Sarah & Laura
"The truth is that breastfeeding is much harder than I expected it to be. I did think it was going to be hard, but very early on I got mastitis and a staph infection, so we were re-admitted to hospital. Because of all the trouble that we had, my baby ended up losing more weight than she should have.
There is a lot of support out there for breastfeeding mothers, you just need to ask for it. From the moment that we were on the ward after birth, I was asking the midwives and breastfeeding experts for help. In the following days and weeks, I saw a midwife, heath visitor and a lactation specialist and asked them for advice constantly. You've really got to be your own advocate and ask for help if you need it." - Laura
"The truth is that there are many reasons why people choose to breastfeed. My reality was that I chose to breastfeed for convenience. It worked for me and my daughter, and I'm super glad that I chose to do it!
When it came to returning to work, breastfeeding became harder. There was so much to consider. Firstly, I needed a power supply to pump and there weren’t any private rooms that had that in my office at the time. I then had to transport my expressed milk home and keep it cool. Ultimately, pumping breastmilk at work was far harder than I imagined." - Sarah