World Breastfeeding Week: My Story About Breastfeeding and Its Challenges

World Breastfeeding Week: My Story About Breastfeeding and Its Challenges

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To be honest, I am really sceptical about this post, but it may help someone somewhere.
So my experience of breastfeeding was good and I had fed almost immediately after my baby J was born and she also latched really well as told by the doctors and nurses. I had zero knowledge about breastfeeding and latching. I was a newborn mother myself. I didn’t even know how to hold her/change her diapers.
My nightmares started a month later when I started getting milk dips at night. J would cry endlessly at night and no soothing/rocking worked. I would try to still feed with my sore nipples, bawl my eyes out (sleeplessness, healing body, fluctuating hormones), search online for every possible help, ate lactating substitutes, listened to all taunts about my body, breasts, nursing bra, that particular food I ate and for not being able to cover up properly while feeding! Silly right? I didn’t think about formula nor did people around me that time support it. This continued for some good days until I told my mother, my doctor and a friend. And they assured me it is normal..very normal to not produce enough milk and it’s not something to be embarrassed about. I then formula fed J once or twice at night for a few months and had seen a massive good difference. I regained my strength and I could breastfeed exclusively afterwards.
So there is no shame in top-up feeding when your baby is well-fed and happy. I myself being formula fed was fine and am still fine.
Take away from this post would be:
Let’s support women especially a new mom in her breastfeeding journey and let’s not demean her if she could not breastfeed her baby. Let’s get our facts loud and clear.
PS. This whole thing gave me a voice. A newfound motherly voice. Come what may now, I will deal with it.
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