meeting others.

I’ve loved being a part of this breastfeeding group on Facebook too. Click here to check it out.

Otherwise, I’m always here. It’s my mission to help others along their journey, not only breastfeeding but life in general.

Expressing

I started to express when Rylie was a few weeks old as I knew I was going to leave him as I had a hen party to go to. I expressed a bit before the event as I wanted to make sure he was actually going to take the bottle. Which after a bit of persuasion by Matt he did, still reluctantly take a the bottle now. The health visitor advised not to bottle feed til about 6 weeks in case he prefers it, but I didn’t have a choice & couldn’t wait that long that’s why we trialled it before the main event as I didn’t want to go out & find that he wouldn’t take the bottle whatsoever.

Even to this day he doesn’t often have from the bottle as my partner does work a lot anyway so haven’t expressed for a bit – other than the odd time as I’ve had to leave him with family while at the dentist (I’m aware I could take him, but it makes life easier to go to the dentist by myself!)

In the beginning I adored using the Tommee Tippee manual pump but now I absolutely love my nature bond silicone pump (link below to where you can buy it!), it makes life so much easier as I just suction it on while I’m feeding Rylie so it can catch any milk that’s leaking from the other side. I also use it when I’m not feeding Rylie, in between feeds, when I know I need milk for if I have to leave him (which has only been a handful of times!) & I do express so my partner can feed him too.

I’m planning on expressing more & freezing it so my partner can use it when he wants & when we start to wean him I can use my milk for things like porridge.

How long does expressed milk last?

❤At room temperature breast milk can last up to 6 hours. But best to use it as soon as possible if not able to refrigerate.

❤In an iced cooler it can last a day.

❤In the back of the fridge it can last 5 days. But it’s best to use within 3 or freeze it.

❤In the freezer lasts up to 6 months.

Bare in mind with any of these. If you add freshly expressed milk to any of these ways of storing, you have to make sure they’re the same temperature. For example, if I already have expressed milk in fridge & I’ve expressed more; I always put the freshly expressed in to the fridge (either in a seperate bottle or leave it in my nature bond pump) so it can cool, once it’s been in there a few hours I’ll add it to the other lot of milk I’ve already expressed.

Also note, if you are adding breast milk to each other say you expressed yesterday & added today’s in to the same bottle, you’d only be able to keep the milk 4 days as yesterday’s milk has been in a day already.

I think I’m going to leave it there & do seperate blog posts on other topics there are to cover. Let me know below if there’s anything in particular❤

❤Nature bond silicone pump, click here

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My labour story…

Hi everyone😊

So it’s been a little while since I last uploaded! A lot has happened, MY LITTLE MAN IS NOW HERE!!😍

I really wanted to share my labour story with you all & make this a start to me uploading more (going to try upload at least once a week but ideally more!!) So definitely follow me for baby updates, all things makeup & beauty & my journey as a new mum!❤

My handsome little Prince, Rylie, was born on Wednesday 6th June at 23:23 via c section! My c section was not planned but was the best option in the end… read on to hear the full story🙂

Monday

My labour started days before the big event & started quite slowly. The Monday before he was born I went to see the midwife for a stretch & sweep (if you don’t know what this is it’s basically something that is meant to help bring the labour on!). We went in for the stretch & sweep, by this time he was already 6 days over the due date, the midwife did all the checks he definitely sounded happy in there as he always has (she joked he was too comfy in there! Which he probably was!😉) anyway she was unable to do the sweep as my cervix were out of reach, despite this she said it still may help! I’m not sure whether it did as that morning I had already started with slight period pain like cramps, which I told her about & was hopeful that something was happening! So after leaving the midwife we went on with our normal day, went to see family & I noticed the cramps did not go & were getting slightly worse over the course of the evening!

Tuesday

Early hours of Tuesday morning the pains got worse, now I was realising I was getting contractions & this was the beginning of us meeting our little man. As the pains where getting closer together & were about every 5 mins & getting stronger we rang the hospital & was told we could come in but if nothing was happening we’d be sent home (we live about 45 mins away from the hospital I was going to give birth!). So we went in as the pains were getting progressively worse & paracetamol was no longer helping as much… breathing techniques really are your best friend during labour, it truly is the only thing that really helps (other than super strong drugs of course, but we don’t have those at home!).

When we arrived at the hospital we were left waiting for a while.. after at least half an hour of waiting to be seen a midwife came & examined us… annoyingly nothing was happening! I wasn’t dilated at all, so we were sent home! This midwife was the only midwife I had a problem with she was so rude & belittling so I was glad to be going back home!!

All Tuesday the pains got even worse & I was just trying to keep the pain down using paracetamol & breathing techniques. At this point I’d not slept all night & was feeling so drained already due to the pain.

Wednesday

Wednesday morning came, around 5/6 in the morning & I just couldn’t bare the pain anymore.. I woke my other half up & insisted we needed to go to the hospital, I couldn’t cope with the pain anymore & needed more pain relief, paracetamol just wasn’t touching the pain anymore!! We already had everything in the car, even so it took me a while to bring myself to move cos the pain was so bad… the car journey wasn’t as bad as I was expecting I just concentrated on my breathing which like I said earlier.. breathing techniques are your best friend in labour.. they help so much, it’s amazing, the pain is so strange it’s hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it before!

Once we got to the hospital & made our way to the labour ward we were shown to a room straight away & was introduced to the loveliest midwife… every midwife we met from here was so amazing & I couldn’t wish to be treat any better!!

Within about an hour of being on the labour ward a doctor broke my waters for me – they already suspected they’d been leaking during the last couple of days as I was also losing some of my plug while being at home… it didn’t shed at once it just came out as a pinky discharge (sorry tmi!).

All of a sudden we had loads of doctors in the room.. my midwife told us not to worry; but naturally you do! Since we have had some troubles in the past they said they wanted to keep an eye on us… once my waters had been broken I was given gas & air to help with the pain, it helped slightly but like I’ve said, it’s the breathing that helps!🙂

To cut a long story short the labour was progressing but very slowly! At one point little mans heart rate dropped so they had to do tests, which at the best of times would be uncomfortable!🙈 Thankfully his heart rate picked back up & the tests came back normal. The doctors where no longer worried as they nearly rushed us in for emergency c section… they gave us longer to see if the labour would progress more itself, at this point I’d not slept for nearly 2 whole days so I was knackered, I opted for the epidural to try get some rest in the hope I’d be able to push him out.

Once the epidural was in the labour just wasn’t going anywhere, we got to 7cm dilated & the doctors & midwife could see I was so tired & ready for him to be here. They urged I had a c section which we all decided would be best. I had been so against a c section & I don’t know why, I think it was lack of knowledge.. the doctors explained the procedure & everyone involved where amazing, I felt so much more relaxed!

Me & my partner were taken in to theatre & my sister was taken to the recovery room to wait (my other half was keeping her updated via texts!). No longer than half an hour of going in to theatre our little Prince was born at 23:23 😍 everyone working on me were so so shocked at how big he was.. they were all saying “How did you hide him in there?” Rylie was born 9Ibs 8oz which is a very good size, he’s also very long! If you know me you know I’m not the biggest of people, I am however pretty tall (about 5 foot 10!). We were instantly in love, he cried almost straight away which was a relief, they cleaned him up & my other half was able to cuddle him while I was being sewn back up! It wasn’t over though.. I was in theatre a good couple of hours as they noticed a bleed which they got a consultant in to stitch up! Once that was sorted they stitched me back up! The sensation of him being pulled out was so weird, you don’t feel a thing just the pressure of the pushing & pulling on your belly!

It really is amazing what they all do😍 there were so many people working around me together to make everything go smoothly & keep me comfortable. Of course you feel crappy due to all the drugs but all of it was worth it! We have our little Prince here safe & sound & at the end of the day that’s all that mattered to us!🙂❤

If anyone would like me to go in more detail about c sections & the aftercare/recovery then let me know I’d love to share as much as I can with you all🙂

I would love to hear your stories & experience! 🙂 every birth is so different, it’s amazes me how us women can be put through so much & come out even stronger at the end!❤

I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Hull women’s & children hospital for looking after us during & after labour! Couldn’t fault any of them!❤

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