Breast Feeding and Pumping – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Hey There!

I am a mommy to 2 sons aged 4 and 4. No, they aren’t twins; one is four years old, and the second is four months old.

As a first time mum, I lacked proper guidance on breastfeeding, and as a result, except for a few days, I couldn’t feed my elder one directly and became an exclusive pumper. As I look back, I feel very proud to say that I nourished him with liquid gold for 2.4 years. Yes, it indeed was a huge milestone and an extremely challenging one.

When I was expecting the second time, I was very determined to breastfeed my baby no matter what. But, my breastfeeding journey wasn’t easy at all. Due to incorrect latching, I had extremely sore and bleeding nipples. I used to weep every time my baby latched. My dream of breastfeeding seemed to fade, but just at the right time, an excellent lactation consultant came to my rescue. The doctor helped me with the right position and helped the baby latch on my right side. I was also a part of a social media support group, who helped me get a deep latch to feed my baby.

Now, although my right side isn’t healed completely, I have successfully been able to feed my baby directly so far. My family, especially my husband, was extremely supportive and helped me in every way possible so that I could feed my little one.

As a mother, who has exclusively pumped and also directly fed her babies, I would say breastfeeding wins hands down. All moms who struggle to breastfeed, please take help of a lactation consultant, have a strong support system, and most importantly, remember that we are the best providers of nutrition to our little ones. Therefore, never give up.

This is my very first attempt at writing a blog. I would be glad to know what you think about it. Please do leave your comments below.

Keep calm and latch on!

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