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Breastfeeding Isn’t a Solo Job. The Partner’s Support Is Everything!
Breastfeeding is the activity of feeding human breast milk to a child, either directly from the breast or by pumping out. It is also called nursing. It is the best way to make skin-to-skin contact to make a stronger bond with your baby.
So, I exclusively breastfed both my sons for the initial six months, and here I am sharing some of my experiences.
Initially due to overmilk production and blood flow, I had to face the problem of breast engorgement, due to which my breast was kind of swollen and tender. My breasts felt extremely full all the time. My newborn was not able to suck all the milk which caused extreme pain in my breasts and which used to make me cry. Another problem, I faced was that I was an exhausted sleepless mother whose child could not sleep without nipples in his mouth. Sleeping in one position throughout the night after C-section started giving me back pains. Along with these major problems sometimes I had problems with cracked nipples as well. But all this could not have been easy for me without the support of my husband and my mother-in-law. My husband was always there, supporting me mentally as well as emotionally in all those sleepless nights. He used to take care of my meals. He used to cuddle, burp our baby after long tiring sessions of breastfeeding. After all these exhausting moments, when he used to say, “Really, it’s not easy to be a MOTHER.” worked like magic. He always made me feel special by reminding me that he always finds me sexy. He used to spend time with me as much as he could by taking care of things. He used to offer a lot of little compliments, and by helping me out with little things.
His kind words were like honey, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.