My Breastfeeding Journey
My Breastfeeding Journey3 mins 315 3 mins 315
I delivered a beautiful baby girl in November last year. Full of excitement and joy, we welcomed the little princess in our lives. I had a normal delivery yet the first fifteen days post-delivery were exhausting physically as well as emotionally. The presence of a delicate life for the first time is an overwhelming experience.
My baby was a full-term healthy baby but she kept waking up every hour through the night for feeding. I was not able to rest properly as each feeding would go on for forty-five minutes and the next one immediately after an hour. I had no idea how much milk she was getting. The doctor informed me that instead of gaining weight she had started to lose weight. We were extremely tensed as her birth weight was great and now she was not getting enough feeds.
Our doctor then asked us to see a lactation consultant. We scheduled a session with Mansi Shah. She was very helpful. My relatives thought this was silly but my husband stood by my decision like a rock. The lactation consultant taught me the different positions to breastfeed while lying down and while sitting. She also advised me on the procedure of expressing milk and storing the same. I purchased an electric breast pump which was useful as I could store the breastmilk for my daughter if I had to go out. Gradually, I got a hang of breastfeeding and the baby could latch well. My daughter began to gain weight soon.
Today my daughter is 8.5 months. I exclusively breastfeed her comfortably and without any pain. I started enjoying breastfeeding once I understood the concept of how to and what to do. My mother has been a great support throughout pregnancy and even today. Her support has made my breastfeeding journey easier. My husband has supported me through this journey. During all the tense moments, he stood by me. He is as new to parenting as I am but he always encouraged me to trust my instincts. It was due to him that I kept trying and didn't give up breastfeeding my baby. Apart from family, I strongly recommend every woman who gives birth, to meet a lactation consultant. Motherhood and caring for the baby are not taught in any school. But consulting a lactation consultant will not only increase your confidence but also educate you on the nuances of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a difficult thing yet it is the most unique way of bonding with your baby. Don't give up on this opportunity due to frustration. Find support in family, friends, and doctors. This is a chance that nature gives a woman to nurture her child so don't miss out on it unless you have a medical condition.