How I was able to influence moms to breastfeed and not give up?
If one thing came easy in my life .. It was Breast Milk 🤷♀️. I was 30 plus when I delivered and few taunted that I may not get that much milk, I remember asking this question in Babychakra and fellow mommies gave lot of positive answers. I added this breastmilk concern to my daily Prayer. Mine was a planned Csection in 39th week, I did not get colustrum immediately, I was reading a lot of stories in Babychakra about moms not getting milk,; babies not latching and so on. I was 100% sure that my baby won't latch and drink immediately when I was asked to breastfeed, 2 nurses were there to assist me and the baby. I was surprised when my daughter latched and sucked milk like a pro, Even the nurses were little taken back. The moment I can never forget, I screamed out of pain and this was not expected.
Before you could think how easy this was.. Let me tell you " It's been 19 months since I slept for 4 hrs straight ". I had sore nipples, I had back pain,; sleepless nights, feeding at odd places wherever we traveled Hotels, flights, churches, passport office , ola rides etc. And ofcourse lots n lots of lovey dovey moments with my daughter. I promised myself that I will breastfeed till 6 months but I was so motivated that I decided to keep this journey going... 19 months and we are strong.;
I can count how many times my daughter had been sick, may be 3 or 4 hospital visit (touchwood) , My daughter gets comforted the moment I latch her, it puts her to sleep and I dint want to keep this happiness just to me, I wanted other moms to know this sweet feeling and how it's going to benefit the baby. Nilofer Shaikh delivered Baby B after me and she had few difficulties,; At times I have been little abrupt to her about breastfeeding but she is a sport and took it positively instead of judging me. On Mother's day when Babychakra had an Breastfeeding event Baby B dozed to sleep when she was breastfed. Trust me that was one unforgettable moment in my life, I felt happy that I was able to motivate someone and make it happen.
I also get tagged in their Breastfeeding success story,; and few even send private msgs and thank me. Ofcourse few took it in a negative way but this will not stop me. I will continue to encourage new mothers to breastfeed and never give up. If a new mother says she is unable to breastfeed , Please be kind and encourage her to try and not give up. Do not suggest formula immediately, Breastfeeding is a social issue and we need to encourage each other. Support system is very important for a mom to breastfeed exclusively.
Breastfeeding is definitely a Social Responsibility!