Breast is best for mom & Baby

Being a new mom is really an exciting time. The feeling you have as you lay your eyes upon your babe for the first time is just out of this world.

I recently gave birth and I am beyond excited. I have two other children which means that I am not new in this game anymore. I am currently exclusively breastfeeding, I Support breastfeeding moms as part of my job. I have attended breastfeeding workshops & conference including the very first World breastfeeding conference in India.

I have experience in this field now but Boy oh Boy, it can be a little bit challenging to establish at the beginning. First its pains as you start breastfeeding at birth from the uterine contractions, then that goes, but comes breast discomfort that come a few days postpartum as milk starts flooding in and some nipple pain that happens if baby has not latch well.

With this blog I am not intending to share any “official breastfeeding tips” I am just here to say as much as I am qualified in this field but I feel your pain. I can fully relate to what you going through. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Here is the most exciting truth though, it gets easier. It soon feels like you were always breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mom and baby. The priceless look you get from your baby when he/she is breastfeeding is just out of this world.

Luckily I have a lot of milk, I feed on demand (Day or Night). I strive to eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and at night when I wake up for feeds.I sometimes keep a quick snack by the side bed so that I can nibble on something during the late night feeds when I am hungry. The thought of having to wake up and warm up or mix formula just make me grateful that I have a 24/7 supply of milk at no cost or hassle.

I have started to nurse while lying on my side as sitting up straight at night can be tiring sometimes.
It is no brainer but I must tell you, do invest in easy access button tops/ dresses and nursing bras because when baby asks for it, you have to respond anywhere you are.We are now at 6 weeks and now the expressing journey has to start so we have enough stored milk. I will share that in my next blog.  Also 6 weeks comes with a first an most big growth spurt so we are going to be feeding much more. I will also share how that is going in my next blog.

For now hang in there, don’t stop or don’t give up. I am here with you, let’s do this.

Yours in Nutrition

Mbali Mapholi

Registered Dietitian

One thought on “Breast is best for mom & Baby

  1. Noma says:

    Thank you so very much for this. Can’t wait to read more.

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