Yay I Did It! – Exclusively Breastfed My Baby – My Joyful Journey!
I still remember very clearly, my breastfeeding journey began much before the little one had arrived; I feel this is because I was adamant that I wanted my child to be breastfed entirely. So I was on a mission. I researched everything so well, was speaking to my pre-natal coaches and gathering tips from my mom, friends, and most importantly reading up as much as possible. So finally, when the day arrived for the first latch, my son had no problem latching on right away. So basically, I made sure that I was aware of the techniques. Also, despite a C-section delivery, the first prevalent myth was busted right there that you can’t feed comfortably if you have a C-section.
I had a late pregnancy and was always doubtful if I would be able to have a healthy pregnancy or not. So I made sure I was doing three things religiously -first, reading up on pregnancy and post-pregnancy care. Second, eating right during and significantly after pregnancy, and last but not the least exercising. One more thing that goes without saying is the support of your spouse, which is the most important. I remember tagging along with my husband to as many prenatal classes as possible, so he also understands the process easily.
There can’t be anything more comforting than a supporting husband. I significantly remember the first three months being the toughest for a first-time mom, most especially the feeding sessions, which last for 20 minutes each. Then comes the burping process right after. Then the diaper change if needed and before you know it, it’s time again for the next feed. Every two hours, the child requires a feeding session. So, I was able to keep up and complete the three months with my baby gaining more weight than projected. We kept going at this pace, making sure I was feeding my baby every two hours.
Okay, I want to emphasise and, as I do, tell every new mom that I meet, to follow this schedule. It will help to set up a routine for you and your baby and fetch you some me-time while the baby sleeps. Because my baby was on a clock,I knew exactly what time I needed to feed him. So if you happen to schedule their bath time and feeding times correctly, their sleep time will fall in place without any hassles. Trust me when I say this, I had prepared a timetable for my baby by the end of six months. It just made life much simpler. Of course, there were good and not so good days, but that is all a part of the journey!
There are peaks and valleys with breastfeeding, and sometimes you will thoroughly enjoy it, and sometimes you will resent it. But in the end, you will not regret that you stuck with it, even though you did not feel that joy 100% of the time. When you are in a valley, be rest assured that the joy you have felt while feeding in the past will reappear, and you will be glad you pushed through and reap the benefits for a long time to come.
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