March 13 2017, the day I met my little angel who gave me a second life. The labor and delivery was a scintillating experience for me as a first time mommy. All throughout my pregnancy I constantly kept myself occupied reading about the various ways people enjoyed being pregnant. i followed fellow blogger mommies who had different views on everything relating to pregnancy. Right from the tests, scan, food, workouts and leisure time.My choices were abundant and I had plenty to choice from.
But the one thing that was constantly running in my subconscious mind- Vaginal Delivery and Breastfeeding
That is also the time, I started reading about breastfeeding.I also got to know there were classes for learning about various positions to feed the baby and that can be taken even before the delivery. There are also few hospitals who offer this as part of their package to expecting clients. Well living in the 21st century, this is not something to be surprised of. This would not have been possible for our ancestors- say even our moms.
When I told my mom about this, she found it interesting and gave me a go. Though we do have the elders guiding us through their experiences, they still agree on things like these.
A breastfeeding class can introduce us to some of the different positions and offer some reassurance that breastfeeding is not something that’s going to happen immediately. Baby and us are both going to need some time to get the hang of it.
The womanly art of breastfeeding is a wonderful book to start with in case you do not have time to attend to classes.
These classes teach us about the different latches, feeding cues and stomach size.
It is very important to get the first latch properly. This is done immediately in the labor room.My God I really felt I was in heaven when I felt her lips. What more does a mother want?
And ladies in case you are attending the classes birthing/breastfeeding don't forget to take your husbands. It is very much necessary they accompany us not just as moral support but to get to know and be supportive.
I initially had little struggles with making my daughter feed, I was very much worried about it. But I did not give up.The main thing to focus during this time is not to fall into depression and not to lose hope. I strongly kept saying within me I can feed my baby, I can satisfy her hunger needs and I can do it. This positive vibe really did wonders, slowly I starting seeing changes and feeding time became relaxing for both me and my baby. Feeding with keeping the baby in the baby carrier was another blessing in this era. Though feeding in public is still a big 'WHAT THE' in this society making a lot of heads turn, the carrier made it easier.
As the months passed, I noticed that she needed much more than only milk. That is when I decided to wean.I started with porridge and fruit purees. She had an instant liking. We can start this once the head gets the support and the baby can balance the head-neck.Apple purees, finger millet, rice porridge were becoming her favorite.
so what is baby led weaning then?
We can start letting the baby taste, feel the textures by giving them small portions. Self feeding improves hand-eye coordination.Baby learns to swallow, lick and chew. Once the baby starts sprouting the first tooth we can offer finger foods like carrots ,beans. Take care not to feed nuts/peanuts as it may lead to choking.
Eating with the family is a great practice that can be cultivated as early as 8 months. The baby can watch others eat so that they get to learn what and how.
And ladies you can still continue breast feeding until the child is one.Nobody can stop you from that.