As I've mentioned before on the blog I'm always happy to promote brands that encourage and support breastfeeding. After a rough start, breastfeeding really is something I feel quite passionate about. It's also something that is certainly not easy (to begin with for sure) and even at almost two we have our issues, not physical issues now but boundary ones now and again.
Early this year I stayed away over night from Wilf for the first time ever. He was 18 months and going though a phase of breastfeeding every few hours it seemed. As well as the general anxiety of leaving him for two days I was really worried about how I was going to cope with not breastfeeding for that amount of time. Anyone who has gone through Mastitis will know how the thought of getting it again can you make you shudder. I wrote a little about my experience of being away from him and pumping here.
My neighbour was kind enough to lend me her Medela pump for the stay. I'd attempted pumping a couple of times previously and always given up because it was just to laborious and essentially I ended up with very little milk at the end of a few hours work. I had heard really good things about the Medela pumps anyway but was really impressed at the speed and comfortableness of the pump. I was also amazed at how much I was able to pump, I threw away two bottles an evening (such a waste!). In fact I was so amazed a Instagramed a photo at the time (I'm not sure if that's weird or not!).
Sioned Hilton is Medela’s lactation consultant is on hand for an hour between 8-9pm tonight for Babyworld's breastfeeding cafe which you can see more on here. It is essentially a place where mums can go for trusted advice, and to share tips with others. Each month they run a theme and this month it’s returning to work, so they will be talking about building up a supply by expressing and people’s experiences of continuing breastfeeding beyond maternity leave.
Sioned will be there to answer any questions mums might have about breastfeeding. They also take questions through Facebook and Twitter so if you want to join in the chat then you can join in using the #breastfeedingcafe hashtag!
Medela are sponsoring me to attend Blogfest in a few weeks time, although I won't be staying over and expressing this time I would really recommend their pumps if you are in the line for one!