New Guest Post Series! #BreastfeedingStories

#BreastfeedingStories

I am so excited to introduce a brand new Guest Post Series on the blog #BreastfeedingStories. Launching this week in collaboration with Medela who I am proud to say I have just joined as a Medela Mum, the guest post series is an opportunity to bring together breastfeeding stories from other mums who have breastfeeding experiences that they would like to share. Medela is a brand that I love and have previously collaborated with so am really pleased to be working with again!

I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed my first baby for ten months, although it wasn’t without its difficulties and challenges in the early stages as I wrote about during my first experience of breastfeeding. But I know from my experience and from talking to others and hearing their stories, that breastfeeding can be so different from one person to another, and even between having a first, second or third (or more) baby. Which is why I think it is so important for us to share these stories and have an honest and true account of breastfeeding, from one parent to another.

It seems there is a never ending debate around breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, and this series is not about breast being best. Because how a parent feeds their child is not what is important. It’s what works best for each mother and baby that is important.

As parents, there’s nothing more powerful than realising that someone else out there has had or is having a similar experience to you. So if you’ve got a breastfeeding story you would like to share as part of the series please get in touch with me at mypetitcanard@hotmail.com or on Twitter. I’d love to help you share your #BreastfeedingStories.

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  1. February 15, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Oh this is such an emotive topic – I breastfed my first daughter beautifully and then my 2nd little girl came along and i struggled and struggled and cried and cried as just couldn’t feed her – i had a long 6 weeks before my midwife sat with me and cried too bless her and just begged me to stop – she wasn’t not doing her job as pro breastfeeding she just sympathised with my struggle … and then came along my little boy and I breastfed him beautifully – i’ll never understand why i had such a struggle with my little Ella other than she did develop a strong overbite so just wonder whether her little mouth couldn’t latch – but its heartbreaking as a parent to not be able to feed how they want to – and that is the crux of my argument really – every mother should have her choice xx #marvmondays xx
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  2. February 15, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I’m really looking forward to this series! I love to hear people’s breastfeeding experiences. I’m one of the lucky ones who has had a great breastfeeding journey, but it definitely isn’t easy! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Oh thanks lovely, I’m so glad to hear it πŸ™‚ I think it makes a real difference when you are able to read about others experiences first hand. I’m one of the lucky ones too, but I know lots of others have really struggled and I think it really helps when you know that you aren’t going through things alone x

  3. February 15, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I’m really nervous about the prospect of breastfeeding, so will follow this series with interest! Who knows, I might contribute myself one day! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Don’t be! I think it’s one of those things that you have to approach open minded and go with the flow a little. Hopefully you’ll find the series helps put your mind at ease πŸ™‚

  4. Katie
    February 15, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Oooo sounds exciting. Mine was amazing and I had to give it up much sooner than I wanted and felt so terrible and guilty but she just was not getting what she needed from me.

    #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks lovely. You’re not alone, that’s happened to so many people I know, but sometimes it’s just seems to be the way it is. It was like that for me towards the end too and the guilt was much worse than the actual giving up!

  5. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    February 15, 2016 / 10:02 am

    “Because how a parent feeds their child is not what is important. It’s what works best for each mother and baby that is important”.

    I absolutely whole heartedly agree with this. I breast fed one baby and formula fed the other two (long story but basically different baby different circumstances). All three are beautiful and thriving πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you, I really believe it is true. I think some people get caught up and focus on the wrong thing, so its great to share stories like yours that show it really doesnt make a difference in the end πŸ™‚

  6. February 15, 2016 / 10:21 am

    I think sharing breastfeeding stories is vital. I had two very different experiences with both of mine which I think was partly down to the support I recieved in the community. First time I struggled but I had a midwife who kept saying breast is best and would not listen to my struggles. Second time I was able to breastfeed but I had a very supportive midwife who made it clear that what is most important that mum and baby are happy #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Its so terrible that you had a difficult time first time round and an unsupportive midwife who probably made everything so much worse. Pressure like that on new mums is wrong and so unfair. Unfortunately you are not the first person that I’ve heard have the type of experience. Its so great to see that you had a much more positive experience second time round, and better still a supportive midwife! If you ever feel like sharing your story I’d live to have it on the guest post series πŸ™‚

  7. Kate
    February 15, 2016 / 11:01 am

    This sounds like a brilliant idea – I love reading individual experiences especially with things like pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding. I think it’s so important for women not to feel alone if their experience doesn’t match up exactly with the ‘how to’ books. Congrats on becoming a Medela Mum. πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you, so chuffed and excited about working with Medela and this guest post series πŸ™‚ I totally agree that reading others experiences are so much more meaningful and comforting!

  8. February 15, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Good luck with your new series πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you lovely! I always think so πŸ™‚

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Me too! I think its amazing how people can have such different experiences. Really hoping I have an equally successful time second time round, fingers crossed! x

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you, I really hope so! Theres nothing like sharing stories and experiences as a parent πŸ™‚

  9. February 15, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Im really interested to read some of this series, despite being a ‘failed breastfeeder’ – I love a good guest post!! As you say, I think it’s really interesting to see what works for each mother. Thanks for highlighting that that’s the point of the series, and not the breast vs. Bottle debate πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Im so pleased you said that! I really wanted to make the point that this isnt an exclusive guest series for people that want to/can/do breastfeed, but actually its about sharing experiences whether positive or not so positive. Its so important that we talk honestly about all our different experiences. That is so much more valuable (I think) πŸ™‚

  10. Rhyming with wine
    February 15, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    this is such a brilliant idea for a series. i found it so incredibly difficult at first with my daughter as i had illusions of this pain free natural bonding experience. the reality of the first couple of weeks, traumatised after a difficult labour, hormonal, and very very sore while the little lady worked out how to do it, was a bit of a shock to say the least. For me it was worth it, and after that first very painful couple of weeks it was amazing and totally comfortable and we both really got into it. there is so much pressure from the Breastfeeding feeding police out there though and it can make you feel so isolated and guilty at such a vulnerable time if things don’t quite go as you hope. I’m sure that this series will bring so much support to other mums. I’ll look forward to reading xx

    thanks for hosting.
    Dawn x
    #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      Thank you lovely! It sounds like we both had a really similar breastfeeding journey.. tough at the start, but so worth it after those first difficult weeks. Really looking forward to sharing your post as part of the series, it’ll be great to see it in rhyme form! x

      • Rhyming with wine
        February 17, 2016 / 5:58 am

        thank you emily. I’m really thrilled that you’re featuring me!

        dawn x

        ps… Apologies for the lack of capital letters in my comments. for some bizarre reason i can’t type capitals whenever i comment on your page? i think I may have broken the Internet! :0)
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  11. February 15, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    This is a great idea. I think it is so important to share stories, the good and the bad! NOT TO PUT PEOPLE OFF, BUT TO show that you can have a bad experience and that is fine and often completely normal and you shouldn’t put yourself down.
    I will definitely send you my post when I am finally done with it!
    #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Thats exactly it. I hope that mothers who tried and couldnt breastfeed and those that didnt breastfeed, get as much value from it as those that did/were able to. Its completly about sharing experiences, whatever those may be. Looking forward to sharing your post πŸ™‚ x

  12. February 15, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    This sounds really interesting – I would definitely be interested in contributing to this series and I’m looking forward to reading what others have to say, too. I love the spirit of openness and sharing experiences that you are creating. πŸ™‚
    x Alice
    #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Hi Alice, that would be wonderful! The most stories we can share the greater this series will be. I really do hope that it creates ann honest and open dialogue on the different experiences we can all have from breastfeeding. Ill drop you an email with some details πŸ™‚

  13. February 15, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Argh! I saw this post when I was on the train to work this morning, and i published a breastfeeding post just the other day (I’ve linked it up to Marvellous Mondays!) otherwise I would definitely do a guest post. I feel like I’ve said all i can on the subject for the moment and I don’t want to end up writing the same thing!
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      Oh imagine that for timing! Ill look forward to reading it on Marvellous Mondays then. although im happy to feature guest posts that are already on bloggers blogs as well.. πŸ™‚

  14. February 15, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    What a lovely idea…..I think support plays such a huge part in breast feeding, look forward to reading the series. Thanks for hosting #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you! It absolutely does. Hopefully lots of other mums find it useful πŸ™‚

  15. February 15, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    What a great idea, it’ll be perfect for new mums who’re going through everything for the first time! #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Thank you again, I really do hope so πŸ™‚

  16. February 15, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    What a great series for anyone starting out on their baby journey. I breast fed all 6 of mine but would never judge anyone who chose not to or found they couldn’t manage it, as Mums we just do the best we can #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 15, 2016 / 11:52 pm

      Wow, thats amazing Fiona!I do hope that lots of other mums find it useful, I know I would if I was thinking about breastfeeding for the first time πŸ™‚

  17. Silly Mummy
    February 16, 2016 / 12:34 am

    I think it will probably be helpful for anyone who wants to do it but is finding it hard to realise just how many people do find it hard. I successfully breastfed both of mine long term, littlest only just finishing now, but I wouldn’t say it was easy, and first few weeks with eldest were really hard. I personally felt that what you are told glosses over the fact that it is often hard and takes quite a while to get going successfully. And you get told stuff that is just untrue too – like it never hurts if it is working right. My youngest always hurt – her latch was right, she was feeding successfully, I had her checked repeatedly for tongue tie, it just always hurt. I believe making it sound ‘easy’ and ‘natural’ is probably one of the most detrimental things to breastfeeding rates – i think it makes people assume they are doing something wrong, everyone else is doing it easily, they are starving their baby and should stop. Which is fine if they want or need to stop, but I do wonder if some people who really wanted to breastfeed get discouraged by unrealistic expectations, and actually could have done it if they’d known their experience was not uncommon and would get better. With my first, I used to express too for dad to give some feeds, and I used a medela pump – they’re very good. #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 22, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      I completely agree! The whole first difficult 6ish weeks is pretty much glossed over and you are told or have the perception that it shouldnt hurt if you are doing it right. But we had a really similar experience, a difficult and very painful first 6 weeks followed by the most easy and natural breastfeeding experience. I persevered, but I very easily could have given up and perhaps at some points possibly wanted to. I agree that a more realistic picture of what to expect and what to do in the early days would probably help a lot more mums get through the tough first bit and/or not beat themselves up if they choose to stop..

  18. Lady Nym
    February 16, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Great idea for a series of guest posts. I had an awful beginning to breastfeeding Tyger but ended up breastfeeding him for about 17 months. I had an easier start with Bear but didn’t feed him for as long in the end. I’d be quite interested in writing about it all again now I’ve had a bit of distance and it’s not so raw. I did write this blog post http://www.tygerbearandme.com/?p=67 about breastfeeding in public and I touched on the struggles I had with TYger but it’s very full of anger and I’d like to write something a little less ranty!

    #MarvMondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 22, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Thanks lovely. I think it could be quite powerful and cathartic to share those experiences and stories. I would love for you to share your breastfeeding story on the series πŸ™‚ I’m sure it would be quite nice for you to also see how your feelings and perception may or may not have moved on since then too. Let me know if you’d like to write something, I’d love to share it x

  19. Mum in Brum
    February 16, 2016 / 10:14 am

    What a great idea for a series! I’m sure this will be really popular and provide a source of support for mums with newborns trying to get to grips (or not) with breastfeeding. Looking forward to the posts! #MarvMondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 16, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you, I really do hope so! πŸ™‚

  20. February 16, 2016 / 10:47 am

    I’d love to take part in this & will def be in touch! #marvmondays

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 16, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Fantastic! I’d love to share your post πŸ™‚ x

  21. Ky
    February 17, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    What a great idea. I had a lot of trouble at the beginning but now over 18 months later I’m still breastfeeding! I thought we might stop once Clem turned one but she’s showed no sign of wanting to stop. I look forward to reading about other peoples journeys.x #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 18, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you think so πŸ™‚ What a great story, go you for breastfeeding for so long! Its a great achievement and is one of the things that surprises me the most about breastfeeding -that you just cant predict how long you will breastfeed for. Each journey is so unique to mother and baby.. I cant wait to share peoples stories on the blog. If you’re ever interested in sharing yours let me know, it would be great to have you join πŸ™‚ x

  22. February 17, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    My story is that I wanted to breastfeed and intended to do so but just could not do it well and it got me so downhearted that my husband worried about my mental wellbeing and got bottles and formula. It was good of him to make the decision that I clearly needed. The liberation when a midwife said I could make the choice with my second baby was immense.

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 22, 2016 / 1:20 am

      Oh lovely, its sad to hear that you didnt have the most positive experience with breastfeeding. I do think that we and perhaps society sometimes put a lot of pressure on us to breastfeed and actually it becomes more about what we can and cant do, rather than the breastfeeding itself when the focus needs to be on what works for the individual mum and baby. I’m glad that you and your family were able to make the right decisions for you, and that you had the support of your midwive, that really does make such a difference x

  23. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    February 20, 2016 / 8:14 am

    What a great series! I struggled breastfeeding my eldest as she was premature but do glad I persevered as we continued to 16 months. Such a precious time for us both. Let me know if you’d like me to contribute and thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 21, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Thank you Michelle, and what a great stroy and experience. That is an amazing amount of time, and most definitely precious. I would love for you to contribute, I really think our experiences can help others – we should totally share our joy, as well as our struggles πŸ™‚ x

  24. Charlotte
    February 22, 2016 / 9:51 am

    This is great, I love that you’re doing this. I had a completely different experience with all 3 of mine. My first was wonderful and the other 2 were so tricky, i’d be more than happy to share my story with you if you are in need of any more! Look forward to reading other people’s stories x

    • My Petit Canard
      Author
      February 22, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’m so excited about the series, I think it’ll be great to share so many people’s experiences. It sounds like you had a really interesting few different experiences with it yourself. It would be fantastic for you to share them on the blog πŸ™‚ I’ll be in touch! X

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