My Breastfeeding Experience and Dealing With Breastfeeding Problems
Breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks. I read so many posts on the internet about breastfeeding. These posts said that expecting mothers start producing milk from 7th month of pregnancy. But in my case, this did not happen.
I had an unplanned C-section, so it took almost 3 to 4 days for me to start breastfeeding. My baby girl was born early, but we were prepared for it. But what I wasn’t prepared for (apart from the C-section) was the trouble I faced in breastfeeding. I always thought that I would only breastfeed my child and not give her formula milk. But after the delivery, I was not producing milk, so my daughter had to be fed with formula milk. She was not satisfied with the formula milk, so on the second day, my mother and mother-in-law advised me to try breastfeeding, and I tried. It was so painful as I was not producing milk, and she was crying and sucking my nipples.
I was really upset and kept asking my doctor and nurses to give me some powder or capsules so I can produce milk. My doctor said it would take time to produce milk, so I should be patient, and everything will be fine. Both my mother and mother-in-law would hold my daughter, and I would press my breast so that I could feed her. For a few days, it was so tough because my stitches had not healed, so I was in a lot of pain. I was so disappointed in myself, but then I decided that I have to give her my milk no matter what happens and how much time it takes, I will try until she is satisfied.
After four days, she was finally happy and satisfied because I could feed her with breast milk. For almost ten to fifteen days, we had to give her formula milk along with breast milk. But once she tasted breast milk, she started avoiding formula milk. Whenever we would give her formula milk, she used to cry. Eventually, she completely became dependent on breast milk. Now, she is five months old and gaining weight. In the beginning, breastfeeding can be painful and difficult for new mothers. But you feel complete and satisfied when you feed your baby and see her sleeping peacefully after having breast milk.
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