It should be termed as Best feeding, with no offence to any mother out there who is not able to breast feed because of a number of reasons that we are oblivious of but don’t stop to judge them !!
Common guys, a mother can never be judged over the choices that she has made for herself and the baby !
Trust her, she is going to do everything right for the baby keeping even her comforts, likes and choices at stake !!
Breastfeeding has always been a very controversial subject for all the wrong reasons inspite of it being the most right thing happening to a baby
Let me not make this a generic debate rather ld want to share my personal experience
Like every mother even I was very headstrong of only breastfeeding my baby
But nature has its own ways and we have to give in
After all my delivering process when I was finally shifted to my room I was obviously expected to fulfill my baby’s hunger !!
And that gave me jitters that it’s me through which that tiny little stomach will suffice !!
I was excited and nervous (Mixed feelings is one emotion that doesn’t leave your side )
Then came the moment when I had to feed and obviously I didn’t know how to hold the baby while feeding or for that matter what else to hold along with it (pun intended)
With like a zillion changing positions and a crying baby I finally managed to stick to one position and then came the most difficult part
But with a little bit of adjusting here and there I managed to
The first few days it’s the thick slightly yellow looking milk that a baby feeds on which all my reading on the internet helped me with
It’s called as colostrum !!
That is usually secreted in less quantity which I am assuming a lot of women consider it to be less supply of milk and get off breastfeeding
But no you gotta hold on !!
That is like liquid gold for your baby
It has the perfect nutrition for your newborn
Gradually I started facing Breast engorgement
My breasts would usually engorge as I was producing too much of milk (Alhamdulillah)
But I was not able to feed my baby from the right Breast because she would just not latch on it
This led to swelling, me crying out of pain , fever and so much of leakage that pads would not be able to hold and endless doctors and lactation consultations
They suggested me a lot of ways to get rid of that engorgemebt by letting go of the milk by hand expressing it
But damn!! That thing is painful
I would constantly take hot towel massages to help them not swell and leak out
With all the hue and cry after 4 days of suffering from Breast engorgement the little one finally decided to give in to her mothers suffering and latched on t magically
I wouldn’t have been happier than that
And then obviously the pain went off
Breastfeeding is a huge responsibility because it needs that commitment of getting your back screwed every
2 hours with no complaints at all
Oh yes all those commercials showing the beautiful looking woman sitting in the most comfortable position and feeding is so hypothetical
It doesn’t happen that ways
It takes a while for you to have your comfortable position while feeding your baby
Breastfeeding requires a lot of commitment as it’s just you who can curb the hunger, just you who will have to wake up misnights for your crying hungry baby
Nobody but you can pacify that little one
It is excessively tiresome
But trust me the feeling of a crying baby suddenly finding that comfort in your arms is so soothing that I decided to sacrifice all my sleep and comfort for that ( Yes there are time where I want to rethink my choice ?)
But now with a few months left for me to feed her I motivate myself to finish this marathon I started
But yes the nursing pillow that I got made was like a blessing
For bubz I exclusively breastfed her and currently doing so
It’s been a great and a painful journey
Do share your experiences
I’d love to know them
Until next time