I told myself that I would try my best to nurse my baby for at least six months during my first pregnancy. Thankfully, I managed to exceed my own expectations and nursed him exclusively for about ten months.
It is definitely easier in my situation since I am self-employed and work by appointment basis. This means I have a lot of autonomy over my time and can afford to latch my baby very often at home.
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It also means I could literally sleep while I nurse. To me, it was the ‘lazy mom’ method.
I have absolute respect for moms who bring a huge bag of pumping equipment and express their milk during work hours or even plan for logistics to ship back frozen breastmilk if they are traveling without their baby. Such dedication and determination!
My nursing journey wasn't all smooth and rosy. For the first two weeks after both deliveries, I experienced engorgement, cracked nipples, bleeding nipples and extreme soreness.
My breasts were so tender I had to ‘air-dry’ them after each feed because even direct contact with my clothes made them painful.
I even suffered from mastitis, which is a breast inflammation due to bacterial infection, as a result of cracked nipples.
During the mastitis episode, I had the fever and also severe chills at night and acute pain in my breasts. Those were really horrible experiences as a new mom.
Thankfully an antibiotic treatment resolved the infection in a few days. Also, thankfully, I managed to improve my baby's latching and also used massage techniques to overcome the engorgement. Thereafter, my nursing journey was much smoother.
Some moms face the challenge of not having enough supply, others have to deal with engorgement and sore nipples, and others feel depressed and worn out from frequent latching and pumping.
It is definitely awesome to be able to breastfeed your baby, but I believe only if it also means it's sustainable for the mommy. Take care of yourself before you take care of a baby!
How good is it for the baby when mommy is suffering so much? Do remember, giving formula milk to your baby doesn't make you any less of a mother. You are still taking good care of nurturing and feeding your baby. @mumpreneur264
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! – Isaiah 49:15
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