Angie + Baby T’s Story: Transitioning to BFing from a GI tube + with Hypotonia

Here is a great post from Angie about her gorgeous little boy Thomas and their incredible BFing journey despite some real complications and very stressful situations:

“Hello! I came across this great resource, and thought it might be the place to share my experience of breastfeeding a baby with hypotonia (low muscle tone) – mainly because I found it virtually impossible to get any info for my sons particular uniqueness when I was trying to breastfeed! This maybe particularly helpful to those whose babies have a GI tube and wonder whether they can transition to breast – the answer is yes you can! So here goes:

My son Thomas was born at term, after a difficult and long labour with ventouse delivery. I won’t go into the specific traumas of this itself, except to say that he wouldn’t latch on and was quickly taken to neonatal unit where we were told he had hypotonia (also known as low muscle tone or ‘floppy baby syndrome’). The underlying reasons for this can be vast, and so began a long ordeal of trying to establish an underlying cause, however once again I digress as this is not what this is about.

In the early days in NNU he was being tube fed, so I got underway with expressing, to ensure he had the all important colustrum, which felt particularly important with him being poorly. Around day 3-4 though I managed to get him to latch on, and eventually managed to establish a pattern of feeding so that by day 14 we could go home. (We were awaiting many test results still at this stage). It is important to point out that there were a few hiccups during trying to establish breastfeeding – Thomas would have coughing fits and sometimes appeared as if he maybe choking, however we had no assessment from speech and language feeding time at this time, so I was still oblivious to the potential for aspiration.

We had been home for 3 days, and Thomas was very unsettled, and had quite a noisy stridor, particularly after feeding, it was almost as if he sounded a bit wet. We decided we would take him into our A and E, given we had no diagnosis for his low tone, which meant we were ultra paranoid about what could be wrong with him anyway. This was a big mistake and things got very quickly out of hand – alhtough his blood sugars were normal, and there was no sign of anything on his chest, the A and E doctor thought it best to admit us overnight to be on the safe side. Upon admission to the ward, Thomas was forcibly removed from me and I was told under no uncertain terms that he would have to be given a course of antibiotics ‘just in case’. And no I could no longer breastfeed him, he was going to have another GI tube put down. This was devastating to me, and at 5am I sat there listening to him screaming as they forced a canula into his tiny foot.

The next day we were visited by speech and language feeding specialist, who on the basis of a five minute assessment decided that I couldn’t breast feed and the tube was staying in. What followed was probably the worst few days of my life with specialist after specialist coming in, documenting his features and looking pitifully at me whilst saying they had no idea what was wrong with Thomas.

I was determined that Thomas would have breastmilk and so expressed throughout – hoping beyong hope that I would be able to put him back on the boob at some point.

We were discharged after a week, with instructions on how to feed at home through the GI tube – which was an ordeal in itself. In the meantime my HV put me in touch with the breast feeding co ordinator for the area so I could borrow a sturdy pump for home. She was like an angel to me – she couldn’t understand how Thomas could feed one minute and not the next, and she encouraged me not to give up hope and said she would schedule a meeting with speech and language who had banned me from breastfeeding, once she had done a bit of research.

She did this and in the meantime, visited me at home suggesting different positions, and MOST crucially making sure Thomas was swaddled to enable him to focus all his energy on purely feeding. Afterwards when we were alone, Thomas was rooting and I thought I would just try him back on the breast and see what happened – I had been tempted a few times but terrified that he would aspirate and choke. Lo and behold he seemed fine.
In secret (I didn’t dare tell anybody such was my fear) I put him on the breast for longer and longer periods, until the day of the meeting with speech and language feeding expert and the breastfeeding co ordinator, where I was able to demonstrate him feeding for at least 10 minutes!

I was so proud of myself that day, and it was the first time I truly believed he would be able to get back onto being breastfed fully. It took me the best part of a month transitioning, trying to work out based on his weight etc how much to put down the GI tube depending on how much time he had spent on the breast. Then we went overnight, and finally the day came when he hadn’t anything down the tube for over a week, and the nurse came to remove it. I was delighted but also anxious. I thought what if it all goes wrong again. But thankfully we never looked back, and I am happy to tell you that Thomas is now a healthy happy three year old, who only gave up the breast earlier this year because I am expecting number 2 anytime!

Sorry for the essay, but I found it particularly hard to get any help or info on whether it was even possible to transition from a GI tube to the breast, particularly with the outlook of hypotonia with no diagnosis. So if this story does anything, I want it to give hope that it is possible, although hard work, (for me the hardest thing I ever did in my life) but the rewards are worth it and I would do it all over again as Thomas has never needed antibiotics or been poorly despite his low tone issues.”

On Being Paid To Breastfeed…

Yesterday, when the breastfeeding vouchers story hit the headlines, I reacted – like many others – with sheer outrage. Being paid to breastfeed? Nuts! How on earth would that help you get through the pain, the tears, the blood and sweat and sheer agony at 3am in the morning? According to research the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding by 6months despite an initially high take up straight after birth. Due to the many proven benefits for both mum, baby – and the NHS – there is a desire to encourage breastfeeding and try to halt the rapid drop off . Apparently only 1% of babies are exclusively breastfed at 6months. I would be interested to know the figures at 12mo.

From speaking to other mums – both yesterday and previously – it was clear that where they’d benefited (or not, as was the case) was from excellent local support and advice. Whether through midwives, Health Visitors, GP, peer supporters, lactation consultants or local groups. However funding for this sort of support and advice is often threatened and there does not seem to be enough to go round. Therefore my logic was simple – instead of “paying” women to breastfeed, why not put that funding into support and advice?

That’s where I went wrong with my thinking! The media had us so hepped up with outrage that I missed a crucial piece of information. This is a scientific study to look into the benefits of financial incentives to increase breastfeeding rates. It is NOT government policy – they are not taking money from funding to support this. In fact, it shows some forward thinking on the behalf of the NHS to test out a potential plan before then rolling it out willy nilly – so that it doesn’t waste time and money. After a lengthy debate on twitter and reading this well written piece, the following question really had me thinking:

 If it does increase rates, will I still disagree with it?

Well no, obviously not – that would be rather shortsighted of me! However this is where my thinking is going about all of this.

Positives

  • Raising awareness of breastfeeding in the media and generally – this can be no bad thing. Breastfeeding – and extended breastfeeding seems to have an extremely negative perception in this country. Why, I’m not sure, but it seems slightly crazy given the access to bare breasts in traditional media (Nuts, Zoo and Page 3 – yes, I’m looking at you). Ah yes, because breastfeeding is not sexy, it’s not a way of selling something. They’re being used for something other than titillation (!)
  • More motivation to breastfeed – the money – £200 in vouchers is not given in a lump sum. It’s weighted – an initial £120 amount and then smaller amounts of £40. That’s a decent amount to some people – and something I can’t relate to because I’m in the fortunate position of not being reliant on £40 to pay for crucial food, bills, medication, nappies, childcare, rent etc. So instead of sneering at this amount, I actually feel a bit ashamed – although I do think the amount seems paltry given how much breastfeeding does. So anyway, it will encourage people to feed for longer to get that extra money to pay for much needed things. (I am sorry if this sounds hideously patronising, I don’t mean it to be, it’s tricky to write without sounding like a hideously middle class guardianista)
  • More demand for support as a result – if people are wanting to BF for longer, they are also going to requite some more support. This will place demand on already over-stretched local services. Hopefully if the scheme is rolled out nationally they will be forward thinking enough to look at this issue and put in place more funding for specialist midwives, consultants and training peer supporters etc.
  • Placing a visible value on breastfeeding – logically, something that you have to pay for always seems to have more value than something that is free. Which is slightly bonkers when it comes to breastfeeding, but does make sense.  For example, the purchasing value of breastmilk – for milk banks etc within hospitals (unless they receive donations of milk – which I encourage anyone to do) is around £1 /ml. I used to pump for Baby Thor for nursery – approx 300ml a day. Thats £300. I have pumped upto a litre a day. That’s a lot of money and a lot of milk. Perhaps this will contribute to changing perceptions also.

Concerns

  • Will it really result in sustained breastfeeding rates?  I am uncertain about this. I can see an increase in initial take up of breastfeeding, particular in areas where breastfeeding may not be the norm. But, to be blunt, breastfeeding can be really bloody demanding and exhausting. I don’t think people continue with it because of the savings on formula or whatever. Will money be enough without the support alongside to encourage people. This leads me on to….
  • Further demand on overstretched resources… The mums on the scheme will not have to “prove” that they are breastfeeding, they will simply be asked by the midwife or health visitor. However if the mums are determined to continue breastfeeding, they may well need local support to check latch or positioning, to diagnose what can be very complex tongue and lip ties, to advise on thrush or mastitis or blocked nipples, to help with advice on feeding public, being bitten and anything and everything in between. If this support is not there, will the money be enough to help mums persevere through difficult times?
  • Guilt…Failure…Giving Up. Words I have heard from so many friends and other mums who have not achieved their breastfeeding aims. It saddens me so much. How will this scheme combat this and not end up putting even more pressure on mums during a difficult and sensitive time? Breastfeeding is hard. If I was struggling and having various issues, wouldn’t the pressure of knowing we were reliant on the money make me feel even worse. And if I gave up and we lost the money? What message does that send to women – to other mothers and mothers to be? Its leading to a sort of not only have you “failed” (and I don’t agree with that term but it’s one that is used) your child but you’ve also lost out on money.  I have many concerns about this.

In summary, this is just a study – and with a very small number of mums – 130. I would like to hope that we’ve slightly got the wrong end of the stick about this study. That alongside the financial incentives there will be decent, specialised, local support from appropriate people who can help these mums. In my opinion, on the whole, breastfeeding support very much needs a holistic approach. A mum may have a very obvious physical problem but helping and encouraging her with whatever she wants to do needs a much broader approach – often psychological and supportive – nurturing even. Information and guidance is one thing but sometimes a friendly face and a cup of tea is another to support her on her breastfeeding journey.

I hope one day that breastfeeding won’t be a point of discussion. People either do or don’t – it’s their choice but there is support and help if needed.

Just my thoughts, let me know yours.

Better Late Than Never…

So, you might have noticed that i have not posted in almost two months <blush> for this, I am very sorry. Please accept my apologies. Baby Thor went from a fairly-easy-to-entertain and having-some-naps-during-the-day to an almost toddler in the blink of an eye. We are now:

  • Sitting unaided
  • Standing when holding on to stuff
  • Bum shuffling
  • Commando crawling
  • Requiring constant attention as to how amazing our small self is

None of which contributes to getting much blogging done. Also, foolishly, we are moving house, which in itself is like having another small but very expensive child in terms of time-suck activities. Oh and negotiating new working hours, mustn’t forget that And then throw in all the extra bonus things I might like to get done such as:

  • Laundry. Weaning onto solids seems to cause my laundry pile to quadruple within minutes.
  • Cooking. Cf weaning onto solids. And food for grown up dinner (yes, I know BLW could solve all this but try telling baby thor that, he didn’t read the manual)
  • Tidying, food shopping and other house-hold admin
  • Contemplating taking a shower, going to the bathroom and otherwise taking care of myself. This is always bottom of the to-do list!

However on the positive news front the following things have happened:

  • Baby Thor has slept through the night (12hrs) TWICE
  • I have had a NIGHT OUT for the first time since January 19th 2012
  • I went to work for the day and Baby Thor behaved for my mum and sister
  • I like bullet points…

So anyway, despite all of the above, I am endeavouring (spell check is underlining this word as incorrectly spelled, I am saying NO to American spell check) to get back into my posting-stories-schedule as I have been meeting lots of mums at my local BFing group and also on the Facebook group. Hopefully there will be some more stories coming your way pronto.

From my own personal breastfeeding experiences, we are still breastfeeding, at over 8 months – woohoo – which some people seem to think of as extended breastfeeding, which is entirely up to them. We have four teeth to contend with also. Which can be a tad painful on occassion and baby thor may learn some delightful new words as a result….And for a comedy moment, last week I was feeding in TK Maxx when the fire alarms went off. About 20 mins later, after being helped out of the store, down the escalators, with the buggy, my friend pointed out that my top was completely open, fully revealing my nursing bra. Hmmmmm – perhaps starting a new fashion? Maybe not!…. 

So that’s all for now, but here’s a couple of recent baby pictures for you all. Don’t forget to send in your drunk milk pictures or breastfeeding pictures to ourbreastfeedingexperiences@gmail.com to add to the gallery!

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Thanks!

Becky + Baby Thor

Post Natal Depression – S’s Journey

Morning everyone – hope you’re having a nice Easter monday; spending time with your families, scoffing lots of chocolate and hot cross buns! Today’s post is on a topic that I’ve been planning to write a few posts on for awhile now – and then very fortuitously the lovely S popped up and asked me if I’d like a guest blog post on post-natal depression.

Although this isn’t a post specifically about breastfeeding, I think it’s probably safe to say that anything that can affect your self esteem like BFing must certainly have an impact on your mood. I don’t know if there is any research into it but I would have thought that if you were susceptible to – or have a history of – mental health issues like anxiety and depression, then difficulties with breastfeeding probably don’t help this. But I’m no doctor or scientist. Anyway, I’ll stop waffling and let S get on with telling you her story…

“I wanted to put this into writing, partly for my own closure but also to help other mummies who may be feeling the same…In December 2009 I was diagnosed with CFS/ME. this was after a lengthy time of feeling poorly and run-down, constantly picking up every infection going. At that time, I thought to myself, I’d never be able to have children..

I started a ME treatment, and the conversation about motherhood came up again and again. I had already told myself I’d be unable to have a healthy pregnancy, as not only did I have the ME but I also have a long-term mental health issue that can play havoc with me at any given moment, without notice. Having the chats with my psychotherapist and ME therapist they tried to make me realise that I could be able to have a baby one day.. It wasn’t until I started going to regular acupuncture that I began to realise that my baby was positively craving a baby! Together with the three different therapists, I started to build up confidence in myself that it was possible.

After only 1 month of trying, I discovered that little faint pink line on the stick that changes people’s lives. My belly started to grow tenfold, and I can’t even begin to explain how relived I was after the 12 week scan- not only was my broken body able to carry a baby, but I could finally get into my much-longed for maternity wear! Psychotherapy cut down to once every few weeks and then to once a month, although I was tired, physically my body was coping well.

Leading up to the birth, I attended NCT and hypnobirthing classes. I’d written a long A4 page full of a birth plan; I was going to have a hypno- waterbirth, no real pain relief to speak of, and my body would know what to do. I’d listen to the hypnobirthing affirmations daily, and my husband obligingly did the relaxation exercises with me. I would have this baby naturally, and pretty much guaranteed on time.

At my 37 week midwife appointment, the baby wasn’t engaged. It’s not uncommon, but the midwife explained the risk of umbilical cord coming out first if my waters were to break. Each subsequent appointment went the same way; 38 week, 39, 40. At 41 weeks I was sent for a scan to find out why the baby still hadn’t engaged. Of course there was no real reason, so after the first of what was to be many sweeps, I was sent on my merry way with a date for induction – 42 weeks. Continue reading

27 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Support Groups Rock!

This is a special post dedicated to my local breastfeeding drop in groups – the Milk Spot service which helps mums across Lambeth, South London and is run by the very fantastic Beverley Radley (check out the award she won here, much deserved!) I wanted to write a post about how fab this service is, because it’s such an amazing service and yet funding is always an issue. If you’re based in Lambeth, click here to find your nearest Milk Spot. Here is also a helpful NCT link with BFing support in SW London.

There is very much a need for this service and, instead of just me banging on about how fabulous it is, you’ve got the words of lots of other mums who use the service. And, I thought, why stop there – why not gather the words of women across the country who use their local BFing drop-ins and how crucial that support is to breastfeeding mums. So here you go!

Milk Spot Testimonials:

I can safely say that without Milk Spot I would not be breastfeeding Baby Thor. It saddens me to think that there are women around the country who can’t access wonderful BFing support because there isn’t the funding, knowledge or training support available. It is a vital part of post-natal support in my opinion. There are too few health visitors and midwives and GPs – and mums – who really understand issues affecting breastfeeding mothers and the tricky early days. After Baby Thor was in SCBU with weightloss and other health issues – and had to have EBM by nose tube/bottle – it was thanks to Beverley and Sally that I managed to learn to breastfeed and wean him off the bottle. We have now been BFing for over 6months. I still attend my milk spot though, at Hitherfield, so I can chat to other mums and perhaps just provide a listening ear and a bit of cheerleading for new mums learning to breastfeed. I hope to train as a peer supporter so I can give back some of  the support I received. Milk Spot has also been good for Baby Thor, I am sure he is such a sociable baby because he has been socialising and meeting other mums and babies since he was 2 weeks old!” Streatham MilkSpot Mum

Milk Spot provided me with invaluable support in the first few weeks and months of breastfeeding. My breastfeeding experience has been very difficult and if it was not for the wonderful, patient and knowledgeable midwifes at the Milk Spot I would have given up. They offer not only practical advice but also emotional support and most importantly encouragement. When I was unable to breastfeed my son at the hospital after he was born I was judged and made to feel like a failure by some staff there. I lost a lot of confidence because of this. Beverly and Sally always made the point of telling me how well I was doing. In addition Milk Spot offers a relaxed and non-judgmental environment to get more confident about breastfeeding in public, meet other mums and share our stories. I would recommend going to a Milk Spot to every new mum whether they struggle with breastfeeding or not.” Streatham MilkSpot Mum Continue reading

Breastfeeding Preemies/Poorly Babies…R’s Advice + Story

Morning everyone!

I am making the most of Baby Thor’s nap time to schedule another post on here for you. Following on from the interest in C.A’s preemie breastfeeding journey and the milk donation post, here’s some more tips and info on establishing BFing with a preemie from another fab preemie mum. Please share and like and email this round – it might just a help a mum or a mum-to-be that you know!

“My son was born by emergency c-section at 38 weeks and spent the next 2 weeks in Intensive care at Kings College Hospital, London. After a few days he was fed my breastmilk via a nose tube, then through a syringe into his mouth, then through a teat / bottle. He also had a dummy from birth (it helps to develop the sucking reflex in babies who can’t be fed normally) and luckily never experienced any breast / nipple confusion or rejection.

Like in all special care baby units the nurses were very keen for mums to breastfeed as it gives the poorly and premature babies a good start. At kings they have 2 nurses specially trained to give support and guidance on breastfeeding and expressing.Other friends who had ‘normal’ births have told me that they got very little / no help with feeding and have often had trouble with expressing, so here are my top tips if you have to / want to express milk* (especially if your baby is in special care)

  • STIMULATE: My son was born on a Saturday night and I was told to start trying to express by the Monday (see below for more on how to express) – the sooner you start stimulating, the sooner your milk will come in. Also, a warm shower where you let the water fall onto your breasts will help get things going. But best of all – sniff your baby! The pheromones your baby produces will get your body making milk. If your baby is in an incubator ask for a sheet that he’s been laying on. I had a brilliant ambulance transfer team who gave me the sheet that my son had been wrapped in straight after he was delivered. It was a bit bloody but all the more effective for that I was told! Also, just looking at your baby or a photo of him if he’s in the SCBU will help get the milk coming.
  • MASSAGE: In the early days, this is the most important part of expressing and people are often not told about it! You can do this before your milk comes in (ie before you can get any milk out of your boobs) and should also do it every time you express for the first week or so. After that time you won’t need to massage as much to make the milk ‘let down’ (start flowing out) – it will ‘let down’ on its own. To massage your breasts, first make a fist in a ‘thumbs-up’ gesture. Gently roll your bent fingers down your breast towards the nipple a bit like you are softly kneading some dough! Keep rolling your fist from the outside edges of your breast towards the nipple. On the lower half of the breast you roll up toward the nipple. Do this all over your breast, rolling from the outer edge toward the nipple. Basically you are trying to stimulate all of the breast tissue to push it’s milk towards the nipple. Massage gently, don’t drag on the skin or bruise yourself. A gentle touch is enough to stimulate the milk ducts.
  • EXPRESS: I was told to try to express by hand at least a few times but didn’t find it very easy. I would recommend that at first you use an electric breast pump (preferably the hospital’s own as they are stronger than most electric pumps you can buy and will get your supply established quickly) and then try manual expressing when you’ve got the hang of the electric pump. Don’t worry about ‘sharing’ the hospital pump – you should be given your own ‘kit’ of equipment to sterilise and look after for all the bits that touch your boob and the milk (eg the cup part that attaches to your nipple, the bottles etc). Use antibac wipes on the rest of the machine and sterilise equipment following the nurses directions. There’s no denying that the first time you express it will feel weird, but it soon becomes second nature.
  • EXPRESS FOR THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME AND AT THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY: The first time you express just try for a few minutes. Maybe 3 minutes on a gentle ‘starting-off’ setting, then 3 more on a stronger suck, then another 3 on the more gentle ‘starting-off’ setting again (9 minutes total per breast). After a week or so you will be able to express for longer and also your milk will be more established so you will get more out at a time. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get much to start with – your baby only needs a tiny amount when they’re first born. It shouldn’t hurt,  so don’t express for so long that you get sore, and ask for help if it’s really hurting – you might have the settings wrong. Express at least 6 times in 24 hours (so every 3 or 4 hours) – make one of the times between 10pm and 2am – this is the time of day that your body sets its milk production levels – if you express during this time your body will make more milk. Don’t forget to massage your breasts before you start to get the milk to ‘let down’ and also gently massage as you express if your breasts feel very hard (engorged) or lumpy (massaging out any blockages to prevent mastitis). Just a reminder,  the suggested amount of times to express milk is for when you are solely expressing milk for your baby – not for if you’re breastfeeding them too!

I expressed milk for about 11 days until I established full breastfeeding with my son and have never had pains or problems with feeding. After using the hospital pumps (which have a very strong suck) my son’s sucking was very mild in comparison! I also came home from hospital with a big bag of my frozen milk (I started expressing before he started eating!) which was very nice as it allowed my husband to enjoy feeding our son too. So don’t despair if your baby has a traumatic start in life – you can still give him your milk even if you can’t hold him to breastfeed. My son is now 14 months old and still breastfeeds twice a day. I have loved breastfeeding him and haven’t really had any problems during that whole time, but I know it’s not so easy for everyone so I start my training to become a breastfeeding peer-supporter in January!

**UPDATE I fed my first son until he was 2 years and 1 month (couldn’t quite bring myself to stop dead on 2 years) and then went on to feed my second son again for 2 years and 1 month (for fairness obviously!) I loved breastfeeding and will do it again if we have any more children.**”

Thanks,

Becky + Baby Thor

A slightly different journey… Breastmilk donation – A.R.’s Story

And now for something completely different! Well, sort of….Have you ever heard of Milk Banks, had an over-supply of breastmilk or had a preemie baby? Well all of those are linked together in the story below from Abi Ross and her story about donating her breastmilk…

“I was inspired to donate milk after my first daughter was in SCBU having arrived 6 weeks early – I had plenty of milk and expressed regularly for her for 6 months as she needed it – and kept feeding her till almost 2.  I knew I produced a lot and wanted to pay back a little for the care we had received for those first two weeks she was in special care. There were so many more, much sicker babies than mine and I knew that giving them EBM would help them no end to grow a lot stronger than on formula.  So for my second I decided that if I could I would donate and give some others the same start mine had – it didn’t matter what the issue the mother may or may not have had it was good for the baby.

Initially my second also had sucking problems to begin with and wasn’t gaining enough.  Therefore at two weeks old I started expressing again.  I was again producing a big surplus for what she needed – small top ups – so thought what better thing to do than give it to babies that need it.  I was already going with it so contacted the milk bank.  I had to go in to the hospital for an appointment anyway so combined it with one of those visits to sort it all out i.e. do the bloods they needed.  They were happy if my hygiene was good to accept the milk in the bags I had been storing it in until I could change to their bottles.  I filled many more than I think they were expecting and still kept a little back for my daughter.

I had to stop a few times as I had a cold on more than one occasion and they don’t want that milk. I only pumped once a day, after the morning feed and got between 6 -10oz.  After a while I was solely pumping for the bank although I could keep some for S if she needed and so had an emergency stash in the freezer!  I had a double pump with variable speed and suction so it was quite efficient and so I still managed to be out of the house at 8.45 to get my oldest to nursery despite expressing in the morning.  I used to set up the steriliser the night before and turn it on and it would stay sealed and sterile until the morning.

I donated from when my LO was 6 weeks old until she was about 6mo – I went away and stopped pumping that week as it didn’t make sense to carry on while I was away.  It was a natural point to stop; S certainly wasn’t affected at all by my donating –  she is healthy and sitting on 75th centiles for height and weight at 10 months old.  It was a good experience and something that was easy for me to do.   Although I couldn’t carry on donating for as long as I would have liked, I was pleased that I was able to donate the early milk in particular, as it is richer so it was the stuff they really wanted.  I hope my litres helped a few babies grow bigger and stronger and it did help me lose a bit more of the baby weight quicker! “

I would have loved to donate milk but didn’t have a big excess. If you’re interested in finding out more about donating, visit the UKAMB website and you can follow them on Twitter. You can also contact your local hospital/SCBU department to see if they will accept it. If you’ve considered donating – or have donated – please do tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks,

Becky + Baby Thor