Laura Heeley, 22, Solihull

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Laura Heeley, 22, Shard End

LAURA HEELEY, 22, SOLIHULL, WITH 9-WEEK-OLD BABY ELLE

Laura lives with daughter Elle. Before giving birth to her baby, Laura worked for a local health club. She plans to return to work once Elle is a little older. Laura loves exercise, especially swimming and going to the gym, music and dancing!

Please explain why you’ve chosen to breastfeed?
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I decided that I wanted to breastfeed. Support from my family and friends has really helped me along the way.

What did the people around you think of your decision to breastfeed – eg partner, parents, friends, family?
Everyone was really supportive of my decision. They were all really proud of me for giving it a go.

What advice would you give to mums whose partner/friends/parents disapprove of breastfeeding?
It’s the most natural thing in the world, and the real positives that come from breastfeeding override people’s opinions!

Do you think that there are any drawbacks to breastfeeding? If so, what are they?
There are no drawbacks. It’s milk on tap isn’t it?!

What general advice would you give to expectant mums considering breastfeeding?
Get as much advice as you can before you give birth, and once your baby arrives, seek some tips and techniques to help you on your way.

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?
Luckily, my partner’s auntie is a breastfeeding coordinator, so she gave me lots of good advice. There is lots of support out there, check out the local support page above for details of what is available to you in your area.

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