I have just come home from my “after birth” check up. It feels great to finally have it done! Beau was of course with me and he was charming the midwife, and I was obviously bragging about what a good baby boy he is. The midwife asked straight away how labour went and after I had told her my story and that it had been problematic she asked if it had led to difficulties breastfeeding. When I told her no, not really (other than sore nipples and difficulties latching on due to his tongue tie) she seemed surprised and said that there is a strong link between traumatic experiences in labour and difficulties breastfeeding. I then realised that all the help that I actually received, both in the hospital by a senior midwife and at home both by a midwife and a breastfeeding consultant, have probably helped me more than I have realised. The midwife that I met today was honest and said that I probably would not have received the same amount of help here in Sweden, unfortunately. Walking home from the health centre I felt so thankful thinking about the support they gave me, even though I didn’t have any major issues. He was eating and gaining weight but they wanted it to be perfect, not only for him but also for me. That is good service and treatment, especially for a new fragile mom.
Above is a little shot of what Beau looked like today when we where out. He was using his new teddy bear beanie for the first time. Isn’t there something with ears on beanies that just make them little babies look so cute?! xx