My Experience With Breastfeedingby Intan
Posted on 06 June 2012
Some say that breastfeeding is the trend in mummy’s world today. I’d say if it is the trend then this is a good trend because breastfeeding is the most humbling experience for moms and the most precious gift a mother can give to her little ones.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was too busy surfing the internet forums about the latest trends in maternity wear, deciding baby names, choosing which hospital to give birth and shopping for baby wear that I almost overlooked on the most important of it all – the aftermath of giving birth. I only found out about breastfeeding during my 6th month of pregnancy but that was because I accidentally browse a topic on breastfeeding in an internet forum. And how overwhelmed I was!
I remember reading every post and copy paste some of the posts so that I can refer to them later. That was when I discovered some tips to help stimulate the milk to come out free-flow. And so, every morning during my morning bath, I would comb ( yes, sikat!) my breast towards my nipple because I read somewhere that it helps to prevent blocked milk ducts. Of course, a little prayer and focus on staying positive helps too.
And so comes the moment of truth. I was c-sect so I did not breastfeed my baby as soon as I gave birth. And to top it off, my baby was provided formula milk at the hospital. The next day, the doctor came and taught me how to breastfeed. The initial experience was well, painful. My nipples were sore, my baby was crying and I felt so hopeless.
The next few weeks during confinement were even more tiring. I had to stay awake every night, sometimes up until 5am just to breastfeed my baby. And I had to do it whilst sitting down as my c-sect scar did not permit me to breastfeed while lying down. I admit that there were a few times when I nearly gave up because of the pain and the blood plus it was so tiring! The devil in me fed my son with formula milk a few times during those tiring nights but miraculously, my son refused. If not because of his refusal, I would not have continued breastfeeding until today. And I am thankful for that.
I feel really grateful today because I managed to breastfeed my son until he was 2 ½ years old although formula milk had been added. I am proud to say that I exclusively breastfed my eldest son for 8 months, religiously pumping milk at office, crying for my son when I accidentally left the pump at home and dreading the day when supply was low.
As for my daughter, it was easier because I had a normal birth and she didn’t have any problem latching on immediately and she sleeps peacefully at night. The only problem that I encountered while breastfeeding my daughter now is she loves to bite while breastfeeding and it is really painful! She’s turning two very soon though and I am planning to gradually stop breastfeeding her.
To all mommies-to-be out there, equip yourself with breastfeeding knowledge and breastfeed your child! You have nothing to lose and I’d say breast milk smells nicer than formula milk!
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