Hey mama, how are you faring with breastfeeding routine? It’s World Breastfeeding Week starting from today being 1st of August to end on the 7th. Breastfeeding is tasking and may look challenging to you somehow. You are not alone! I got you covered.
I’m here to encourage you to keep at it until your baby gets all the essential nutrients that breastfeeding offers. And wait a moment! Do you also know that you can benefit from breastfeeding as well? Apart from burning some fats and getting back to shape, breastfeeding can also reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Let me not bore you lecturing you on breastfeeding. I believe my experience will enlighten you and make you want to give it a try once more. During my time as a first time expectant mom, I wanted so much to welcome and bond with my baby. I had made a choice to breastfeed my son but never knew there was more to it. I never knew there were unpleasant side of breastfeeding. Nine months came and gone I had my baby boy and couldn’t wait to latch him on my breast; that was a joy of motherhood. It was a wonderful feeling for me just like every other mom can relate to this especially when it’s your first time.
As the days went by my nipples became sore and more painful. I became frustrated due to the fact that my baby was never satisfied. I had a very fussy son who would keep me awake from evening till the following day. His only comfort was to latch on my breast and feed for as long as he wanted. At a point I began to have a rethink that I may not be able to make it up to the first half of six months. Although, it had been my ultimate desire to engage in exclusive breastfeeding without offering solid or water during the first six months of life.
I had friends who gave me their opinions to offer supplementary food once my son reached three months. The supposed time came for me to discontinue exclusive breastfeeding but my inner mind compelled me not to stop. My husband was a contributor and had always stood by me to ensure I complete the breastfeeding task. Gladly enough, I did complete the six months exclusive
Two and a half years later, I had a baby girl but this time I knew what to do to make breastfeeding fun. I didn’t want this routine to be a challenge nor just a priority. I wanted it to be a hobby. And of course it worked just the way I expected it to. Funnily enough, I asked my doctor if I could continue exclusive breastfeeding beyond six months but he said that won’t be necessary by then.
Therefore, how you see breastfeeding depend on your mind-set. If you see it as a burden and challenging, it will be difficult for you in the process. If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, first prepare yourself emotionally, mentally and physically. Cut down everything that will be a stumbling block hence causing you to stop achieving your goal. Today being the world breastfeeding week is not a competition but an encouragement to every mom who is currently breastfeeding. At the end of concluding the task, you will find out that it’s worth it.