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Five things that I learnt from my breastfeeding journey

I breastfed my first born till 9 months and my 20 month old second baby still isn't weaned yet. They are closely spaced so I can say that it's been almost 3 years and I have learnt many things during this time. Some of which are as follows:

  1. It's your choice. EBF can take a toll on your mental and physical health, especially if you don't have any help, so please don't feel pressurized by social, cultural norms and opt for formula if you feel that you are failing to be a good mom because of forcing yourself to do something which your body isn't coping up with.

  2. If you want to exclusively BF your baby, avoid offering formula in the first four weeks. There will be times that relatives or fellow moms would tell you that the baby is not satiated by your feed, but if the baby is getting 5-8 wet diapers per day and feels satiated for 1-2 hours after a good feed it's okay. Sometimes they will be cranky and ask for a feed every half an hour. That's mostly because they are going through a growth spurt or having gas pains etc. You can also pump your milk in advance and ask someone to feed the baby if you want to rest.

  3. If because if some reason you can't feed the baby, make sure that you express your milk by a pump every 3 hours or hand express in the shower. This not only keeps you less prone to mastitis, breast engorgement, but also maintains the milk supply. I had to pump and discard milk after feeds also, because I had engorgement.

  4. Stay hydrated, and take a balanced diet. Also take calcium and vit D3 supplements otherwise you will be at a greater risk for calcium deficiency. Taking omega 3 acids increases DHA content in the milk which is good for babies brain development.

  5. Don't let one bad day affect your decision to feed your baby. Sometimes, they want to be held, sometimes they are having gas pains due to under developed digestive systems, sometimes they are over-tired Or stimulated. Try to relax as much as possible when the baby sleeps and take all the help you can get. It's all worth it in the end.

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