Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, but it pays to know about problems you may come across, like mastitis.
“I had no idea breastfeeding could be so painful if your baby isn’t latched on correctly. I felt like a failure and I suffered from really cracked nipples at the start too.
Once I spoke to my cousin, who’s a breastfeeding counsellor, things drastically improved, as she showed me how to position Daisy properly. If I’d known in advance, I’d have got advice before the birth. It’s definitely worth seeking support as I’m really enjoying the experience now, despite the bumpy start, and I’m so glad I stuck with it.”
Nichola Benmore, 31, from Suffolk, mum to Lily, 2, and Daisy, 5 weeks
“When Sophie was born the paediatrician noticed a ‘clunk’ in Sophie’s hip when he was checking her over. He thought it would be OK so when Sophie was diagnosed with clicky hip I was quite surprised. I’d never heard of it before but signs can include more creases on one thigh than the other. It’s easily treated if caught early and Sophie now wears a harness, but it doesn’t stop her kicking her legs and enjoying baby massage.”
Stephanie Haughey, 25, from Northern Ireland, mum to Sophie, 3 months