My breastfeeding Journey

Thursday, September 1, 2011

As i have said in my previous blogs, brestfeeding wasn't thoroughly taught in medical school. We were never taught on the correct latch or how often should you breastfeed or the medications that are or are not allowed for brestfeeding mothers. If someone in my batch would disagree then i would say that i may have been absent on the day it was taught.

I breastfed my eldest for only 2 and a half months. I found it painful and tiring. My husband kept insisting that i feed her with my milk but it was too painful for me. Nobody taught me anything. So my milk dwindle.

When I got pregnent with my second child, K, i was determined to breastfeed for as long as I could. I read and read and read thru the internet, thru books and thru blogs. When K finally came it wasn't easy. My milk didn't come out till she was 4 days old. So i fed her formula for the first few days. When my milk came, it wasn't enough to satisfy her. For a couple of weeks with a day or two intervals, i had to pump every 2 hours to increase milk production. I was taking many supplements. It wasn't easy but we breastfed for more than 6 months.

When I got pregnant with G, i decided that I wasn't gonna breastfeed for long. I initially thought that being out in the field often, it would be difficult to pump. But i think Divine Intervention got in the way. While I was on twitter, a lot of whom I was following kept talking about breastmilk and breastfeeding. This got me interested... Again. So a lot of blog post and a few realizations later, here I am breastfeeding and pumping my almost 3 week old son and I've never regreted doing it again.

Sure it's costly at first. I had to buy a new breastpump, more breastfeeding accessories and it takes a lot of your time, day and night. But knowing that he's having the best food I could give coupled with love and affection, and looking at him gobble up all that magic milk, that's the best feeling in the world.