One of the best decisions I've ever made is to breastfeed Freddie. The minute I found out I was pregnant with Freddie, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed him. I never had any support throughout my pregnancy about breastfeeding, and I would get information and advice from two local friends and another friend, Catriona who blogs at Loved By Mummy. I remember getting nervous as I was getting closer to my due date.
I was very lucky that Freddie latched on straight away, despite the fact that he has tongue-tie. He's been feeding perfectly well since. There have been a few times he's been a bit whingey, but I am putting that down to teething. He latched the wrong place the other week, and it caused me to have a massive black bruise, which is still healing now. Other than that, he latches on perfectly well during most feeds.
Freddie will still feed quite often, but he has gone from every 1-2 hours to 2-4 hours, it depends on what time of day it is and how tired he is. He likes to fall asleep in the evenings while on me, feeding. His usual feeding times are; 6 am, 10 am, 11.30am (sometimes for a nap), 1/2pm, 4/5pm, 7 pm and then he will feed on and off until he falls asleep at 9/10pm. He will then wake up between midnight and 2 am, which from then on he will feed quite often. We started to wean him not long ago but only baby porridge in the evenings around 6 pm and he loves it. I will be updating on the weaning journey soon.
ENOUGH OF EXPRESSING, NO BOTTLES, NO MUM TIME!
We have tried Freddie with three different bottles, and he took to none of them. He took to one more than the other two but it took him a while to drink the expressed milk, and he did struggle. I have got one more type of bottle I want to try him on before giving up completely, but I can say - I hate expressing. I don't want to spend a lot on an electric expresser because I know I won't be expressing a lot, so instead I have a hand expresser which is a pain and pretty rubbish too. I've been thinking about going out for a meal with a friend before she starts full-time work, but I'm not sure that's going to be likely now unless I take Freddie with me, which is probably going to be the case. But I'm not complaining; I love breastfeeding, and I don't intend to stop anytime soon.