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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – August 7), we asked our amazing community of Moms to share their personal and intimate experiences on breastfeeding. While every experience is unique and special on its own, we hope that their tips/stories are helpful and relatable for a lot of new Moms. Read on to learn about their individual experiences and share your own with us.
1.“Becoming a Mother really changed me – the arrival of a tiny human who was totally dependent on me gave me a new sense of responsibility and I was overwhelmed by a roller coaster of emotions. The first week of breastfeeding was difficult, with so many changes taking place, adjusting to the new pattern, along with postpartum blues and lack of sleep. But soon, things became easier, I started bonding with my baby and truly enjoying motherhood. A positive outlook and attitude can really help get you through the blues. I always tell new Moms to just try and sleep, get enough rest, eat well and simply enjoy every little moment.”
- Dr. Neharika Malhotra.
2.“I never imagined that breastfeeding could be a painful experience. But incorrect latching left me bleeding at times and I would start crying as soon as it was time to feed. Eventually, we both got the hang of it and I am still breastfeeding my 11-month-old baby. My advice to new moms would be to stay positive and to not stress. Stress can adversely affect milk supply.Lots of warm compress and hydration is what really helped!”
- Anchal Narayan
3. “I believe it’s a heart-to-heart connection between a Mumma and baby. It’s when a new Mother truly gives life to her newborn by playing a part in his/her best overall growth and development.”
- Monika Sehdev
4. “My breastfeeding journey has been very beautiful and smooth. My daughter is now 3 years old and I am still breastfeeding her and feel very proud about it. It has helped me create a special bond with my little one ever since she was born. Here’s a few things that really inspired me to breastfeed: (1) Lactation was never a problem so to breastfeed my baby was very easy. (2) I knew that breast milk would strengthen my baby, help her fight infections and make her immune system strong so I was very clear that I would breastfeed for as long as possible. (3) When teething infants refuse to eat anything, breastfeeding can provide complete nutrition for your baby.”
- Shilpa Kamdar
5. “As a breastfeeding mother, I was always concerned about my baby's weight because breastfed babies tend to be petite as compared to formula-fed babies. But after research and experience, I think there is nothing more precious and full of goodness for my baby apart from breast milk.”
- Sneha Tiwari
6. “I learned the true meaning of the phrase "never give up" from my breastfeeding experience with my baby girls. It taught me my first lesson on patience as a mother and how rewarding and overwhelming it is when your baby finally starts latching properly on her own.”
- Noopur Agarwal
7. “When I started breastfeeding, I realized that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Your get cracked nipples or even knots of milk around the breast due to clogged milk ducts. What I finally realized is that sometimes your body is just not capable of generating enough milk, no matter what solutions you try. Hence, I had to give up breastfeeding after trying several remedies, just one month after my delivery. I do want to make other moms aware of these issues so that they can tackle them and seek help as soon as they get pregnant.”
- Anisha Agarwal
8. “I did a LOT of reading while I was pregnant. Though I totally understand that a lot of women are not able to produce enough milk to breastfeed, I believe that if you can, then breastfeeding should be your first option. There is no substitute for breastmilk. Your baby gets all the required nutrients from breastmilk. I was able to breastfeed my babies for one whole year and would highly recommend it.
- Sheetal Haria
Got a breastfeeding experience you want to share with others? Leave a comment with your stories, tips and valuable suggestions.