Every mother has her own beautiful journey of breastfeeding, we all remember that first latch soon after birth, that failed attempt by the fresh newborn baby and the tear of joy in every mother’s eye is incredible, this feeling can not be described in words ever!
As per the standard guidelines from UNICEF and advice from paediatricians, all mothers try their level best to continue exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months.
There are certain difficult situations where you have to opt for formula milk, but that is all okay! I don’t think one should feel any mom guilt for the same.
But, all new mothers, yes! Breastfeeding and its innumerable benefits should be taken into consideration when you are fine with all physical and mental states, then I must say one should continue breastfeeding journey even after started weaning.
After starting weaning it is not that easy dear mothers, what we think is that once the baby starts weaning, breastfeeding will be easier and more comfortable! No! HERE THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!
In fact, feeding demands increase, especially when they are teething, during growth spurts, when they develop separation anxiety and the list goes on. And we as a mother always hope that during the day that we might get a good night’s sleep. Though it has been months, it seems like decades ago that we had a good night sleep, we may feel as if someone would come and offer a milk bottle saying ‘Here it is, this will fix the problem’ and we would have taken it, but the thought that kept us sticking to exclusive breastfeeding is that our kid is thriving on our breastmilk, and it is like magic. Indeed!
What are the benefits of continuing with breastfeeding even after weaning?
Up to 1 year of age, animal milk is not advisable at all because, milk protein and fats are difficult to digest for the infant, hence the American Academy of Paediatrics also does not recommend animal milk until at least 1 year of age.
Continuing with breastfeeding along with weaning will help the child to get all the antibodies present in breastmilk, and that will help to improve the immunity of the kid and will help to fight against infection and provide protection against diarrhoea, and other Gastrointestinal infections, as there are no chances of any contamination and infection in breastmilk.
It helps to make the bonds between mom and child stronger because breastfeeding will increase the flow of oxytocin and Oxytocin is the ‘hormone of love’!
What will help mothers make this real struggle easier?
After being a mother suddenly all our priorities change and we are least bothered about our own health, Here is the most important part where we are lacking behind. If you have decided that you will not give up on breastfeeding then make sure you have a healthy diet and lifestyle or else an improper diet and random lifestyle will affect your milk supply. At the end of all consequences, you will definitely give up and start with either formula or animal milk.
Improve your hydration, taking adequate amounts of liquid will help to maintain consistent milk flow. Regular exercise will help to reduce stress level, and a healthy mind will always help you to stay positive on your journey.
Last, but not least! Take help from your husband – Yes true, you have to involve your husband in this beautiful journey to make it worth! He can support you mentally, assure you positively and his support definitely works!!
Laugh aloud, sing songs, dance and glow, moms! Let the Oxytocin flow!
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