The experience of breastfeeding my child is wonderful for many reasons. Not only is it good nutrition, it is also
a great bonding experience. It allows me to hold my daughter close, cuddle her, and be in awe. In addition,
breastfeeding reduces the cost of formula and is always accesible.
As soon as my daughter was born, I was excited to breastfeed her as I was aware of the many advantages it offers.
However, it was a bit challenging. It was difficult for her to latch on properly and I was not sure how to hold and
position her correctly. By the second day, my nipples were sore, bleed and hurt really bad. After reading about
breastfeeding, I thought I was prepared. Unfortunately, it was not the case– it has harder than what I anticipated.
Despite the struggles, I was determined to get it right; therefore, learned to be patient and asked for help. It was
a learning experience for both of us. Because I did not breastfeed my first child, who is now 6 years old, I felt
like we had missed out on an amazing opportunity. At that time, I had the same challenges and gave up instead of seeking help.
Because my milk supply was so low, I was encouraged to breastfeed for at least a week after birth. They assured me that
my baby would be getting colostrum, which is the most important part of breastfeeding for a newborn. However, I felt like
that amount of time would not suffice. Thanks to the support of other breastfeeding mommy’s and further research, I learned
about different methods to increase my milk supply.
The importance of breastmilk is critical for my child as it helps her with digestion, reduces colic and gas. Breastmilk stores
the right amount of vitamins and proteins that my baby needs to grow. It is also convenient to be able to feed her in the middle
of the night instead of waking up, half asleep, to prepare a bottle. Best part of all is that it is free! Breastfeeding also
benefits me as it helps my uterus in returning to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-partum bleeding, as well as helping me
to return to my pre-pregnancy weight.
Our breastfeeding time together is truly amazing! I will soon return to work, and although I will be pumping, I will miss the
eye to eye contact we share.
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