Well as my baby girl is now one year old, and the madness of her party is seems like a lifetime ago I thought I would do a quick post about our breastfeeding journey.
It has been a journey that I never thought I would ever do. With the older three I didn’t feel in a situation where I could breastfeed and chose to feed using a bottle. I never thought I would be lucky enough to have another baby let alone in a position where I felt comfortable to feed them myself. It is something I always wanted to do but never had the confidence to do so. So here I was just turned 29, still no confidence in my body or myself but confident in the fact that breastfeeding would be the best possible thing I could do for my new baby.
Imogen was born on 5th January 2018 at 2.51pm and weighing 8lb 9oz she took to breastfeeding within the hour and seemingly doing well.
However, Imogen wasn’t gaining weight like she would, and didn’t regain her birth weight until she was 5 weeks old. At 6 weeks old we were referred to a feeding specialist who diagnosed a posterior tongue tie and advised that we have it clipped to aid her feeding. She also adjusted our latch too.
Once Imogen had her tongue tie sorted she began to put weight on a little quicker, still not greatly but much better than previously so once 6 months hit and she was sitting unaided we began baby led weaning with lots of healthy fatty foods.
She was still a little dot but the food really helped her to gain weight well. She took to food so quickly and loved whatever we put on her high chair.
Of course we kept on breastfeeding
Imogen’s current favourite foods are pasta – the messier the better, blueberries and chocolate after having her advent calendar – obviously she didn’t have it everyday and hasn’t had it since.
We are also still breastfeeding at one year old!
I have no idea when we will stop – now she mainly feeds first thing in the morning and bedtime. When I’m at work she doesn’t feed in the day at all but if I’m there she will. I always wanted to make it through one day, and then through a week, a month and then 6 months and then 12 months and here we are. I don’t know how long we will be feeding for but I do know that it has been the best thing for us to do and I am so glad I was able to do it.