When I was pregnant I was unsure about breastfeeding. The idea of whipping out a boob to feed a baby felt strange. I know it is natural and 'best' for the baby but it wasn't something I have ever intended to do.

After Immie was born (and after spending the first hour of her life screaming) we tried to breast feed. It was a bit of a disaster to start with, for something so natural it felt very, very alien! I'm not going to lie to you...it hurt! It is not suppose to hurt, but as you are trying to get it right you get it wrong. Thank god for Lansinoh cream. It saved my nipples!!!

By day 8, Immie and I had worked out our differences and had a good latch. It is at this point I got cocky. I started to express milk using Mothercare's innosense pump. If breastfeeding was alien then expressing is another ball game. Your nipple disappears down a tube and then pumped until the milk runs out! Weird!! Expressing allowed my partner to feed our baby. It also meant that I could leave Immie with others. However this led to my baby being lazy and wanting the bottle rather than the boob. After resolving her issues with the boob we are back on track!

How did you feed your baby? How did you safe your nipples?

Part 2 of 'Get your tits out' will be discussing feeding in public. ๐Ÿ˜

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Experience of my first few days with Immie

Three weeks ago I was lucky enough to give birth to my baby girl. It was a very quick labour, so quick we just about made it to the hospital. I was screaming 'I need a poo' at the door of the maternity unit, desperate to get in to see a midwife, turns out that was the babies head. After just 20 minutes at the hospital, and just 2 paracetamol, baby Immie was born. I was in shock after such a quick birth, if I am honest, I didn't feel that instant rush of love, but throughout that day and the next my love grew. She was/is amazing.

I've heard, through many of my friends who have had children, that the first night home is crazy. These people were not lying! We arrived home at 7pm and were visited that night by members of my partners family. It was lovely to show my baby off, and I was still very awake and high from the birth. When it came to bedtime it was a different story! Imogen would not sleep and, if she was asleep, she would wake at least every hour. If she was asleep, I was awake checking that she was still breathing. When 6am came I was relieved to see sunlight. It was a scary first night but it has got better. A lack of sleep comes hand in hand with a baby, but it is worth it!

The next day we were just in awe of this human being that we had made! 2 days later I found myself crying at just how beautiful she was!

Did you feel that instant hit of love? How was your first night with your baby? Please comment and let me know!

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