For as long as I can remember, my number one goal has been to be an amazing mother to my children. Ask me anytime anywhere about my aspirations, the first will be to be an awesome Mama. Part of this for me, includes Breastfeeding.
Imagine my surprise when I finally had my first child and Breastfeeding was excruciatingly painful. Let’s start from the fact that my chest felt like cement blocks were placed on it when my milk came in. Or the fact that Breastfeeding after a CS is tricky and mostly painful experience because first you’re dealing with the pain of the surgery and then you also feel pain from your womb contracting due to the hormones released during breastfeeding. Lastly came the pain from Breastfeeding itself! Oh the horror! The sore nipples, the baby who refused to latch properly.
But guess what? I got through it and so can you. Let me share some of my best tips with you:
1. Know your Hospital’s stand on Breastfeeding
Even though the World Health Organization mandates hospitals to support Breastfeeding, not all are able to do so properly. For example, if your hospital sells or has staff who sell formula, you’re likely not to get the best support. Engage with your health provider, ask as many questions as you can. Be sure they’re committed to supporting you on this journey
2. Be informed
Do you know that The World Health Organization states that Breastfeeding should be initiated within the first hour after delivery. In fact, the WHO encourages that babies be placed skin to skin to their mothers even before the cord is cut.
Attend a breastfeeding class, go for your antenatal classes, read articles on Breastfeeding. Remember, this is your child’s nutrition for at least the next 6 months, it’s pretty important
3. Expect your little one to need you a lot!
You know how in movies, people have babies and are back to their former lives in no time, absolute lie! I often say that motherhood is where things are never as it were. Your baby will need you a looooot! Especially in the first 3months. Remember, he’s just been ejected from his 7-star hotel (a.k.a you😂😂) where he didn’t need to cry for anything. Food, warmth, security and oxygen were automatically provided. Also,you’ve been his safe place for the past 9 months, he’s not about to let go now. It’s completely normal for babies to feed round the clock in the early days. Most newborns will feed every 2 hours; especially at night
Absolutely no one should go through Motherhood on their own. Whether it’s the company you pay to do your laundry or the cousin that helps with the cooking, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’ve earned it! You have just carried, nurtured and birthed life; that makes you freaking awesome Mama! Your partner can help with night feeds or diaper changes or simply hold the baby while you catch some zzzs. Don’t try to do it all on your own
5. Breast Milk is Gold!
Do you know that the entire human race has survived till date thanks to Breastfeeding??? Prophets, Kings, Inventors, Philosophers, Scientists, Physicists; the best of them were all breastfed! Breast milk contains as many germ fighting cells as your blood does. It reduces the risk of cancer, diarrhea and infections in babies. It protects against obesity , type 2 diabetes and promotes gut health. It’s benefits are endless. One thing is for sure, it is the best for every child. It is worth fighting for. The toughest days are at the beginning. With the right help, Breastfeeding can be beautiful for both you and your baby
And there you have it, my very best tips for Breastfeeding. Got a question about Breastfeeding? Please send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Instagram @breastfeedingng
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