Charlotte Haynes, 24, Solihull

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Charlotte Haynes, 24, Solihull


Charlotte lives in Solihull with daughter Rebecca. Charlotte really enjoys playing netball, going swimming and spending lots of time with her new arrival.

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
I made the decision to breastfeed very early in my pregnancy, as soon as I found out that I was going to have a baby. I have chosen to breastfeed Rebecca because I know that it is the very best thing for her.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed – eg partner, parents, friends, family?
Very proud! My mum had not been able to successfully breastfeed me but was a great support. My friends think that it’s great also and really support me when I need to feed in public.

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
That’s crazy! It’s the best for your baby and sooo easy! No bottles to sterelise, just put your baby on and away you go!

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding? If so, what are they?
Wet bras! (sorry, too much information!) And to start off with, you might get sore nipples.

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
Go for it! Get all the advice and support that you can from the maternity ward staff, community midwife, health visitors and breastfeeding coordinators. It is ‘different’ and the first week is all about getting you and your baby used to feeding. Go with it, it’s well worth it!

Did you speak to anyone for advice or do any research about feeding, if so, who did you speak to/where did you look for information?
I got a lot of information from my Parentcraft sessions and the excellent support from the maternity ward and Elaine Bates (my local breastfeeding coordinator).

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