I was a breastfeeding mom. I belong to the old school of thought (actually not so old anymore as a lot of mums would echo my thoughts), that mother’s milk is the healthiest for the baby. Unless, of course, it is not possible due to unavoidable circumstances.
I remember when my son was born, initially, I could not feed him. I was scared to even hold him, he was so tiny…almost fragile. I went through tough, highly stressful and teary eyed times, before I could feed my baby successfully. I continued to nurse my son till he was almost two and a half years old. Yes, it is an extremely challenging, excruciatingly (at times) difficult task; yet NOT impossible and oh so beautiful! ☺
There are various articles on the internet that give you the ‘what ‘and the ‘how’ of breastfeeding. But I would love to share my journey with you; what actually worked for me and how I overcame the seemingly countless challenges. So let’s start rolling:
You can express by hand or use a pump- manual or electric. I preferred the pump. It generally takes about half hour or so to pump both breasts. But then again, mums, we all are unique…decide for yourself. Expressed milk is also a boon if you are working or need to be away from your baby for a while. You can store it in bottles (readily available) and refrigerate it at about 4 degrees Celsius, up to almost 5 days. I tried it once in a while, it worked out fine.
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