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This is a story about me, or many like me. When I conceived for the first time, many changes were happening, internally as well as externally. In the midst of all those changes, I forgot to prepare myself for postnatal changes.
Post-delivery, I tried my best to breastfeed my baby. However, due to my inverted nipple, it was very hard for him to latch on and suck the milk, so I had to surrender to bottle feeding, and he was reliant on formula. This lead to low immunity, easy catching of infections, and he is still dependent on the bottle to help him go to sleep.
I tried several things, visited many doctors, and tried home remedies, because a guilt rushes inside me, even today, as it feels like it was my carelessness or failure. Relatives and neighbourhood aunties also made me feel worse, that I am not able to breastfeed my child, as if it is my deliberate choice.
But, since then, I have learned my lessons from previous mistakes. During my second pregnancy, I prioritised and prepared myself to be able to breastfeed my baby. From the very beginning, I told my gynaecologist about my problem of not being able to feed my first child due to inverted nipples and less lactation. Under the guidance of my midwife, I have successfully fed my second baby. Trust me, it’s an amazing feeling!
To all the ladies who are planning to have a first child or second child, plan your breastfeeding in advance. Talk to your gynaecologist, and take their suggestions. Also talk to lactation consultants, and take their advice well in advance to understand and resolve all your doubts. If you have inverted nipples, practice exercises and gentle nipple massages with mild and suitable oils. There are also some lactation medication or tonics available, but talk to your gynaecologist before using them. A little bit of conscious effort will help you in breastfeeding your baby, and as we all know, it is the best meal for your baby, for at least first 6 months.
Even though we are 21st century moms, we are still moms, and we know the importance of breastfeeding our babies!
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