My name is Jenny and among other things I am the mother to Daisy, Olive and Rosemary.
We have had a “homebirth philosophy” with the birth of all of our girls although only the second two were born at home. I have been blessed with very supportive friends and family all of whom helped me achieve my breastfeeding goals. I found breastfeeding much easier to establish in a home setting than in the hospital. Being able to get comfortable with my own pillows and snacks, and having an unrushed peaceful first few hours was invaluable. I tandem fed Olive and Rosie, and I think being able to give Olive milk in the first few days after Rosie’s birth made the transition to “big sister” easier on her as it was a way for us to connect like we did before baby. I found breastfeeding to be a great way to get the rest needed after post-partum as well, as it forced me to sit down often, and once I figured out how to feed in a side lying position – even better – nothing quite like spending an afternoon lying on your comfy bed feeding your baby, in the first few days after birth.
I believe that having the right support plays a huge part in successful breastfeeding. From friends and family but if you don’t have that, or if they are unsupportive, Christchurch is really lucky in that we have lots of support groups you can go to for either specific advice, or simply to have a cuppa with other mothers who might be in a similar position to you. You can find out more about these groups here: http://canbreastfeed.co.nz/
Breastfeeding has (and still does) played a big part in the way I mother. It’s used for both nutrition, and comfort. It’s even a part of my job! Currently I am working for The Early Start Project and facilitating their breastfeeding support group for mothers under 24yrs. You can find out more about this group here: www.facebook.com/temahuri , you can even pop in for a chat with me on a Monday morning at the Woolston Plunket Rooms!