I only managed to breastfeed my oldest daughter for 6 weeks, due to having very little knowledge of breastfeeding or support. When Bunny had a growth spurt and I didn’t have enough milk, I simply gave up.
With my twins, I did my research and persevered with tandem breastfeeding, exclusively for three months and mix-fed them from three to five months.
My breastfeeding journey with Bear has had, by far, the most obstacles. My aim was to reach six months. I was desperate to breastfeed to six months, but I had no idea I’d continue breastfeeding to 14 months.
Bear and I, overcame a few latch issues, followed by nipple thrush (and oral thrush for him), and then mastitis. I would not have managed to continue breastfeeding, without the help of a few Lansinoh products, and also the prescriptions from my GP for the Mastitis and thrush.
I used Lansinoh nursing pads in my bra to absorb excess milk and save me the embarrassment of leaking through my top. Whilst these were a little more pricey that some of the other pads available, these were without a doubt the best. They were very absorbent, didn’t leave me feeling damp and uncomfortable, didn’t leak and were soft against my skin.
I bought a seamless, wireless, soft, stretchy, breathable bra for night time, which wasn’t a nursing bra. The comfort of this also helped ease the pain of engorgement when my milk came in and first thing in the mornings when I woke up heaving full of milk.
During the first few weeks of breastfeeding Bear, I suffered from dry, sore and cracked nipples. This was partly due to getting used to newly breastfeeding, partly due to getting sore when my milk first came in and partly due to the other issues I encountered. Lansinoh’s HPA 100% Lanolin, really soothed and healed my nipples. I honestly don’t think I could have continued without this.
When the pain of thrush and mastitis became too much, I used Lansinoh nipple shields, to give me some relief. These were a last resort to me. I was close to just giving up breastfeeding, because the pain was unimaginable. My mastitis was only in one boob, so I at least got some relief when Bear fed on the other side. The thrush however, affected both sides and I suffered much worse with that than the mastitis. As I was crying at the thought of having to give up so early, a friend suggested nipple shields. I was dubious, but I tried them and whilst the pain was still excruciating, the shields did make it just about bearable. I used these until the cream the GP gave me kicked in. Again, Lansinoh had come to my rescue.
I’m pleased to say that breastfeeding became smooth sailing after that. Six months came and went. Mike asked me how long I planned to breastfeed and I moved the goalpost to a year. A year came and went and I decided to stop counting and just breastfeed until the time felt right to stop. I wish I could have found the support and the right products to persevere with this journey with my oldest child.
Lansinoh played a big part in the success of my breastfeeding journey, so it seems fitting that I should be running a giveaway of Lansinoh products. One lucky reader will win the following Lansinoh breastfeeding bundle (worth over £60):
- Manual breastpump
- Nursing pads
- Breast therapy pads
- Milk storage bags
To enter, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below…
*I am not receiving any kind of payment or goods for writing this post, but the prize bundle is being kindly provided by Lansinoh. All words and opinions are entirely my own.