The beginning of our breastfeeding journey was not perfect as I imagined it would be.

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to have induced delivery at 39 weeks. Unfortunately my colostrum supply had not been established then; however, I was fortunate to receive donor milk as a top up.

My milk supply gradually increased within few months with a help from lactation consultants in the women’s hospital and in the community, and my daughter Maya has been breastfed for the last 7 months.

I enjoy breastfeeding on demand everywhere I go, thanks to the support of other breastfeeding mothers who normalise breastfeeding in public. Breastfeeding helps me to feel confident about my first time mothering which can be overwhelmed with uncertainty at times. I am now a breastmilk donor and a breastfeeding peer counsellor to pay it forward.

Maya goes to a homebased care due to myself going back to full time study, she has expressed breastmilk from a bottle while she is in the care. I was very worried about the transition at the beginning as Maya had never taken a bottle from us, but she quickly settled in and has been bottle fed perfectly while she holds a snuggly which has my scent.

This whole mothering experience have taught me that what we want to do does not always mean what we can do, and it is important to accept what works the best for us. Everyone’s journey is unique.