My Breastfeeding Journey
Age: 35 years old
Height: 5ft 6
Pregnancy journey: First-time mother with a baby girl through natural delivery
How old is baby now: 4 months
Pre-pregnancy bra size: 32D
Post pregnancy bra size: 34DD
Pre-pregnancy dress size: Size 8
Post pregnancy dress size: Size 10
What’s your view on breastfeeding?
I was quite adamant that I wanted to breastfeed so I did a lot of research about breastfeeding, in general, to prepare myself and just hoping that I would be able to breastfeed of course. Some women may choose not to breastfeed while some may not be able to do it – each to their own and with today's technology we can raise happy and healthy babies no matter what one decide to do.
What made you try ?
I already started wearing garments through my pregnancy (you can read her pregnancy journey) and I really loved how they made me feel so confident in my changing body. With that in mind, I purchased the Compressive Feeding Vest pre-birth ready for after I had my baby.
How did Compressive Feeding Vest help you?
Breastfeeding did not get off to a great start. Disastrous in fact, I really struggled in the first few weeks. My little one had difficulty latching on, my nipples would get so sore to the point that it would be very painful. My baby would also feed for hours on end as she had trouble getting the milk so I was practically living in my nursing bras. After getting help from a lactation specialist, we found that my baby had a tongue tie and we had a treatment to correct this common condition and following this, the latch improved dramatically overnight.
The Compressive Feeding Vest helped me during this difficult time because:
- I could easily fit my breast pads (I liked the Tesco breast pads the best) inside the expanding cups - when the milk started to come through I would leak milk all over the place and breast pads were essential even while sleeping.
- The compressive fabric on the tummy area helped by applying gentle pressure on the abdomen as it was recovering from pregnancy – especially in the early days after delivery when the tummy is still a bit pouchy.
- The cups are soft and smooth so it was gentle on my sore chest in the first few weeks.
- I loved how easy and versatile it was to wear the vest. When you are breastfeeding ‘on demand’ your baby may want to feed at any moment and the vest made it possible to just hoist up whatever clothing you are wearing on top, quickly pop open the feeding clasp and not having to expose an inch of your tummy area. Priceless.
- At times I also wore the Miracle Waist corset underneath the Compressive Feeding Vest (one over the other - together) for added boost to heal my ‘mummy tummy’.
- The cups expand on the Feeding Vest - which any breastfeeding mummy would know – the breasts change and fluctuate dramatically when the milk comes in, so this makes the Feeding Vest sizing a no brainer. You don’t need to buy various different sizes, I just bought one size bigger than what I was pre-pregnancy.
- So comfortable – no wiring to rub into the skin. I also slept (and I still do) in the Feeding Vest together with my regular pyjama bottoms.
- Support – I am aware of the strain and aftermath that breastfeeding and pregnancy can take on breasts, like sagginess and stretch marks. I believe a good bra can help reduce those risks by providing support and keep the chest in optimal position between nursing. I felt that getting a bra from MACOM who specialise in medically designed bras helped me prevent those factors.
Any tips for other breastfeeding mummies?
- Fenugreek capsules – Taking these can increase milk supply and it really worked for me. It’s a natural galactagogue which means it is safe for baby too. Obviously always consult with your midwife or GP before commencing and herbal or homoeopathic remedies but this really worked for me.
- Drinking lots of water – breastfeeding makes you very thirsty and I found that the more water I drank, the easier breastfeeding was.
- Stock up on good DVD’s, box sets or Netflix – Don’t feel guilty about not cleaning or doing housework – feed your baby while you relax and bonding with your baby. Your body needs Oxytocin hormones to produce a good supply of breast milk and relaxing and feeling good is essential.
- Breastfeeding can be exhausting so if friends or family offer a helping hand, take them up on it.
- Black-out curtains - Take naps when your baby sleeps, even if it is in the middle of the day to catch up on sleep missed during night time feeds. Having curtains that black out the rooms can be a real godsend for daytime napping.
- Make lists of what needs doing – High Priorities and Low Priorities – When the baby sleeps you can go through lists and waste time figuring out what tasks need prioritising.
In your own words, how would you rate the Compressive Feeding Vest?
Well, I got quite a few nursing bras from various places (Marks & Spencers, NCT web shop etc) but definitely came out on top. ’s Feeding Vest was the only nursing bra that provided the added benefit of compression on the tummy which to me was a double whammy to help me get my body back to pre-pregnancy while allowing me to breastfeed. I loved how it makes breastfeeding so effortless compared to just a bra as your tummy is not exposed, you can literally breastfeed anywhere without having to drape yourself in scarfs or nursing shawls to protect your modesty. The fact that the cups expand also makes the sizing/buying process super easy. Highly recommend!