Should I breastfeed or give my baby formula? Or both? Whether you are pregnant or have given birth, this is a decision you will need to make.
For me, I knew I wanted to breastfeed, at least the first few months–but nothing prepared me for how challenging I would find it to maintain my breast milk supply. It was especially difficult those first few months, but my milk supply was finally more established at 5-6 months of baby’s age. Despite the tears, frustration and hours spent pumping, I know I would really do it all over again, because of the benefits of breast milk for my baby. She didn’t catch a single cold the entire time I almost exclusively breastfed before solids were introduced, and since then only one cold before she turned one year old. I myself have fallen sick 3 times during that period! Add to this the fact that the moments of quiet close bonding are truly special and well worth treasuring. Thankfully, I have now been able to breastfeed baby till 14 months of age before stopping.
The most crucial stage is establishing that milk supply in the first 3-4 months of your baby’s life. During this time, get as MUCH rest and support as you can. Take care of yourself, accept offers of help from others and remember to sleep/rest when baby sleeps!
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