I call it Boobielane, ice cream lovers know how exciting it is to go to Milky Lane to get that waffle with ice cream on top or get that soft serve. I think every time they see or think of us, they see “Boobie-lane” and they get excited 😊 and have the same tinkles as us for that banana split with double cream.
Before I had Baby N I used to think I will never breastfeed, I was worried how my breasts will look like after breastfeeding. Women with small boobs will understand this, lol 😂. You worry about your body, but after I gave birth I didn’t even think of my body. I remember the first attempt to feed baby N went smooth, she latched on perfectly and I fell in love with her. I’ve heard horrific stories about the first attempt but I didn’t experience any problems, yes it was a bit uncomfortable but it got better.
The importance of breastfeeding
Most pregnant women have concerns if they will produce enough milk or will they succeed or even enjoy. I did my research on breastfeeding and how important it is, what are the benefits and I got to realise there are no disadvantages it’s all good for both mom and the baby. I had conversations about this with different mothers to hear why wouldn’t they breastfeed, or why they not breastfeeding
“I did not have enough milk”
“I didn’t enjoy it”
“I had to go back to work” (most popular)
“My baby didn’t want breast milk”.
We all different and I believe every mother raises their child the best way they know how to. I am not here to judge.
I enjoy breastfeeding, I call it our bonding time with baby N, how she looks into my eyes (at times she demands the attention…like “look at me mom”) when I’m feeding, how she plays with her leg(you’ll notice little things that just put a smile on your heart & soul), seeing her enjoy brings so much joy to me. When I had to go back to work it was a bit difficult, I sometimes have a 7am call-time which means I must be out of the house by 5:30am. I would wake up at 4:30am to feed her before I leave then express/pump at work in between takes and put in the fridge, which our nanny will give her during the day when I’m at work. It was the most tiring thing ever but I want nothing but the best for her. She’s 9 months now and I’m still breastfeeding, it gets easier as she grows.
Numerous studies from around the world have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies and are less severe when they do happen. Exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no solid food, formula, or water) for at least six months seems to offer the most protection.
As we approaching breastfeeding awareness week , let’s encourage one another to breastfeed as it’s good for both mommy and baby. I’m not judging mothers who are not breastfeeding, I am not saying I am perfect all I’m saying is if you can give him/her the Bobbie it is worth it 🙌🏽
Last but not least, some tips:
If you want ways to increase your milk this might work for you as it does for me:
1. Massage my breast with olive oil
2. Include garlic in your food or when you cook
3. Drink lots of water
4. Try to stress less (stress affects your milk supply)
5. Include protein in your diet
6. Keep feeding him/her, the more they feed the more milk you produce.
These are some of the things I do to make sure I have enough milk for baby N .