“This breast pump saved my life”
Thames mother Siobhan is mum to daughter, Aadya who is now 16 months old. When Siobhan was 32 weeks pregnant, she discovered a lump in her left breast, but it wasn’t until Aadya was 3 months old that doctors decided to undertake further tests.
However in the process of taking a biopsy, the doctor hit a blood vessel in Siobhan’s left breast. The pain was excruciating as her breast swelled with blood. What followed was a serious infection, surgery and a two week stay in hospital.
Not surprisingly, Siobhan was left unable to feed from one side. The milk from her left breast was taking ‘the easiest path’ and leaking out of the wounds left by her biopsy and surgery. Her surgeon recommended that she put her daughter on formula, however Siobhan refused to give up: “That wasn’t part of the journey I had seen for myself”.
A midwife was sent in to try and convince Siobhan that the best thing for both her and her baby was to give up on breastfeeding. But instead of telling her to stop, she said she was going to help.