Wednesday 23 September 2009 by By Jill Sikkens

Before I got pregnant I never gave much thought to breastfeeding. It just wasn’t something I was familiar with. Actually, I assumed breastfeeding was for vegetarians who volunteered with Amnesty International and supported the Green Party. But, as I learned more about it through my NCT class I realised that it was probably something I wanted to at least try.

When Baby Boy was born I was really lucky that he latched on very well right from the start. Of course it was something I had to get use to but I never really found it hard work. So...five months later, when I’m ready to start leaving with the baby with family or friends we are having a really hard time getting him to take a bottle. There are so many messages telling us the importance of breastfeeding that no one reminds us the importance of sharing the responsibility of feeding.

So, my best piece of advice for new mothers is to “breastfeed in balance”. If I had to do it over again I would have definitely introduced at least one bottle a day. I don’t know how significant the risk of “nipple confusion” is but I can tell you that not being able to have a proper, relaxed break has its own risks.  Breastfeeding is a great gift, for you and your baby, and ensuring he will feed with you or another loved one will only be a good thing in months to come.

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