Breastfeeding: The End & How I stopped at 19 months

I made a decision I’ve been thinking about for a long time at the start of the month. I stopped breastfeeding Arlo. To some it may not seem like a big deal but as anyone who is or has breastfed their baby will know, making the decision to stop isn’t one that can be taken lightly. On the first of November I just decided to stop  breastfeeding Arlo (with my boobs, obviously I have been giving him food!) and surprisingly it has been easier than I thought. I’ll get on to how I did it in a bit but there were two main reasons why for me making the decision to stop after 19 months and even though I know that that’s a lot longer than many people breastfeed for…

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‘Still feeding’ #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

Yes, we are “still” breastfeeding. Although why people ask like that I’ve no idea really. The WHO advises breastfeeding till two if it suits mum and child. Arlo is 16 months old and shows no signs of stopping whatsoever. He’s never had a nursing strike and would feed all day every day if he could. He certainly attempts to feed all night as it is. I’m not going to pretend I’m all crunchy earth mother about it and love feeding him, gazing at his little face as he guzzlers away. Far from it in fact. I would LOVE to sleep all night without having to a) swap sides every hour when he wakes up pawing at my chest because he’s drained one boob and b) sleep with a duvet keeping…

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Golden Boobs & MumMe breastfeeding dresses

I recently got my ‘Golden Boobs’ award, otherwise known as a year of breast feeding! It has been a fairly intense journey as Arlo has never taken to drinking from a bottle, and only from a beaker in the last month or two (if someone else holds it!) He’s also really only started to enjoy proper food in the last few weeks so until then I was his main source of sustenance! It’s been draining, physically and emotionally at times and his constant recurrence of oral thrush which he then passes to my boobs have meant a fair few painful feeds over the last few months. I also had a horrible milk blister (Read about that here if you dare or read more breastfeeding related posts) but we made it to…

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Breastfeeding: Hot Milk Chic Nursing Bra

Arlo and I are fast approaching our ‘golden boobs’ award, that’s a year for the uninitiated. It’s true that your boobs change as your breastfeeding journey continues and mine have now shrunk a little compared to what they were in the first few months. All but one of my nursing bras were used when I was feeding Athena so when Hot Milk got in touch to see if I’d like to pick a bra from their new range I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get a nice new bra in the right size!

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Fashion: A breastfeeding friendly dress & Bo and Bel

I’ve been meaning to start posting more outfit posts for ages now, partly to give myself a reason to dress up a little and partly because I actually have a few nice breastfeeding friendly outfits that might inspire someone looking for boob & baby friendly clothes!

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Boobs glorious Boobs! 6 months of breastfeeding

So I have been breastfeeding Arlo for  very nearly six months now. In a way it seems a little silly to go shouting about it, as it’s a natural thing and only a few hundred years ago or less there was no other option and all mums fed their babies (or employed a wet nurse!) for probably much longer! But on the other hand it IS something to be proud of! Arlo has grown from 7lb 13 to a nice a chunky 19lb plus! He has more rolls than a bakers shop and that’s all down to my boobs! On top of that it isn’t easy exclusively breastfeeding a baby when you have an active toddler to look after too! And when I say exclusively I mean it, the little…

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Breastfeeding: Thrupenny bits nursing pillows

Breastfeeding means you get to sit and relax (hopefully!) with your baby, but it’s not always easy finding a comfortable position, and sometimes you need your hands free too, for tea drinking/biscuit eating/toddler book reading to name but a few! A couple of weeks ago I was sent this pretty gorgeous nursing pillow from Thrupenny Bits. Their pillows: contour to the body have ties for a close fit and to use to carry are made of fully washable materials have interchangeable covers have a long zip so are easy to wash/change come in two sizes can be used as a bag allows for hands free feeding The pillows have been cleverly designed so that they can be used as a bag when you no longer need them as a feeding-aide,…

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