Hi, my name is Kirsty Greenwood, I have three boys, Zavier who was born early 2011 and Elijah born mid 2013, I am currently breastfeeding our Reid who was born in Oct 2015. With our first son Zavier I had a good breastfeeding journey with a few challenges. I got mastitis a few times from very early on and also managed to feed though my journey of post natal depression. Zavier had a couple of food intolerances which we worked through and I weaned him at 18 months due to society pressure. My breastfeeding journey with Elijah was a bit more complicated. At 25 weeks pregnant we found lumps in my breast which turned out to be abscesses, these ruptured when Elijah was 6weeks old resulting in surgery. Thankfully I had a good support system to help me through the recovery and continue breastfeeding exclusively through the process. Elijah had a tongue tie which was diagnosed and sniped around 3 weeks old. I also continued through another round of post natal depression and Elijah started to self wean at 22 months although I would have been happy to tandem feed if he decided to continue. Reids journey was different again, Reid has had reflux and chronic ear infections since 6 weeks old and also a few bouts of oral thrush which lead to a very tender few weeks of feeding. We have worked alongside Ian Shaw and the hospital pediatric dietitian to help lessen the effects of these by eliminating Dairy, Soy, Gluten and Eggs from both of our diets for a period of time however Reid is now back on a regular diet and is on reflux medication. Reid is still continuing to breastfeed. I have also been a Breastmilk donor and wet nurse during my time breastfeeding. I am passionate about helping mothers know what is normal and supporting mothers to know their rights surrounding breastfeeding in all arenas of life so they can enjoy their journey and the mother/child relationship is protected. This includes pregnant mothers who want information or support heading into their breastfeeding journey. I'm also passionate about helping women find solutions or the right help for any breastfeeding challenges they may have.
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