As we conclude the breastfeeding week, I thought that we should celebrate it by talking about it in detail, in today’s post. Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful phases of motherhood. It is the most crucial one too. On one hand, it is filled with wonderful feelings and emotions and on the other hand, it requires a lot of patience as well as physical strength. In this post of today, I am going to share with you my breastfeeding journey, the ups, and downs.
I had a normal delivery and immediately after I delivered my baby, I started lactating. I was advised by the doctor that I have to breastfeed my baby after every two hours. The very first time when I held my little one in my arms to breastfeed him, he just did not take it. I, with the help of the nurses, tried to make him take the breast milk but he refused to have it every time. This struggle went on for nearly an hour. So the doctor decided to feed him Lactogen with the help of a spoon. Fortunately, he had it, in fact really enjoyed it. It was an adorable sight to watch my child have the feed. I was happy to see that there was something to satisfy his hunger. However, it was a bittersweet moment as somewhere I was missing the joy of breastfeeding my baby. This continued the next day also. Every time I failed to breastfeed my baby, I became more and more anxious about it. Because of not being able to breastfeed the baby, my breasts started swelling up, lumps were formed and this all was quite painful.
Then, the next day, the head nurse suggested us to try to feed the baby with a help of a nipple shield. She spent at least a couple of hours with me so that she could make the baby take the breastfeed. Fortunately, our efforts and patience answered. My baby started to take the breastfeed but not enough. For the next two days, I continued using the nipple shield and it worked quite well. The nipple shield was a saviour but could not be used for long because it could have led to sore nipples. Third day, while feeding, I started off by using the nipple shield and in between, I used to remove the shield. After repeating this routine for nearly 15-20 times, I succeeded in feeding my baby directly from the breasts. What a feeling! Tears of happiness rolled down my cheeks. I was over the moon. I felt as if I have cleared some high grade examination that too with a good distinction. Feeding time became my favorite part of the day. I literally waited for it everytime. My baby was exclusively breastfed for complete three months.
After three months, consulting with the pediatrician, I introduced Formula milk (Nestle Nan Pro 1) to my baby. Just 30ml once in a day. There were two reasons for starting Formula Milk, one was that he could learn to take the feed from a feeding bottle and secondly, I could spare out some time for myself. As I already said, I started with 30ml and gradually increased the quantity to 120ml (as on today).
Choosing to feed your baby with breast milk or formula milk is entirely the choice of a mother plus it depends on other health conditions too. But the benefits of breast milk cannot be understated. For the same reason, I tried to pin down the benefits of breast milk in the simplest possible words.
Benefits Of Breast Milk For The Baby
- Breast Milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- It is a near perfect combination of Vitamins, Proteins, and Fats, essential for the growth of your baby.
- Breast milk is easily digested by the baby as compared to the formula milk.
- It builds a strong emotional bond between the mother and the baby.
- It helps in proper brain development.
- Breast milk also helps in making the immune system strong enough to fight various infections and allergies.
- Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months have lower chances of having childhood leukemia and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
- It promotes better eye vision.
- Breast milk also reduces the chances of getting obese in later childhood.
Benefits of Breastfeeding For The Mother
- Breastfeeding results in lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
- It also reduces any risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- It reduces any post-delivery stress and helps in regaining self-confidence.
- It also promotes weight loss after childbirth.
- Breastfeeding helps in reducing the size of the uterus to normal.
- Breastfeeding lowers the risk of Osteoporosis (weak bones) and obesity.
I hope, this post will help new mommies with all the information that will help them and their newborn.