Having breastfed my daughter for the first 2 years of her life, I am clearly a huge fan of breastfeeding. Besides offering Anna all the nutrients that she needed for the first 6 months, it was also the most incredible bonding experience for both of us. It also changed so much, the first 6 months I was pretty much all Anna needed of wanted. Then with the introduction of solids we dropped the feeding to 4 times a day (just before sleeps), after a year twice a day and the last 6 months once a day before bed.
It was beautiful quiet time. It was the time that nothing else mattered…we snuggled together and felt really connected. It is a huge commitment both physically and emotionally, but so worth it. In many respects it made life a lot easier – much less to think about. If Anna needed feeding no bottles needed sterilising etc…I was right there! Unfortunately our clothing range was still being put together, so I wasn’t as well prepared as I would be today. I still managed well and didn’t have a problem breastfeeding in public. Cover-ups were important to make me feel less exposed.
In the annabella range we have designed a NEW apron that allows you to watch your baby while they feed, or you can just cover them up for a sleep to take away some of the distractions. It is 100% cotton with a nickle free buckle. The subtle and up market design will compliment your annabella breastfeeding tops or dresses. Some of the aprons on the market at the moment I find to be really bright and from past experience, you don’t want to stand out when breastfeeding. It is a private and beautiful time – and you want to be able to do so in a discreet way. I am going to try and write more about breastfeeding over the next few months.
I would like to get tips and pointers from experts in the industry, so if there are questions you would like answering, please pass them my way. I personally found it to be a deeply intuitive time. I loved it and found it the most natural and easy experience. I would love all moms-to-be to experience the same. 2 pointers I have now, and will leave this post there…please ask the nurses on duty to put a wrist band on you and your new born saying “breast fed baby”, and have a doula or lactation consultant at hand to help with the first 24 hours. Relax and enjoy every second – it is a miracle!
Claire from annabella