Two mothers, Mohana and Esme Marie, faced different challenges when it came to breastfeeding. Mohana experienced a natural birth and found it difficult to establish a successful breastfeeding routine due to inexperience of latching the baby, and exhaustion. Esme Marie faced a C-section and had to contend with the additional healing process that came with it. Despite the challenges both mothers faced, they were successful in their breastfeeding efforts. Mohana was able to establish a successful breastfeeding routine with the help of her lactation consultant, who provided her with tips on positioning and latching. Esme Marie was able to dedicate her time to learning and understanding the process of breastfeeding, which enabled her to overcome the physical limitations of the C-section. Mothercare supports and encourages both mothers, as they strive to provide the best possible support to all parents. They believe that with the right guidance and advice, mothers can overcome any obstacles and be successful in their breastfeeding journey. Mohana and Esme Marie are proof that with a bit of determination and perseverance, anything is possible.
Mohana, determination to be successful at breastfeeding
It was a normal delivery and she was discharged from the hospital after two days. She started breastfeeding her son but he was not latching successfully. She used pumped milk and formula to supplement him. After a week, she tried exclusive breastfeeding but her son was not gaining weight. She consulted a lactation consultant and followed her advice. She also read articles and watched YouTube videos by accredited consultants. She is now able to breastfeed her son exclusively and he is gaining weight.
Mohana had always envisioned herself as a mother who would breastfeed her child. She had read about the benefits of breastfeeding and was eager to provide her child with the best possible nutrition. However, when Mohana's baby was born, she quickly realized that breastfeeding was not as easy as she had thought it would be. Mohana struggled with latching her baby on, and found herself feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. She was worried that she was not doing it right and that her baby was not getting enough milk. She was also exhausted from getting up multiple times a night to feed her baby. Mohana's family and friends were supportive, but she still felt like she was failing. She was ready to give up breastfeeding and switch to formula, but her lactation consultant encouraged her to keep trying. Finally, after a few weeks of persistence, Mohana and her baby figured out breastfeeding. She was relieved and proud of herself for not giving up. Breastfeeding was now one of the most special bonding experiences she shared with her child.
Mohana's experience is not uncommon. Breastfeeding can be challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences a mother can have. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, know that you are not alone and that there is help available.
Esme-Marie, breastfeeding all her three children more than 18months
When Esme-Marie first became a mother, she struggled with breastfeeding. She was unsure of how to position her baby, how often to feed them, and how to know if they were getting enough milk. However, she persevered and sought out help from lactation consultants and other experienced mothers. Through determination and hard work, she was eventually able to breastfeed her children successfully for more than 18 . Esme-Marie's key to success was her willingness to keep trying, even when it was difficult. She was also very diligent in seeking out help and advice from those who knew more than she did. Additionally, she made sure to keep her baby close, both physically and emotionally. This allowed her to bond with her child and to better understand their needs. Today, Esme-Marie is a proud mother of three healthy, happy children. She is grateful for the challenges she faced with breastfeeding, as they made her a stronger and more confident mother. She is also proud to have been able to provide her children with the best possible nutrition during those critical early months.
"The key to success in breastfeeding is to have a good support system in place." When it comes to breastfeeding, having a good support system in place is key to success. Whether it's your partner, your family, or your friends, it's important to have people who can offer you encouragement and help when needed. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both mother and newborn. For the mother, breastfeeding can help to reduce stress and promote bonding with her baby. It can also help to improve her mental health and reduce her risk of developing certain diseases. For the newborn, breastfeeding can help to boost their immune system and protect them from developing obesity or other chronic health conditions later in life. If you're thinking about breastfeeding, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider and ask for help from a lactation consultant if needed. With the right support, you can be successful in breastfeeding your baby.
Benefits of breastfeeding:
The benefits of breastfeeding are many and varied, and have been well-documented over the years. Some of the most well-known benefits of breastfeeding include:
- Breastfeeding can help to reduce the risk of childhood obesity.
- Breastfeeding can help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
- Breastfeeding can help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding can help to boost the immune system, making children less susceptible to developing infections and illnesses.
- Breastfeeding can help to improve bonding between mother and child.
- Breastfeeding can help to improve cognitive development in children.
- Breastfeeding can help to reduce the risk of postpartum depression in mothers.
- Breastfeeding can help to save money, as formula and other baby food can be expensive.
- Breastfeeding can help to improve maternal health, by reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
- Breastfeeding can be a convenient way to feed your child, as you do not need to prepare bottles or food when you are out and about.
There are many other benefits of breastfeeding that are not listed here, but these are some of the most well-known and well-documented benefits. If you are considering breastfeeding, be sure to speak to your healthcare provider to get more information and to see if it is the right choice for you and your family.
There is no one right way to breast feed
As a new mom, you may be wondering what the best position is for breastfeeding your baby. The truth is, there is no “one position fits all” – what matters most is that you and your baby are comfortable. Here are a few different positions you can try:
- Cradle hold: This is the most common position for breastfeeding and is likely the one you’ll use most often. To do this, simply hold your baby in your arm like you would a cradle, with their head resting in the crook of your elbow.
- Cross-cradle hold: This position is similar to the cradle hold, but you’ll use your opposite arm to support your baby’s head. This can be helpful if your baby has difficulty latching on.
- Football hold: This position is often used when babies are born prematurely or have a low birthweight, as it helps them to control the amount of milk they consume. It is also good for mothers with C-section birth. To do this, simply hold your baby under your arm like a football, with their head resting in the palm of your hand.
- Side-lying position: This position is popular especially among mothers with C-section birth. This position can be helpful if you’re nursing a baby who has difficulty latching on, or if you’re feeling tired and need to rest. To do this, simply lie on your side, with your baby facing you. You can prop yourself up with pillows to make yourself more comfortable. Whichever position you choose, make sure that you’re comfortable and that your baby is able to latch on correctly. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider for help.
TIPS FOR NEW MOTHERS
There is no right way to there are a few basics that can help get you started regardless of the positioning. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin breastfeeding your baby.
- Get comfortable. You may want to try a few different positions to find what works best for you and your baby. Try leaning back in a chair with pillows behind you or lying down on your side.
- Relax. It may take a little practice to get the hang of breastfeeding but try to relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be for your baby to latch on.
- Be patient. Bt may take a few tries for your baby to get the hang of latching on and breastfeeding. Be patient and keep trying. If you’re still having trouble, ask a lactation consultant or your doctor for help.
- Listen to your body. Breastfeeding can be tiring, so listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. If you’re feeling pain, try different positions or ask for help from a lactation consultant or your doctor.
- Don’t worry about perfection. There is no perfect way to breastfeed, so don’t worry if things aren’t going the way you thought they would. Every baby and every mom is different, so do what works best for you and your baby.
- Seek help if you need it. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from a lactation consultant or your doctor if you’re having trouble breastfeeding. They can help you troubleshoot problems and make sure you and your baby are getting the nutrition you need.