When Isabelle’s first birthday was coming up, we knew we were going to have to make her a cake. But whilst my wife was sorting that out, I thought I’d celebrate a different milestone.
So I wanted to show my support to my wife by making a boob cake. But not just any boob cake. One that actually milked!
Why I Wanted to Show My Support with a Boob Cake
Breastfeeding is bloody hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a man. So I don’t actually know what it’s like from a personal level. But I’ve been there every step of the way of my wife’s journey. And I’ve seen the struggle that she’s had to go through to get to this point.
As the dad in a breastfeeding journey, it’s very easy to feel useless, helpless and just a little bit obsolete. Mainly because most of the time you actually are.
I guess that’s part of the reason why I wanted to make this cake. It’s a symbol that says “Whilst I might not be able to help you out physically. I can support you in other ways.”
Doing What I Could to Help
Right from the beginning I tried to help Rachel however I could with breastfeeding. I even wrote a post a while ago about how the partners can get involved. But I always knew my role was limited. I would basically be on hand, almost like a personal butler, as I knew once Rachel sat down to breastfeed that was it. She could be sat there for a good few hours with Isabelle coming on and off trying to establish a supply.
I would sit up with her in the nights, try and read up on what I could to be able to help, and I’d run to the shop when she ran out of nipple cream. Even if it was absurdly overpriced.
Hitting the Easy Stage
After a while, breastfeeding does get ridiculously easy. I’ve seen first hand, on many occasions, how easy it is for Rachel these days. We often joke that if Rachel was to get hit unconscious then Isabelle would still manage to feed.
Even now Rachel can find herself awake in the morning with her boob pulled out. And I swear it has nothing to do with me! Isabelle even managed to latch on to the boob cake!
It’s Easy to Forget How Hard it Was
But this is kind of why I wanted to make this cake. It’s so easy to forget about those early day moments where it was such a challenge. The screaming, and the crying, sometimes not just from Isabelle. When I see Isabelle feeding now it’s like she’s a completely different baby.
This cake was just a reminder that we got through the hard times. But most importantly we got through them together.
But showing my support to Rachel wasn’t the only reason I wanted to make this milking boob cake. The other was simply because I thought it would be fun. And to be fair, it absolutely was.
Anyway, enough talking from me, here’s the actual video for the boob cake! It’s been seen a lot more on the Facebook page, but here’s the YouTube video instead: