Queensland-based Clare Sarton was excited about becoming a mother but was devastated when she couldn’t breastfeed her little girl, Georgia. She spoke to us about how she came to use Bubs Goat Milk Formula.
On love and pregnancy:
I am 32 now. I arrived in Australia as a backpacker three years ago, having quit my career and sold my things. While travelling, I met my now fiancé, Brodie, when I stopped to work at the Whitsundays and we completely fell in love. Life was perfect.
But my greatest adventure was to arrive: motherhood.
On her bub Georgia:
Georgia is the most beautiful, relaxed, funny little baby girl. She was smiling at just two-weeks-old. Now at seven months, she is still a bundle of joy: laughing, giggling, chatting and playing.
I love to nurture. Motherhood is the hardest and most challenging job I have ever done, and I worked in the police in London for seven years. But it is without a doubt the most rewarding and the happiest I've ever been!
On being unable to breastfeed:
Brodie and I have dairy allergies. I was given a shield for a sore nipple on day four when my milk had barely come in. When Georgia fed, the shield stopped her from drawing new milk. Long story short, we ended up in hospital. Georgia was dehydrated. When I thought she'd been feeding, I wasn't supplying. I dried up, tried weeks of pumping and lactation cookies, all while giving her what the hospital had recommended: cow’s milk. The only time Georgia seemed to be really upset was trying to poop.
On finding Bubs Goat’s Milk Formula:
I researched into alternatives. Google found me Bubs Australia. As soon as I switched milk, it was amazing. Sometimes I didn't even know she'd pooped from the ease it had given her and she seemed calmer. As you can imagine, you feel like no one understands. Not being able to breastfeed was not even something I'd thought of. I was devastated when I couldn't, but seeing how happy and energetic she was with drinking goat’s milk was amazing. I repaired my thoughts of being a failure for not being able to feed my baby because now she was happy.
I love the formula. I trust that the formula is nutritious for Georgia and the nearest to breast milk I could offer her.
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Breastfeeding is best for babies. Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mum and baby. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your growing baby needs to thrive, especially in the first 6 months of life. Breastmilk also contains antibodies to help your baby fight infections.
Using a combination of breast and bottle-feeding for an extended period may reduce your milk supply. Reversing your decision not to breastfeed may be difficult.
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