Thanks for hopping over from My Thoughts On Things and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 1 The Start of My Journey sponsored by Boobie Milk who are providing a £50 voucher and Cherub Chews who are offering a breastfeeding necklace for our Grand Prize winner. Entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
A young girl in a hospital bed,
Tries to remember what ‘they’ said,
“I don’t know if I’ve got this right”
She whispers to herself that night.
“Is this how it’s meant to feel?”
Her toes are curled; a stifled squeal,
Her hours-old Daughter on her chest,
Snuffling, suckling, at her breast.
“It always looked so easy before,
No-one told me it felt this sore.
Has she had enough to drink?
Every few hours they said, I think?”
She wished she wasn’t so alone
Feeling far away from home,
She needed comfort, guidance, help;
She was so lonely by herself.
Her tiny baby, fresh and new,
She had no clue what to do!
Her tiny baby, rooting once more
To use her breasts for what they were for.
Morning wasn’t far away,
The ward lit up with the new day,
But no help came, no guidance given,
Some questions asked – but tick-box driven.
The next few days were long and tough,
She didn’t think she had enough.
Kind-hearted friends tried to advise
“A bottle would probably now be wise”.
The kit was bought, the bottles washed,
The bond to breast was almost lost,
For two long days, the bottle reigned,
Until the young girl’s mind was changed.
“Thank you, but no, this doesn’t feel right,
I’ll feed my baby with all my might,
Through pain, discomfort, awkward looks,
I’ll go back to breast” – a first for their books.
They worked hard together to bring back the milk,
Babe’s eyes were like stars, cheeks were like silk.
She fed through her breast, straight from her heart,
A journey before them, and this was the start.
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