"My names Shellie and I am 30 years old. My daughter Mia was born via emergency c-section on the week of lockdown on the 14th March and is now 11 weeks old. I have exclusively breastfed Mia from day one, something I found very challenging, but I have managed to overcome most barriers. I still find some days harder then others, but continue to persevere on this breastfeeding journey.
"The Lady Mary ward at Addenbrookes helped and supported me through the first few days of breastfeeding. It took a while to get to grips with how to breastfed, there were times where I just wanted to give up. But I'm so glad I continued to work on the technique. Breastfeeding is not for everyone and I now understand why people give up. However, I feel I have bonded with Mia much more.
"Having a c-section, myself and Mia had to stay a few extra days in hospital as we were both being administered antibiotics. These days really helped with breastfeeding practice, and all the staff on the Lady Mary were willing to help, support and answer any burning questions I may of had. I feel without these extra few days on the ward I probably wouldn't of continued my breastfeeding journey.
"Once we were home, we had the visit from the midwife the day after we were home and the healthcare visitor a few weeks after. But because of covid and the lockdown situation, we were unable to see friends and family. Although, being at home with my husband and Mia was beautiful and we were able to bond as a family of three. We missed the support we would of got from our families.
"I'm glad I am continuing to breastfed Mia, I find these times extremely special and feel blessed I am able to fed my daughter this way. Times are very tough right now, but I count ourselves lucky we are safe and healthy through this pandemic."