BY SIMONA TERRON
The most crucial act for a mother and baby post childbirth is breastfeeding. It is so basic, yet, its benefits are many for both mother and child. The sad truth, though, is that this beautiful bonding experience can sometimes be problematic. Several women are ashamed of admitting that what they’ve been told is a natural and relaxing process, is actually rife with issues that few folks talk about.
WE DISCUSS THE THREE MOST COMMON BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGES AND TELL YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM:
1. Working Moms: New moms face a terrible dilemma: they can either delay their return to work so they can breastfeed their baby for as long as possible to make them stronger and healthier, but stand to risk professional suicide, or they can rely on formula and return to work immediately but deal with missing work constantly, to attend to a sickly child. Solution? Breast pumps. They help you express your milk, which can be stored at room temperature for up to six hours, or refrigerated and fed to the baby while you are away at work. These lifesaving devices even come with a special storage compartment. Introduce your baby to bottle feeding as early as four weeks so they don’t reject it when you return to work.
2. Public Nursing: There is much debate about how appropriate it is for mothers to breastfeed in public. While it is nobody’s business to shame women for this natural activity, you can reduce the potential embarrassment or heckling by doing these simple things:
● Wear loose clothing with easy to open buttons in the front.
● Drape a small blanket or large scarf over your shoulder so it covers your breast and the baby’s head. You even get baby slings or nursing covers.
● Look for a lounge or private room if you are at places like the airport, department store or movie theatre.
3. Pain & Soreness: Not everything about nursing is rainbows and butterflies, so be prepared for a certain amount of pain. Avoiding breastfeeding because of this is foolish as it will lead to overfilling of the breast, which is unbelievably painful and even more dangerous for the mother.
Following these simple tips can work wonders on your breastfeeding journey. Alternatively, consulting an International Board Certifi ed Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in your quest to provide your child with the best nourishment and care, can really go a long way! | MB