I know you paid so much attention during our NCT breastfeeding session as you wanted me to succeed with it as much as I did. You knew it was possible I may fail but were happy to go with the flow and if it didn’t work, so be it. That in itself was enough.
However, I did succeed and that massively was due to the love, patience and support you gave me whilst starting to breastfeed. There were so many things you would do to help me and I thank you for each and everyone:
I thank you for letting me cry and trying to help me manually pump my poor sore boobs on the dreaded day 5 when the milk comes in and your hormones plummet. I was a snotty, snivelling wreck and have never cried so much.
I thank you for the words of encouragement in that first week; day and night when I said I wanted to quit and get the bottle. I needed that push to keep going.
I thank you for not just cooking my meals but cleaning up afterwards too as I was chained to the sofa whilst cluster feeding.
I thank you for getting up with me EVERY night to change our girl’s nappy whilst I waited patiently for you to bring her for a feed. This meant I never felt alone.
I thank you for ordering me anything I needed at the drop of a hat. Nipple cream, a manual breast pump. I didn’t need to ask twice.
I thank you for using the manual pump on me when I was tired or struggling to get any breast milk expressed!
I thank you for trying so hard with me to get our girly to take expressed milk from a bottle so you could help me out. It worked at first but she just loved her boobs too much.
I thank you for some mornings letting me have a sleep in, if I was tired or had been feeding more than normal at night.
I thank you for putting up with every sigh, moan or whine when it was getting a bit much and I wanted to do something else or eat with two arms.
I would have never succeeded without your support. It was something I really wanted to do and it is something that is very hard to do alone. We wanted to give our girl the best start in life and for 10 months I hope we did and I thank you a million times for helping me achieve this.
Love you lots.