Please welcome our newest celebrity blogger, Terri Seymour!
The British-born star is an actress and TV personality, and serves as a correspondent for Extra.
I had heard mixed reports from friends about breastfeeding: Some loved it, some hated it.
I’m happy to say I absolutely love it!
I’ll never forget the moment the nurse placed Coco on my chest for the first time. I had taken all the classes, so I had been told how important that bonding moment was, but nothing prepares you for the overwhelming love you experience when feeling your sweet baby against your skin.
It’s amazing how they know exactly what to do in their first moments on Earth almost more than we do! I was crying tears of joy, and baby Coco found her way to my breast and the bond began.
It’s all such a whirlwind. Here you are with this tiny baby, and you worry about whether you are doing everything right. I saw two lactation specialists in the hospital, and I even had a company called My Nursing Coach come to the house as I was worried I wasn’t doing it right, and that I wouldn’t be able to produce enough milk. Linda was so reassuring and supportive providing me with some great tips. Even to this day, I still text her for advice.
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Despite being sore, which of course is to be expected, I have been extremely lucky (knock on wood) in that Coco has been a natural and loves her milk. And of course, there are so many benefits: The baby’s immune system is boosted, and they are less likely to get sick, to name just a couple.
For us, the baby weight comes off quicker (without going to the gym … ugh, going to have to go back soon!); and I’m not going to lie, for the first time in my life I have boobs, and I love it.
Okay, enough boobs and back to baby!
Now nearly three months later, Coco has a great appetite and keeps me busy with her feeding schedule. Speaking of the little monkey, here she comes for another feed!
The biggest surprise for me with feeding is how often the little one gets hungry. Coco likes to feed every two hours (but by the time you’ve finished it’s actually every hour).
Then there’s the pumping. Does everyone hate pumping as much as I do?! But as a working mum, it’s a fact of life, and at least we know our little ones have what they need during those guilt-ridden hours away.
While breastfeeding has been such an amazing experience for me and Coco, the biggest challenge for me has been breastfeeding in public. Coco loves to go out and be in the fresh air. I shouldn’t be worried about what people think as this is natural, but you can’t help that when people are staring.
I recently went out for lunch and was fiddling about under a muslin trying to breastfeed and my boyfriend Clark said, “You look ridiculous!” I jokingly posted a picture on Instagram and people responded with comments like: “Be proud,” “Undercover nursing,” “Don’t hide it.” That made me think, “They’re right. There is absolutely nothing to hide, and I’m so lucky to be able to do this.”
So calling all breastfeeding mums, if you have any good tricks let me know here or @terriseymour!
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— Terri Seymour
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