Hey, it's time for the seventh Carnival of Breastfeeding! This month, in honour of Father's day, we have some great posts (listed below) looking at the role that dads play during breastfeeding.
So without further ado, here's my contribution:
My Hubby, My Best Breastfeeding Buddy!
How did my hubby support my first tentative attempts at breastfeeding?
Well I guess you could say if it hadn't been for his unwavering support I may well never have breastfed for so long. He did all the things a supportive husband of a breastfeeding mum does. He made sure I always had a glass of water by my side, cooked endless meals over the first few weeks, saw to the visitors and insisted I rested plenty.
Never once did he question my decision to breastfeed, nor did he ever ask me when I intended to stop; as far as he was concerned that decision was one for me to make.
That doesn't mean we didn't discuss it.
Of course we did, mostly during the dark days when I felt exhausted from sleep deprivation or suffered from yet another bout of mastitis. Occasionally he felt duty-bound to point out that I needed to take care of myself too, not just the new baby... but ultimately he respected how much my decision to breastfeed meant to me and he let me get on with it.
As our family has grown (now we are on number three!) and breastfeeding has become part and parcel of family life, I often ponder on how different things may have turned out if I'd formula fed. In fact, just this morning my seven year old quipped, "Mummy, isn't it a good job you had Jack, because if you hadn't had him them you'd never have had BreastFeedingMums".
How true - and somehow I can't see myself as the owner of FormulaFeedingMums. LOL
When I told Stan about this month's Carnival he was bemused that I wanted him to write on my blog - and I must confess I was hesitant because his writing style is oh so different to mine (Have a peep at his blog to see what I mean!!).
However, he happily obliged and here's what he had to say (By the way, I was sorely tempted to edit it a lot, but I thought it was too good an opportunity to share with everyone what I have to put up with LOL :
My wife is pretty fantastic person as well as being a fantastically pretty person.
For the past seven years she has been able to function remarkably well on a mere 4 hours sleep a week.
I wouldn't say that she functions 'normally' as such, but then again she has got three mad children and me to wash, dress, cook for, clean up after and tuck into bed at night, so I'm really not complaining.
As for support? I try to remember to help out every once in a while:
Put the bin out (every other week). Cut and strim (three times a year).
On four occasions I have stepped into the florists to make the ultimate sacrifice: I bought a large bouquet.
I don't know as much as I probably should about breastfeeding, but one thing I do know is that babies need breastfed to help build their immune systems. When Jack was only 9 weeks old we all spent an anxious few nights in hospital while he got over a serious lung infection.I still shudder to think how bad it could have got if he hadn't been getting his hourly doses of Supermilk(TM).
Don't forget to check out more great stories about dads and breastfeeding from the sites listed below and make sure to check back regularly throughout the day as more posts will be added as and when they become available!
- Tanya at Motherwear blog gives us The Carnival of 1.
- Angela at Breastfeeding 1-2-3 contributes "A Father's Take on Breastfeeding: Perception versus Reality."
- Andi at Mama Knows Breast contributes Dads and Breastfeeding - My Husband, My Co-Author.
- Jennifer at The Lactivist gives us Fathers and Breastfeeding - The Importance of Seconds.
- Leisa at Down with the Kids (writing from Australia) contributes "Mother's Milk: A Dad's Perspective."
- Kelli at Nursing Your Kids writes about the "Partnership" involved in breastfeeding.
- Jessica at hepatitis-epi contributes her story about "Fathers and Breastfeeding."
- Amy at Musings of a Crunchy Domestic Goddess contributes, "My Hubby, The Lactivist."
- Mike at Fine Whine gave us "Feeding on the Outrage, or, Where are all the Boobs?"