Words from the wonderful Lindsey about her breastfeeding journey
WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROJECT?
I’m a big breastfeeding advocate and want to help to try and normalise extended breastfeeding.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY SO FAR?
We are 3.5yrs in to our breastfeeding journey. I never planned on breastfeeding for this long but have followed Evelyn’s lead with it and she doesn’t want to stop yet. We had a tricky start with Evelyn being diagnosed with lip and tongue tie at around 5 months and then had them revised at 6 months. She then wore a cranial helmet for plagiocefaly until 14 months. Which meant having to adjust feeding positions. We now co sleep and she is fed to sleep through the night.
A bond like no other
I can remember joking with my nan that I’d be breastfeeding Evelyn till she was 4. I never in a million years thought that it might actually happen! But here we are, Evelyn will be 4 in December and she still loves her ‘mimi’. I’ve wanted to stop breastfeeding since Evelyn turned 1 but she was very slow to take an interest in food. I’ve mostly followed her lead with it but have cut down to only a few feeds through the night. Although I love breastfeeding and the incredible bond it’s created between Evelyn and it, I’m done with it and have been for a while, Evelyn definitely isn’t though and that’s okay. It’s honestly heartbreaking trying to stop her having it, seeing how sad and upset she gets when I’m taking away her comfort. So, for now we shall continue this journey and hopefully in the not so distant future I might get my body back.
Wonderful photos by the lovely @hudsonandrosephotography as part of a breastfeeding project for world breastfeeding week earlier this summer. - Lindsey