My breastfeeding story begins with my independent midwife saying to me ‘have you started learning about breastfeeding’ and with me responding ‘I thought it just happened naturally’. After kindly and gently letting me know that ‘it doesn’t just happen naturally’, my wonderful midwife lent me countless DVDs to learn from. I also joined the ABA and read their book cover-to-cover. We planned a home birth, however, after two weeks of stage one labour at home, I had only dilated 1cm. At 43 weeks gestation, I had a meconium leak, so we needed to transfer to the hospital. I was induced twice (which neither of us coped with after two weeks of labour at home). After two inductions I had only dilated 4 cm. In the end we chose to have a caesarian before the situation became an emergency. I am really grateful to the hospital staff who were very respectful of me and my wishes. They read my birth plan carefully and referred to it each time we needed to make a decision. This made all the difference to how I coped with my experiences.
Have You Started Learning About Breastfeeding?
Pinky McKay is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin including Sleeping Like a baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health endorse her books. Pinky is also an International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a busy private practice in Melbourne, Australia