Breastfeeding- A Mother's First Experience

Motherhood is a beautiful feeling. However, it comes with its set of challenges. One of the most frequently asked questions is about Breast Feeding. While it may not be very easy initially, breast feeding is one of the best things you can do for your child and yourself.

Don’t worry Mommies, we understand your apprehension! Here are a few things that you need to know before you start Breast Feeding:

Why Breastfeeding?

Breast Milk is packed with all the vital nutrients and vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium to name a few, that are needed for your baby’s first 6 months of growth and development process. Health authorities suggest that babies who are Breast fed have a higher immunity, higher resistance to infection and lower risk of developing chronic illnesses like Hypertension, Diabetes and Obesity. The benefits are endless!

Does It Benefit The Mother?

Besides being one of the most magical ways to bond and snuggle with your munchkin, breast feeding is also highly beneficial for the Mother: Quicker recovery from Childbirth, Reduces chances of postpartum bleeding and the risk of developing Breast and Ovarian Cancer as well as Cardiovascular diseases. Not only this, during breastfeeding, your brain releases a hormone called Oxytocin which helps your uterus go back to its pre-pregnancy shape and helps you lose your pregnancy weight gain

Don’t Worry, It Gets Better!

In the initial days you might get cramps during nursing and it may feel like a nightmare since it’s all so new for you and your little one. But once you and your child get acclimated to it, things get much better and you’ll feel a lot closer to your child!

Common Challenges Faced While Breastfeeding

You can expect sore, dry and cracked nipples. Many mothers worry that they are not providing enough milk due to the breast size, but you should know if your baby is wetting 6-8 diapers a day you are providing enough milk and it need not be substituted by formula, no matter the size your breast.
Blocked ducts, baby taking a while to latch on to your breast are very common too, but slowly everything falls into place. If you have continued problems while breast feeding you should always consult a lactation specialist

Track Your Progress:
The first few days might be a struggle, but eventually your baby should start being more gentle and it shouldn’t hurt as much. Track your daily progress: Check your baby’s weight pre and post feeding to see the difference. Your breast may feel more firm and full before feeding, and softer post feeding. If you think it’s not going as planned, consult a Maternity Nurse or a Lactation Specialist to make the process easier

Every Mother’s Journey Is Different

Every mother’s journey is different and special in its own way. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your supply is uneven and don’t feel guilty for taking breaks or even stopping, if it’s too painful for you. There is no rule book! Whatever you provide is extremely beneficial for your little one and it’s absolutely okay to seek help if you feel like you’re not getting it right!

 You’re Doing Great, Don’t Ever Underestimate That!

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