I truly loved my experience breastfeeding, although it wasn’t all smooth sailing, I enjoyed it as one of the most beautiful and fulfilling maternal experiences possible. Before I gave birth, I made a strong decision that I was going to breastfeed. I thought this would happen pretty easily despite the fact that I didn’t do any research on the how to’s. My new baby boy’s attachment wasn’t quite right in hospital which lead to a bit of damage and quite a bit of pain, my body was pretty sore in general after hospital. After a week or two of healing, helped by some expressing, I was back on track. Keeping up the supply of my own breast milk to match the demand of my little baby boy’s needs helped avoid supplementing.
I had some other good tips in hospital from a lovely mid-wife very keen to help. She described how breastfeeding mothers in African countries breastfed and this helped me imagine the mechanics of nursing. I also saw a great diagram on the hospital wall showing the process of breastfeeding. I learnt a lot as I went along and I think nothing comes close to the feeling of nursing and big beautiful baby’s eyes looking up to you.
Breastfeeding for me had challenges but well worth every bit of pain. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – unknown author.