I realized there were no solid online support groups in my area. Over the past few years I've also come to know that women suffer depression silently. The pressure of being a perfect mother has its downside both short term and long term.
Repost from @100happymomdays
Day 3 / 100
September 24, 2019
This post is about breastfeeding. If you're not comfortable reading it, I'd suggest you scroll away.
More moms need to read this than I can imagine :
You are not any less of a mother if you don't have sufficient lactation quantities for your child ! It's ok if you don't produce enough milk for your baby's nutritional needs. There is no harm supplementing your feeds. Feeding your child pumped milk is totally ok.
What you decide to feed your child is completely a mother's decision. It doesn't matter what your better half thinks, your parents, the neighbours or your friends. It is your body, your child and your instincts.
If you've not had a full term kid, you're probably in the 5% women with lack of milk supply. It is totally normal. I've been there. There's nothing to feel guilty about. You are no less of a mother than those who exclusively breastfeed. Seek a lactation consultant's help. Shut out all negative and judgemental comments made by people around you. You don't need that type of negativity in your life.
What does help in milk production is rest (yes, surprisingly sleep!!) and specific diet (with lots of garlic). If you have had ruptured nipples because of incorrect latching, after having tried many commercial products, I suggest the most effective medicine is butter. Yes, the in-the-fridge and in-the-kitchen kind.
And hey Mom, there is something called breastfeeding jaundice. Nothing to panic about. It gets better when you continue breastfeeding. If your lymph nodes bulge or protrude, don't panic ... It's caused by engorgement. Motherhood is no cakewalk. Time heels everything.
I hope this brutally honest post helps someone out there. Take care.
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