I am a mother to a 3-year-old baby girl. It was relatively easier for me to bring her up because of the support from my in-laws and husband. So, for the first-time mommies out there, I suggest that you take all the help you can get since it will be easier for you and less stressful. As you will have to breastfeed your baby, match your sleeping patterns with that of your child’s sleeping pattern. Cook, clean, and take care of the baby accordingly.
Initially, owing to the lack of breast milk production, I had to give cow’s milk mixed with water to my baby. This was a major cause of stress for me as I felt that I was not a good or complete mother. I was not able to satisfy the basic need of my child. The paediatrician suggested that I should get adequate sleep, eat healthy and nutritious food, and drink at least 4 litres of water every day to start producing milk efficiently. And it did work. I started eating lots of greens, methi seeds laddoos, etc. All thanks to my mother. And slowly, I could see the difference in the quantity of milk I was producing.
Stress and less water intake are major reasons for lack or little milk production. However, it is the time when one should try to relax, enjoy time with the baby, and follow a proper nourishing diet to make sure that the baby is fed well. Post this problem, I dealt with another problem of returning to work after 4 months and leaving my baby in the care of my mother in law. After staying with the baby for so long and suddenly leaving the baby, resuming work was not easy. Initially, I started with 3 hours of work or half a day work, and gradually increased the working hours. As I was working with a consulting firm, it helped me. Again since the baby needs to be breastfed at least for initial 6 months, the problem I faced was resolved by buying a breast pump. I went for the manual one. I used to pump milk before leaving and this ensured that the baby was taken care of till the time I returned from work. My best advice to the new moms out there would be to learn, alter, or incorporate things in your life as you go along in your journey with your child. Every child is unique and so are their needs. What worked for me might work for some and might not work for some. So, create a routine that is comfortable for you and your baby.
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