WHAT DOES BREASTFEEDING LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

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This week is World Breastfeeding Week so we explore the breastfeeding experience of Aussie mums and ask you what breastfeeding means & looks like for you.

Having just had a baby (Ari, now 3 months) and having breastfeeding challenges it reminded me how different every new mum’s experience is and how important it is find the resources that can support you.  It also confirmed, as a community of mums, how important it is for us to support each other.
 
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The good news is that new research published by breastfeeding brand, Medela, confirms that the vast majority of Aussie mums are committed to breastfeeding their babies to provide them with the best start in life.  So we are, literally, all in it together.
 
My experience with Ari was that he just wouldn’t attach properly.  I started pumping to feed him breastmilk because I was determined that he’d get all the health benefits.  But as weeks turned to months and I’d tried everything that the Doctors, lactation consultants & nurses suggested to no avail, I had to accept that traditional boob to baby breastfeeding was not going to work for us and we had to look at other options to make the best of what we had (which was a great supply of breast milk).
 
It was friends, family and my online community who came to the rescue.  Kate set me up with everything I needed to start pumping regularly, she also investigated baby bottle options for me.mymedela-breastfeeding-app
 
I found a community of exclusive pumping mammas online for support & information and I started to use the MyMedela app to record and keep track of pumping, feeding sessions & my baby’s growth.
 
That, combined with the advice of my local early-childhood nurse, has enabled me to set up to pump & feed breastmilk for 12 months recommended by health professionals.
 
The Medela research shows that a whopping 90% of new mums experience problems breastfeeding, and that most of us persist and continue to feed our babies breastmilk.  We’ve published the full results of Medela’s research below so you can see how your breastfeeding experience relates to other new mum’s experiences.medela-breastfeeding-resarch-survey-for-breastfeeding-statistics-in-australia
 
Download the results here: Medela Breastfeeding survey results of australian mums
 
Feel confident that breastfeeding is different for every mum, here are some mums talking about their experience.
 

 
World Breastfeeding Week is the perfect time to share your breastfeeding experience & tips.  Please feel free to add your story in our comments section.

 
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Vanessa loves great design. Beauty, function and innovation get her excited. When she’s not hunting down the next big baby idea, she’s busy with her day job and being a mum to her 3 lovely boys.


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