Personal choice is creating a personal feeding route
“It is absolutely fine to change your mind about what you want if what you are doing isn’t working for you or baby.”
Think about the last time you treated yourself. The last time you splashed out on something uniquely tailored and personalised to suit your every need. Everything in life is just that little bit nicer, better or even more special when it is tailored to you, to suit your personality and what you need in your life right now.
It’s time to take ownership of your feeding experience and have fun feeding your baby.
Why create a personal feeding route?
Your personal feeding route enables you to:
- Identify your ultimate goal or outcome as well as your second, third and fourth choice if necessary
- Recognise when to move onto plan B, C or D
- Create an action plan – where to find the support you need
- Look for and find practical solutions – different to the standard information and guidance available
Identify your ultimate goal, as well as your other options
Recognise when to move onto plan B, C or D
For many mums it’s quite surprising how emotional their breastfeeding journey is. It is so difficult to walk away from your ultimate goal when breastfeeding is not going as well as you had hoped it would. This is why it is so important to create a safe word or clause before your baby arrives and you can think clearly. Whilst breastfeeding works really well for many mums, it can take time and practice before everything falls into place. If this happens, it is helpful to know where you are in relation to what you want to achieve and what you need to do to achieve it. Here is a list of common challenges that pop up when what you are doing isn’t working as well as it should and you need to consider plan B, C or D.
When is exclusive breastfeeding not working as well as it should:
- Baby is jaundiced and not getting better
- Baby isn’t producing enough wet and dirty nappies in line with what you’d expect for baby’s age
- Baby isn’t gaining weight as quickly as we would expect
- Baby can’t be put down, is constantly miserable and generally not a happy bunny
- You are sore and breastfeeding is unpleasant, quickly becoming something you dread
- You develop blockages and mastitis
What are your personal feeding route plan options?
You can create your very own personal, a route that works especially for you. Start by creating plan B first and if you have time or like to create a stepping stone type of route, you can add in more pitstops along the way. Plan be is the next best thing to what you’d ultimately like to achieve, which is one step away from it. This means that it is easy to get back on track to your ultimate goal from plan B.
How do I know that what I’m doing is working
This is a great question as I often meet mums who are so happy with what they are doing but feel guilty that they aren’t breastfeeding exclusively. This is where your personal feeding plan really comes into it’s own. The long and short of it is that if your baby is reaching milestones, gaining weight well, that you are happy and have an abundant supply, there is no need to change anything. Infact, it really is nobody’s business how you feed your baby as you are both happy and healthy. You’ll know that it is working because you and baby are happy and feel relaxed and confident about what you are doing. Trust yourself and enjoy what you are doing until it isn’t working anymore and then find something else that does work.
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