My Baby, My Pride, My Breastfeeding: Happy Hormones for Happy Baby!

Hi, proud moms!

Women are a gift to nature, and so the world is celebrating us! I am the proud mother of a 3 month old baby boy. He was a preterm baby, with low birth weight (2.050 kg). He was in the NICU for 5 days. On the day of his birth, he was intubated, hence no breastfeeding was given, and I couldn’t even visit him, as I had a Cesarean section delivery. I was emotionally and physically unstable.

My little champ really fought well. He was extubated, and started with paladai feeding with my expressed breast milk. It did wonders to him. He improved really well, came out of the NICU, and got discharged. At home, I started exclusive breastfeeding every two hours.

After coming home, I was very depressed because of my relatives and neighbours. Upon seeing him, they used to say, why is he so lean and weak? Tears would roll down my cheeks. Later, I watched many YouTube videos and subscribed to FirstCry. I followed the given tips, and realised the importance of breastfeeding. I gained confidence, started anew, and now he is within the right range of height and weight for his age.

I really want to tell you that breastfeeding is important to you and your baby. As you all know, diet helps you in increasing breast milk. But, my point is, you have to be happy, so that happy hormones are released, which in turn release breast milk. It is the key. It contains many antioxidants, and increases immunity, as preterm babies are prone to infection. It also aids in post-pregnancy weight loss, and protection against ovarian and breast cancers. Exclusively breastfeed up to 6 months, and if possible, continue till 1 or 2 years of age. Breast milk is a true blessing. Exclusively breast feed for a healthier planet!

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