Lockdown for some has meant that families have had more time together at home than ever before, which has been of real benefit to breastfeeding families. Many mums have found protected time to breastfeed with fewer visitors and more time at home, and families have had more quality time together.
Here is an introduction to the breastfeeding campaign from our Infant Feeding Lead, Clare Whitehead:
Now it’s over to our mums – take a look at these positive breastfeeding lockdown stories shared by local mums and families:
Breastfeeding during lockdown has really helped me in terms of my mental health. As a first time mum it was a horrible feeling at 6 months to lose our routine – our baby classes, meeting other mum friends, seeing my family. I was so anxious and upset about what lockdown would mean for my little boy and how we would adapt to staying at home. But continuing to breastfeed has given me a sense of normality in these uncertain times. Lockdown has also meant that I am no longer rushing out the door to get to a baby class or do the shopping and so I’ve really embraced taking the time to simply feed my son to sleep and let him nap on me. It might sound small, but these moments are precious and I really appreciate them now. It’s not how I imagined my maternity leave would pan out, but lockdown has given me the time to pause and reflect on my breastfeeding journey and realise how far me and my chunky little 8 month old have come.Nikki, Wirral mum of 8 month old little boy. Watch Nikki’s story below.
I am a reassigned member of staff within Wirral Community currently, and a breastfeeding mum to a 16 month old little boy, Elijah. It’s been a challenge, but between busy worklife, I have found the time to express to be able to continue to provide milk and feed whilst not home. Just something I feel should be recognised as I’m sure I’m not the only healthcare professional who is still feeding a small one.Gemma, Mum and WCHC colleague
I have breastfed for almost a year now, after a 10 week struggle with latch etc. I exclusively pumped for 10 weeks until we got Henry’s tongue tie sorted and since then he’s been exclusively breastfed. I was very emotional when I knew I’d have to reduce breastfeeding to return to work and was dreading weaning him off. Thankfully having the extra time with him during lockdown has meant he’s naturally weaned himself off, and will just have one breast feed a day at about 5.00am when he gets in our bed for his morning cuddle. Something I dreaded so much has actually been a much more positive experience because of my extra time during lockdown.Gina, Wirral mum.
Here we are at 17 months enjoying long morning feeds, afternoon naps together. I’m a key worker working from home, but I’ve made sure I’ve taken holidays to make the most of lockdown and being at home. It’s been stressful, and hugely challenging but the silver lining is, that being at home has been an opportunity to continue breastfeeding, giving my little girl lots of protection, cuddles and bonding together.Wirral Mum Vicky