The Breastfeeding Chronicles – Intro. 

*Contains images of breastfeeding and dodgy hair*

Breastfeeding is currently a huge part of my life and it’s only right I give it it’s own space within the blog. I hope to write a few posts within these “chronicles” ranging from my experiences with feeding, to writing about other stuff such as nipple pads, and creams. If you follow us on Twitter, you’ll probably find me asking a lot of questions, not to mention rambling during my 3am feeds.

Before I get started, first and foremost, how you choose to feed your baby is completely your choice. If you choose to feed with formula then great, keep at it, ignore what anyone else has to say. Whatever works for you and baby is what’s important. I am choosing to breastfeed at the moment because I can. Simple. If I couldn’t, then I would have to deal with that.

In the not so distant future, I hope to express so that a) I can get a good supply stocked in the fridge/freezer and b) so S can share some of the feeding love. The only reason I’m not expressing at the moment is because I’ve been advised not to until at least 6 weeks. Apparently, T is the one who determines my flow and nothing/no-one else – apparently this takes 6 weeks. You would think that by expressing after feeds that my body would produce more milk due to increased demand, but when I started doing this after a week of breastfeeding it seemed to mess my supply up (I only know this because T’s poo changed a little – sorry TMI) so I stopped.

Breastfeeding for me started quickly after T arrived. He latched on well within an hour of being born and seemed to feed well. I was so proud.  

By day two, however, my nipples started hurting quite a bit which I believe was a mixture of something new going on with my nipples and a poor latch, although T was still able to get milk out despite having a poor latch. Weird? This was quite stressful as every time I fed I felt toe curling pain on said breast for at least a minute during feeding – I was in agony, but because feeding T was more important I just got on with it (DON’T DO THIS) and to be honest, I thought this was normal (IT ISN’T).

I quickly called the community midwife the next day and asked for some help as I was concerned not only for my poor nipples but in case my milk supply changed because of the stress. I also wanted some advice in regards to breastfeeding positions as I only really had the one. After her visit I was armed with different positions to assist with different scenarios (quick let down, slow let down, etc.).

I highly recommend speaking to professionals if you’re ever having trouble breastfeeding. You are not alone, and if anyone tells you they never had any worries, they’re lying – it’s almost expected for mums to worry about things such as supply and quality. In addition to professionals, there are also several Facebook groups and charities around these days, not to mention Twitter where there is always someone online no matter what time it is – so there is always help around the corner.

Although my nipples still hurt for a few days, after several applications of nipple cream and constant detaching and reattaching until T latched comfortably, my nipples went back to normal and breastfeeding is now completely pain free and actually enjoyable. Thanks to the positions I’ve now learned (I will share these in another post) I’m also pretty confident feeding him whilst out.


I really enjoy breastfeeding. It’s free food, so we’re not spending money on formula (although we do have an emergency tub in the cupboard), and it’s that piece of closeness that only T and I get to share.

It can be personally frustrating when all I do some days is feed and I haven’t been able to leave the sofa, let alone do anything else, but I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that this IS my job and it’s an important job.

K

Television Documentary Opportunity. Want To Get Involved?

So we were approached by a researcher from Cineflix for a TV Documentary. They are currently researching for a show around extraordinary pregnancies. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet their criteria as, quite bluntly, we weren’t pregnant, but we would have met the criteria if we were.

They wish to document special pregnancies ranging from Lesbian/Gay pregnancies, to couples that perhaps have had that extra hard struggle to get there.

Although we would have loved to get involved, we can’t. Nevertheless, we agreed to help them advertise for the “role” as I’m all for raising awareness around the tough struggle couples face to create a family. Please see below:-

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Are you expecting a baby? Is there such a thing as a ‘straight forward’ or ‘easy’ pregnancy? Do you think you’re having – or you’re likely to have- an exceptionally interesting pregnancy?

Few mums-to-be would say that pregnancy is easy or stress-free, but for some women, having a baby presents very unusual challenges.

Cineflix Productions have been commissioned by Discovery to make 6 x 60 minute episodes on the subject of pregnancy (our working title is “The Pregnancy Project”).

We’re looking for mums-to-be from all over the world, who are juggling the usual excitement and anxiety of a typical pregnancy, with an unusual situation or condition.

If you’re pregnant in an extraordinary situation (for example, you’re acting as a surrogate for a family member or having a baby as an older mother), you’re experiencing pregnancy with a pre-existing condition of your own (such as dwarfism or visual impairment) or if you have a condition brought on by your pregnancy (like extreme cravings, or severe morning sickness) – then we’d love to talk to you.

We’re also looking for mums-to-be who might have previously been told they were unlikely to conceive due to unusual gynaecology.

From sharing the news with your loved ones, to medical appointments and baby showers – right up to the big day itself – we want to explore the realities – the highs and lows, the excitement and the inevitable anxieties that being an extraordinary pregnant mum brings, and help you share your pregnancy story.

If you’d be interested in an informal chat with a member of The Pregnancy Project production team, please email us on thepregnancyproject@cineflix.com

or call 0203 179 0099 – we’d love to talk to you.

(And of course – congratulations on your pregnancy!)

Kinesiology – A View From The Outside.

Well, K has told you her side of the visit to the Kinesiologist, now it’s my turn.

As K has already mentioned, it is one of my amazing colleagues and friends that recommended we visit a Kinesiologist (which just happens to be her mum) to get K checked out.  Admittedly, she did suggest it over a year ago and now we are kicking ourselves about not booking it sooner.  Had we followed her advice we could have had a little person by now!

So after the umpteenth time of being told, I went ahead and contacted Kate (Kathryn).  We had to wait two weeks for an appointment as she was fully booked, however we didn’t mind waiting as this gave me a huge amount of hope that we were doing the right thing (surely if it doesn’t work, you wouldn’t be so busy). Also, another colleague of mine has seen her for fertility issues, and now has a 3 yr old son.

Finally our appointment day was upon us.  K was adamant that she wanted me to go with her, so I managed to switch my day working from home so I could be there waiting for her to arrive home from work. We didn’t want to be late, so we left plenty of time to drive the short 30 minutes to Handcross, Sussex. This meant having to hang around in a cold car for quite some time before our appointment.

Whilst waiting, for some unknown reason I became incredibly nervous about the appointment, whilst K was surprising upbeat and excited about meeting the woman who could potentially identify what was wrong with her.
So with the time of our appointment rapidly approaching we made our way down the narrow alleyway at the side of Kate’s home to the rear of the property to her consultation room.

The waiting room was small and cosy with 2 chairs, a few brochures and a plant, we weren’t in there for long, before we were called in.  The consultation room was plain with old medicine cabinets and medical posters on the wall.  The desk had trays and trays of tiny vials. I was desperate to ask what they were, but there was no need as it was not long before we would find out.

Kate asked K a long list of questions regarding her health and family history and as to why we were visiting her.  She then explained in great detail about Kinesiology, and the process that we were about to go through. To be perfectly honest, a lot of it went over our heads at first, but as she started work it all made sense.

First move was to get K to lay on the bed (with her shoes off).  She then proceeded to see how responsive K’s muscles were to the commands she was giving.  She was shocked to find she couldn’t get a response which meant until she found the reason for this, we couldn’t go any further.
Kate instructed K to lay completely flat with her feet straight.  She instantly saw what was wrong.  K was all crooked (which I found hilarious). With 1 leg longer than the other, her hips were lop sided, as was her head.  This meant that the nerves were trapped down one side of her body and thats why her body wasn’t responding.

Kate then proceeded to straighten K out, and with in a matter of minutes her legs were equal her hips were straight and her head was sitting normally again, and now Kate could start to identify what was wrong.

She checked K for stress and other emotional elements, surprisingly K isn’t suffering from any seeing as we’ve had a pretty stressful few months and her job can get quite stressful. She then proceeded to check K for weaknesses around the body by testing using the muscle in her thigh – sadly it turns out K has quite a few, too many to name.

Once Kate had found the weaknesses, she still needed to find out what was effecting them.  After a few minutes with a lot of prodding and moving K’s leg she found it was her hormones that were severely unbalanced. Thankfully, this is something that is easy to treat (normally).

Now having found this all out, it was time to find the cause of the hormone imbalance – again, a few minutes later after testing the various points, she established it was her Thyroid. We now had 50/50 chance of this being something she could treat or something we would have to see our GP for. Luckily for us it turns out to be an overactive thyroid that is causing the issues by not allowing the body to provide the nutrients to where they are needed.  If it had been an under active Thyroid, there would be potentially very little she could do depending on the damage to it.

So, over the course of one hour, Kate had established the affected areas, the reason and the cause; which means she could now start to look at what K needed to fix her, but first she needed to find out what colour person K is (yes this bit sounds strange. There are 3 colours (all primary), your colour is determined by your parents colours). I’m not really sure why this is, but it’s apparently a key part of the process. Before she even started on this she predicted K would be a red person, and it turned out to be correct.  Red means you have a high chance of issues like heart disease, Blue means you are likely to have a high chance of being intolerant to Dairy plus other issues – we never found out what the others were (perhaps we will at a later date).  Because of K’s colour, she advised her of what foods she should eat and those that she should try to stay away from.

With the issues and colour established, Kate proceeded to test K for the specific hormones that she was lacking.  This is where the vials come in to play. Basically, your body is a magnet and each vial contains a mineral or element that the human today needs.

She placed a vial at a time on K’s navel and tested her. If K was lacking the element, the vial would make her stronger and she would be able to resist the pull from Kate. If she didn’t need it, it would make her weak. This process went on for what felt like a lifetime, but eventually she established everything that K was missing.

The question was how much was she missing…..now to be honest the list was so long we can’t even really remember all of it, we just remember it sounding incredibly bad.

The session was now moving into the final phase, what K needed to fix her body. Kate started again with the vials, this time testing for the doses of the missing minerals. This is where it gets really weird.
She placed the mineral back on the navel and started to pull Kate’s muscles counting the responses to determine the doses. She then released the suppression points on K’s body to release the muscle and started to count how often she would need the dose.

This also went on for quite some time. K’s lacking so much that she has quite an intense schedule of meds some of which she needs for 2 weeks others she needs for 8 weeks.  The prescription was written and we were instructed to call the company first thing to place the order. Considering the amount prescribed, this didn’t cost too much.

Meds Timetable

Kate then finished the session by telling us in 4 weeks we would be able to start trying to conceive again, but for the time being we must refrain as one of the issues K has could cause severe issues with the baby if we were to fall pregnant before she has been fixed.

We are booking a check up appointment for 6 weeks after our first appointment to ensure K is back to normal.

Kate has helped 55 other couples deal with fertility issues that have all ended with the successful conception of a child. We have our fingers, legs and toes crossed that this works for us, but at least we now know why it hasn’t so far. K doesn’t feel at a total loss and can see light at the end of the tunnel – I just hope this is the answer.

I was so impressed with the process, that in the near future I will be booking myself in for an MOT. As a very methodical person, I liked how Kinesiology works from the start (in this instance, Kate’s wonkiness) and then builds up to the issue in hand, making sure nothing alone the way is missed as this will, in turn, just put you back to the beginning again.

I highly recommend giving your local Kinesiologist a go.

S x

Our Visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour (In Pictures)

For Sharon’s birthday, we went to the Universal Studios Harry Potter Tour near Watford, London.

If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, then this probably isn’t for you. It is purely for those who love, or are obsessed with, Harry Potter, however I imagine it’s quite interesting if you’re interested in film and movies making.

I’m not going to go into detail about our day – I’ll let the pictures do their thing. All I am going to say, however, is that it was a wonderful day and it is well worth the journey. I was very sad to leave as I realized there was now nothing new about Harry Potter to look forward to.

The pictures are to show a snippet of our day (I don’t want to reveal everything) – I would highly recommend visiting, even just to see how amazing the studio is.

You can find out more here:- http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

K