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Story From A Real Mama - Elisha and Oskar

Elisha and Oskar from All Wrapped Up

Even before I fell pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed. As my mum was able to successfully breastfeed 3 kids I was confident I would be able to as well and that it would be an easy and natural process. At the same time I knew all about the various problems new mums can encounter and throughout my pregnancy a small voice also reminded me that it might not be as easy as I hoped. I felt I needed to reassure myself so I would not be disappointed if it didn’t work out like I’d hoped.

During my pregnancy my breasts didn’t seem change and grow as I had expected they would. So it actually came as quite a surprise to me when after my son Oskar was born the midwife plonked him on my breast, squeezed my nipple and out came the promised colostrum. Although by that stage I was very well versed on the intricate biological changes a mother’s body goes though before, during and after birth, I was nonetheless pretty impressed. I could produce milk after all! Very cool.

The first few days were a bit of a blur. A constant rotation of feeding, re-latching, feeding, sleeping, changing, feeding, re-latching, re-latching, re-latching! My new life seemed to revolve around breastfeeding – 1 hour on the breast (both sides) but only about 25 minutes or so of actual feeding. He would fall asleep and I would have to tickle under his chin to wake him. Trying to get that latch right was exhausting, his mouth seemed so little. It was all consuming, I wasn’t sure if I could keep this up for months on end. Surely it had to get easier.

After few days my milk came and with it engorgement. I should have been pleased, I had abundant supply, but I was in too much pain to care.  My poor small breasts had expanded to contain all of this milk so the skin was stretched to breaking point (or so it felt like) ‘They huuurrrrt!’ I would complain to my husband at every chance. I wasn’t even able to take neurofen for the pain, which seemed so unfair. ‘They’ll settle down’ everyone said. ‘Don’t express too much or you’ll stimulate supply’ they also said. And the biggest warning of all – ‘make sure you empty each side completely or you’ll get mastitis’

My week old baby and his tiny appetite were no match for all of the milk I was able to produce so I did succumb to mastitis, 3 times in total. It was crippling, and dealing with it while looking after a newborn was hell. By the third time friends would ask why I didn’t just wean Oskar? I had been breastfeeding for 3 months and had already given him a good start in life. Why? Well I finally figured out how to avoid mastitis (probiotics were my savior) and I loved breastfeeding, even more so than I thought I would.

 My life did eventually stop revolving around feeding and it became such a nice bonding experience and also wonderfully convenient. I could feed in the middle of the night or in the middle of the shopping centre at a moments notice. I thought I would worry about being really discreet but in the end I stopped caring about what others might think or say and simply focused on my baby. Now he is nearly one and while he is still breastfed I know those days are numbered. While that makes a small part of me sad, I am mostly just happy for the positive breastfeeding experience I had. 

Mummy Elisha & Baby Oskar

www.allwrappedup.net.au

 

Nursing Mama - The Beginning of a Journey

Spring with Nursing Mama Essentials

The first day of Spring, sun brilliantly radiating throughout the day seems to be the perfect day to have our website officially go live.

Our collection of Nursing Mama essentials wasn't designed for any reason than for mums to colour their lives with soft, delicate colourful nursing wear that can be coupled with any type of clothing.

Too often as a nursing mum myself, I was very shy and often fed quietly by myself or wore a dual layer of singlets so that feeding was easier. In designing the singlet, I had in mind the kind of basic essential that I wanted to wear everyday. Despite our curves and bumps, I wanted it to be more fitted. I wanted a essential basic that I could dress up or down just like all my other basic singlets before giving birth. And I guess that is why even mum's who aren't nursing love the tops, because the design is simple but the fabric is beautiful.

For nursing mamas, the discreet split is just an extra functional design for your comfort. 

Over the next few weeks, we hope to bring you ideas on how to wear your Nursing Mama and how we can all still colour our lives, despite being busy mums!

I humbly thank you for all our kickstarter orders that gave me a starting point and encouragement to pursue my own collection, I thank all the additional preorders that came before stock arrive and I thank all of the continuous orders that arrived after the stock came despite not having a website yet.

Thank you for loving our Nursing Mama Essentials and I would love to personally thank and feature you all over the following week if you would allow me, because we are all mums going through the motherhood journey together and a sisterhood of friends is what will help us with being fearless, wonderful caring mothers!

xx Doan