Aniva’s breastfeeding journey through 4 C-Sections

Hi everyone my name is Aniva, I’m 22 and thought I should share my story.

I’ve got four beautiful kids; two girls and two boys. I just got of the hospital on Saturday. I had my boy on Wednesday last week. I had all four of my children by C-section.
I breastfed all four of them and I stopped breastfeeding my two older girls when they turned one, but I’m still breastfeeding my other son who is 15 months old, as well as my 5 day old baby boy. I am so proud of myself for breastfeeding all of my kids because now they are all growing up strong, healthy and happy. One happy Mamma here!

After having C-sections it was hard at first, I didn’t think that I could do it from the start because every time it’s been hard for me. But after all the advice and support from my family, partner, especially reading stories on the Facebook page it has helped to make me happy to breastfeed them until now. I’m so happy that none of my kids went on formula straight after I gave birth and that they are such strong kids – naughty but healthy and happy.


I get a lot of support from my partner, he helps me at nights when I’m up to breastfeed my kids. I’ve been reading posts on the Breastfeeding NZ Facebook page about how all the Mother’s breastfeed their babies and that has kept me strong and enabled me to breastfeed my kids until they want to stop.

Well done to all the Mammas out there and keep up the good job, keep breastfeeding your bubba until they want to stop!
Enjoy every moment breastfeeding your bubba. Thank you to the Breastfeeding NZ team for pushing us and giving us all the love and support to breastfeed our babies! Thanks guys appreciate all your lovely work on Facebook Page.

Have a blessed week to you all xxo



When tongue and lip tie are not picked up

Breastfeeding New Zealand would like to thank this mother for sharing her story with us. She hopes that it will remind all parents and all health professionals to check for tongue and lip tie. This would involve referring mothers to the appropriate help as well. We acknowledge the valuable work of La Leche League volunteers particularly for breastfeeding mothers who are facing enormous challenges. We also acknowledge the work of other health professionals but there is no denying that many things have failed this mum. We merely offer this story up as a mums experience of things going wrong for her on multiple levels in case we can prevent this from happening too many times by understanding how difficult it can be to deal with tongue tie. Continue reading

Glenda’s breastfeeding story – Exclusive expressing through a baby with cleft




“The smile we missed post-surgery”

Breastfeeding New Zealand is thankful to Glenda Dawson for sharing her personal story around her baby born with cleft and her commitment to continue expressing milk.

Good morning. Seeing Alicia’s story has prompted me to write this. My son (turning 3 in feb) was born with a complete unilateral cleft  lip/palate. Because of the palate involvement there was no physical way he could breastfed. This was my greatest upset in learning pre-birth about his cleft, having easily and happily fed his older sister til 13 months. I had amazing support from my midwife, lactation consultant and family-husband and was able to express exclusively for 13 months. It was an effort, especially on the weekly trips to Chch to get his wee plate adjusted for the first 4 months -1.5 hrs each way. Leaving the house meant pumping just before leaving so I would have a window of time to be out and about. Continue reading

Alicia’s story: Unexpected breastfeeding journey of a mother…

(Breastfeeding New Zealand would like to thank Alicia Walker for sharing her personal story of breastfeeding with the breastfeeding community.)

You watch movies and see these perfect babies being born. 10 fingers and 10 toes, you look forward to simply cuddle someone who you have created within you, not thinking that behind those little kicks, they could be hiding something unique about them.
We had planned Soren when my third child was around a year old, as months went by; I started getting worried that my PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) had started to affect me. A month went by without a show of my period, we got really excited. The day came when I had to test, utter disappointment, it came back negative. A week went by, I took another test, again negative. Finally I had my period, and I cried as most TTC couples do when they get another disappointment. Continue reading