I just adore breastfeeding. Really love it.
It is so amazing to think that my youngest is only three months shy of her second Birthday and yet here we are, still breastfeeding.
For us, it is such a joyous experience. What started out as challenging to say the least has blossomed into such a delightful time in our day and lives and I am holding onto each day knowing that it could end all too soon. My time breastfeeding will be cherished forever.
Celeste was born on the verge of premmie at 36 weeks gestation and we struggled in the early months to establish our feeding routine together. I had to top up breastfeeds initially with formula at the insistence of medical professionals, to meet weight gain recommendations. There were cracked and bleeding nipples (will I ever forget those?) and the associated pain feeding in the early weeks as well as the overwhelming fatigue and joy.
Celeste was diagnosed with a heart murmur shortly after birth due to a small hole in her heart which is common in early babies. As a bit of background, I had developed antibodies to my baby during pregnancy following a blood transfusion after the dramatic birth of my first Daughter. These little antibodies rose quite steadily in the final trimester of my sixth pregnancy which worried Doctors enough to bring on an early delivery. Severe jaundice was the flipside but by far the lesser complication in a list of worrying outcomes for Mums and babies with antibody issues. (Which range from anaemia to death. In Celeste's case they thought she was anaemic - thankfully she wasn't at all.)
If one thing was going to go right for us in the shadow of the drama of her arrival, it was going to be successfully breastfeeding my last child. While I never set out to have an ideal term for feeding, I do like to allow Nature run its course and let baby decide when the time's right to wean. Happily, Celeste is not interested in doing so yet!
The effort all Mums put into the great achievement that is breastfeeding should be celebrated, promoted and supported. Thankfully, social awareness campaigns are finally starting to break down some very real breastfeeding barriers and what was once frowned upon in public by some, is at last becoming accepted and even welcomed.
I personally have never had a bad experience in public, breastfeeding and thank my lucky stars for that. I am not sure how I would have handled it. Maybe it's because I have always hidden behind a closed door in a parent's room or behind a shawl or baby blanket and hoped like hell no-one would notice. Maybe I have just been lucky.
BabyButton recently sent me one of their designer breastfeeding covers for review here and I am more than happy to promote it. One of the apprehensions many breastfeeding Mums have when out and about, is the fear of glances, opinionated stares and persecution at the hands of the general public when the time comes to settle a hungry baby. Having something lovely to conceal your feeds behind that's purpose-built is fantastic!
BabyButton breastfeeding covers are designed to handle just that. These nursing aids are crafted from 100% fully breathable twill cotton and feature a soft contoured neckline which allows eye contact between the two people who need and want it and excludes everyone else. Simply slip the bib style strap over your neck and get down to business behind your own 'curtain.' No judgemental stares, no need to visit filthy restrooms or parent rooms. A breastfeeding cover allows you the freedom to feed where you like and when you need to without attracting unwanted attention. (Just like the freedoms bottle feeding Mums enjoy.)
Being cotton makes it light and airy so neither Mum or baby gets overheated making it perfect for Summer and heated environments. There's a nifty clip attachment for easy fastening of the neck band which means the whole cover is fully adjustable to suit all heights and builds. Make it as long or short as required.
One of the things I have always disliked about feeding in public, is hitching up my clothing to do so as I don't like wearing button-down tops. (Far too revealing for me when feeding.) I cannot bear the thought of people staring at my fleshy tummy however - the idea of it for me is worse than the breastfeeding part! A BabyButton cover takes care of that issue. No-one will see anything past this! This cover by the way, is called the Black and White Damask and retails for $34.95. It looks a lot like an apron I discovered while taking this picture and I think if you have basic sewing skills you could add a couple of ribbon ties to the sides and make it into just that, post breastfeeding! (Or an art smock for your baby when he or she gets bigger?)
The neckline has a soft band inside which keeps the cover loosely structured and allows Mum to view the goings on in privacy.There's even a built in ribbon dummy clip so that baby's soother can be kept clean and at the ready while you get on with it.
Aside from its main purpose, these breastfeeding covers can double as a sunshade over your pram (the clip fastening ensures it won't blow off) and even a baby play mat or change mat. Use it as a blanket too if desired.
There are a gorgeous selection of fabric designs to choose from on the BabyButton website and if you sign up to the online newsletter you will instantly receive a free breastfeeding e-book to help you along on your breastfeeding journey. If you're a Mum who likes to feed in privacy, a BabyButton cover is your ultimate solution.
Now something for the Mummies who are breastfeeding - Would you like to win one of these fab covers for yourself? Do you know someone who would? Maybe you're planning a pregnancy down the track and would like to get a stash of things together in preparation? This one's for you!
BabyButton have generously offered one lucky Six Little Hearts reader the chance to win a breastfeeding cover of their choice from their website.
This great giveaway is valued at $34.95.
This great giveaway is valued at $34.95.
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