Thursday 14 December 2017

'Breastfeeding is fabulous but you need support and lots of it'

Working mum Emma Forsyth speaks about the difficulties of breastfeeding but also the overwhelming rewards.

Emma Forsyth with Maya
Emma Forsyth with Maya

Gillian Fitzpatrick

Emma Forsyth runs the successful Pilates Plus studios in Dublin's Baker's Corner. With a client-list that boasts the likes of Georgia Salpa, Leigh Arnold and Sile Seoige, Emma has built her business from scratch.

"I was back on the laptop within 24 hours of giving birth to my daughter, Maya, and was back in the studios seven weeks after that," Emma explains. "That's just the reality of running your own business."

Emma, 37, lives in Foxrock with her fiancé Warren Swords, 32. Maya is now 15 months old and is thriving. "But who's to say she wouldn't be thriving in the same ways if she'd been formula fed - I'm proud that I fed my daughter for six months but I wouldn't advocate any sort of extreme stance on the matter. Because let's face it, there are times you feel like Daisy the Cow.

Emma Forsyth with Maya

"And I know so many women who struggled hugely and were pretty miserable the whole time they breastfed. There's the lack of sleep too. If you formula feed, you will get more sleep and you won't be as wrecked - that's just fact."

She adds: 'It's a bit of a cruel twist - you're the most vulnerable in your life, your hormones are all over the place and you don't know what you're doing. Then you're told nourishing the child is all on your head.

"I don't want to scare anyone - I did it for six months and it was fabulous - but you will need support - and lots of it - to make it to six months."

Irish Independent

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