Breastfeeding is as big a journey as pregnancy.
It was clear in my mind, the moment i gave birth or even before it, that I was going to exclusively breastfeed my baby. Hearing about the tremendous health benefits for not only the baby but also the mom, who wouldn’t want to?!
I was assured that with breastfeeding:
-I was gonna provide outmost nutrition to my little one, which he would never end up getting from any external sources, at least for the first 6 months. Help him gain higher immunity, grow better and make him prone to numerous conditions.
-Transfer him the antibodies that my body was specially designed to make, uniquely for him. Why would I let them go waste?!
-Get myself a special bonding time with him where it was just him and I.
-Simultaneously aid my body against various ailments that breastfeeding work against (cancers, diabetes, hypertension to name few)
-Help myself regulate weight loss (fyi- absolutely zinch for me).
So the journey started the day the baby was born and went on for a good16-17 months. I was satisfied being certain that there is nothing more pure and wholesome I could have given to the baby in these first crucial transforming months of his life.
The benefits, however, came with it’s own set of challenges:
-I couldn’t be away from him for too long (he wasn’t ready to accept the bottle for the longest time so there was no point pumping)
-The trauma of sore breasts
-Weaning off (discussed in a separate post) became the most tedious task of my lifetime since the baby got so used to exclusively breastfeeding.
-Social events became difficult to attend (both with and without him considering the society’s take on breastfeeding in public)
-Post-partum weight loss had to wait because I used to hog on food while feeding.
-Bonding with hubby became sparse
Nevertheless, today, almost 2 years later i realise that this journey has incomparably done more good than harm to each one of us.This post is to encourage all the ladies who are having a tough time with feeding dilemmas, weaning off etc. I’d like to assure you that you are giving the best of what you can and doing complete justice to the little angels you made..
This too shall pass…
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