‘I realised breastfeeding wasn’t for me’

When my son was born I became so caught up in the pressure to breast-feed that I forced myself to continue even though I found it painful and time-consuming. I finally gave up after three weeks and felt really relieved for two hours.

Then the guilt set in and I cried for three days. I didn’t calm down until someone suggested that I get things into perspective. ‘Is it really the only thing that makes you a good mother?’ she asked. ‘Just look at your son. Does he look bothered?’ I looked at Adam guzzling his bottle and thought no!

Six years on I have a happy, healthy son and no one is bothered now whether I breast-fed him or not.

Janet Kingston, from Ormskirk, founder of www.forparentsbyparents.com and mother of Adam, six