I still remember very clearly, my breastfeeding journey began much before the little
one had even arrived, I believe that is because I was determined that I wanted my kiddo to exclusively breastfeed. So, I was on a mission. I researched everything so well, was speaking to my pre-natal coaches and getting 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 making sure you are aware of techniques was my very first learning.
Also, this was despite a C-section delivery. So the first very common 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 will have a healthy pregnancy or not. So I made sure I was doing three things religiously – reading up on pregnancy and post-pregnancy care, eating right during and importantly 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 my husband with me to as many prenatal classes as possible so that he also understands the nuances of baby and mother care.
There can’t be anything more important than a supporting husband as I remember the first three months are tough on a first-time mom. Especially the feeding sessions which last for 20 minutes each and the burping right after and diaper change if needed and before you know it, its time again for the next feeding session every two hours that too round the clock. So, if I was able to pull along and complete the three months successfully with more than expected weight gain of the baby was because we kept at it making sure I was feeding the baby once every two hours.
Ok I want to emphasise and like I tell every new mom that I meet, follow this schedule and it will help set up a sort of routine for you and your baby and get some me-time while the baby sleeps. Because my baby was on a clock, I knew exactly what times I needed to feed him. So really if you get their bath time and feeding times in, their sleep time will fall in place without any hassles. So, trust me when I say this, I had a timetable baby by the end of six months. It just made life that much simpler, of course, there were good and not so good days but that is all a part of the journey!
There are ups and downs with breastfeeding and sometimes you will thoroughly enjoy it, and sometimes you will not like it – but in the end, you will not regret that you stuck with it, even though you were not feeling that happiness all the time. When you are feeling low, stay assured that the happiness you have felt with feeding in the past will be back and you will be glad you pushed through and reap the benefits for a long time to come.
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