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It’s been over two weeks since I stopped breastfeeding T.
And I’m okay.
Celebrated every year during the first week in August, it’s aim is to promote the benefits in breastfeeding. This year marks the 25th year!
Our journey so far…
I’ve been breastfeeding T for almost 16 months, which doesn’t seem that long when I think about our first feed.
I thought he may have started to self wean himself a few weeks after turning one, but since he mastered how to sign for milk I’ve noticed an increase, although this may also have a link to how poorly he’s been recently.
Signing for milk has it’s positives and negatives. On one hand he can communicate a lot better and he can ask for milk before getting to that h’angry stage. Plus, it’s cute. On the other hand, because I give it to him if he asks (I’m still on a don’t offer, don’t refuse regime), he’s got into the habit of asking, getting, drinking for a few minutes and then he’s off – treating me like a water fountain.
I really don’t want to start refusing him, as that often ends in tears, but how can I keep up with that demand? He eats well and has cows milk at nursery so I’m baffled as to why he wants to drink so often when I’m around, especially as he finds as much comfort in a cuddle.
Night-time is getting better, with wakeups only happening every now and again; usually when T’s got himself wedged width ways and wakes himself up. S can usually comfort him and get him back off, but if he’s wetter than normal it’ll be a change and boob back to sleep. Again, if he’s been particularly poorly he may wake twice and require boobing back to sleep. On each occasion he doesn’t actually drink for that long before he’s fast asleep.
At this stage I don’t know when ‘the last feed’ will be, and to be honest I don’t think I’m looking for it.
This month I received my golden boobie award!
For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, there’s a fun award system within the breastfeeding community for every milestone you reach during your breastfeeding journey. It looks something like this:-
And why not? Breastfeeding is hard. So why not have a little fun whilst doing it.
I honestly didn’t know how long I’d last, I didn’t know how long T would want it, but getting to a year has made me feel so proud — especially as I only thought I’d feed until T started teething, but the fact that he started teething at 3 months meant I had to continue, there was no way I was going to stop at 3 months.
If you’ve ever met me for coffee, you know I love the cake.
Although I’m still actively pursuing the healthier snack as written previously, I still like to enjoy the odd treat-thats-now-not-really-a-treat, especially when I’m out with friends.
At home is another story though. Although still treat-like, more often than not my snacks at home contain oats for boob-fuel (that’s my excuse anyway). Oatcakes, breakfast biscuits and, of course, Hob Nobs are my favourites. They provide the right amount of sweetness but tell me I’m doing my boobs some good.
Unfortunately, they’re probably not doing my waste line any good; which is why I’m always on the look out for specific lactation food.
Boobbix are a cookie company (sold!) but they’re also a lactation cookie company. (Even better). They make delicious (I’ll talk more about this bit shortly) cookies that contain your usual ingredients to help lactation, including; fenugreek, oats, and flaxseed.
When I tried their peanut butter chocolate chip flavour, I was sent to heaven.
I’ve tried a fair amount of cookies and biscuits in my time and I can honestly say that I’ve never tasted anything so delicious whilst knowing it’s doing me some good! They even hold out on the tea-dunk test!
Each box contains 10 individually wrapped biscuits that can be frozen for up to 6 months. They can also be heated up in the microwave to act as a warm pudding.
The cookies come in a range of flavours from chocolate chip and oat, to cranberry and almond, and retail at £10.50 so a little pricey but they’re worth it as all ingredients are free range and organic where possible.
I had two cookies one afternoon and I immediately felt a difference a few hours later once consumed with some water.
I’ve already bought a few boxes for some boob-buddies, although I’m not sure whether they’ll last the week as they’re absolutely delicious. It’s a good job our UK girl guides don’t sell these door-to-door. Our US readers will also be pleased to hear they also ship to the US.
We were given a box of Boobixx lactation cookies for the purpose of a review, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.
Last Saturday was my first KIT (keeping in touch) day. The purpose of a KIT day is to slowly reintegrate you back into work, especially if you’ve had a lot of time off, and get you updated on what’s been going on. I was reluctant to book any KIT days at first as I was/am in complete denial about returning to work (I then realised you got paid for the hours worked during your KIT day, so I quickly changed my mind). I was also concerned about how I was going to cover childcare for the day, not to mention feeds, however I decided to book my KIT day on a Saturday when S would be off. Perfect.
The feeds themselves then weren’t a worry as T takes a bottle quite happily, I was more concerned about my poor boobs! How was I going to deal with them? If I even miss one feed in a day my boobs tell me about it.
Working in the public sector means I often don’t get a chance to sit down at a set time, nor in a set room like a cafeteria, therefore I often eat outside and/or at sporadic times, meaning I’m likely going to have issues when it comes to my boobs as I won’t be able to express at exact times.
Thankfully, I was going to be indoors for this KIT day so I could catch up on emails, this therefore gave me the perfect opportunity to test out my new manual breast pump by Lansinoh!