5 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Breast milk is an ideal source of nutrition to support early life in babies and breastfeeding is a natural way of feeding a baby. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a mother should breastfeed her baby exclusively for six months as breast milk is the ideal food for infants.
This phase is a completely new experience for the mums and is a learning process for both the mother and the baby.
In a candid interview with BabyChakra, mum influencer Ria Rele Singh shares her breastfeeding journey. Here’s what she has to say.
Motherhood itself is rewarding and overwhelming at the same time, and so is breastfeeding. It’s a completely new experience for every first-time mum. This additional responsibility seems to turn every mother’s world upside down as it takes time for the mum to get a hang of the process.
But things were easier for me as I did get emotional support from my mother and my husband. Both of them helped me with the household chores and made me feel comfortable.
I am lucky that I did not face the common challenges of breastfeeding. However, I took time to get used to this process.
I wanted to resume working when my son Raynav completed five months. However, I wanted to continue breastfeeding. I used to pump milk for him and store it in a bottle.When I was not at home, my mum fed him with the help of the bottle.
I must say that my little one was supportive too as he never refused to consume the milk. So, I continued to breastfeed this way till he turned a year older.
No, I didn’t follow any specific diet plan and relied on healthy home-cooked food.
Breast milk is an excellent source of nutrients for your baby and mums should continue breastfeeding for more than a year if the little one demands so.
They can also try to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for a sufficient supply of breast milk. For mums who face challenges like cracked nipples, mastitis, blocked ducts and insufficient milk supply, you can consult a lactation consultant who can guide you on the same. Plus, lactating mums should be calm and patient in this learning phase and keep telling themselves the Persian adage, “this too shall pass.”
Mum Ria Rela Singh believes breastfeeding mums should focus on building a bond with the little ones and enjoy every phase of this journey.
Image Credit: Ria Rele Singh
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