I did it. I made it to my goal of 9 months so I didn’t have to sterilise or make up bottles on holiday. The ultimate lazy reason to keep going. If the NHS really want to improve breastfeeding rates, then instead of banging on about ‘best for baby, best for mum’, they should think about promoting how much easier it is once it’s established. It’s definitely the first bit that’s the hard bit in my experience.
Breastfeeding on holiday
If you can, I highly recommend breastfeeding on holiday. It was so easy and seriously reduced the amount of baby paraphernalia I had to take with me. I found it particularly useful on the flight. It allowed Jacob to fall asleep during take off, which was amazing.
One of the main reasons I wanted to breastfeed for 9 months was that I couldn’t get my head around how I would make up bottles on holiday. What would I do for the airport and plane? When Jacob does drink formula he has SMA (the only one that didn’t make him throw up), which comes in really annoying ready-made cartons that need scissors to open. Which you can’t take on planes. And if I made up a bottle to take with me at home, it’s meant to be used within 2 hours… but he’d need it about 4 hours after leaving home. So he might have gotten ill… I’m genuinely perplexed! Could I just have taken powder and asked for boiling water? How would I do it?! SMA-using mums help please! (If anyone from SMA is reading this, please make better ready-made cartons!)
I know some people are worried about breastfeeding in public in a new environment, but I didn’t really think about it. I hadn’t checked out my rights to breastfeed in Portugal, but I did it wherever I wanted and no one said anything!
New habits at 9 months
Jacob still has no teeth, so I haven’t had to contend with biting yet. I’ve still got that joy to come.
He has learnt that grabbing my nipple and pulling makes me say “ouch”, which is apparently hilarious to a 9-month-old! He’s actually started looking up, grinning, then doing it and chuckling! Cheeky little monkey. If anyone has any tips on how to discourage that, let me know please!
What’s next in the breastfeeding journey?
As of today I’ve decided to stop breastfeeding during the day, so we go down to just two feeds—first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I’m starting to get a bit anxious about feeding and going back to work, so I want to get a bit of a head start at cutting down. I don’t want to be stressing about it the week before I go back.
Hopefully, if that works, I’ll be able to continue feeding twice a day for a few months longer.
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