"Set small targets", that is what my Lactation Consultant advised me when I shared my worries of breastfeeding. It was indeed a rough start - I remember having this gorgeous baby boy in my arms but instead of being happy, the both of us were crying. I never knew that breastfeeding did not come naturally for everyone.
Small targets, she repeated. Aim for one week, then aim for two, and before you know it, you've been breastfeeding for 6 straight months. And she was right, I'm on my 9th month and counting!
I struggled with trying to get my newborn to latch on. I tried feeding him on the bed, the couch, the arm chair, I tried with one pillow, a bolster, throw pillows, you name it, I tried it!
The one thing I wish I knew before embarking on the breastfeeding journey was the convenience of a breastfeeding pillow. The pillow can help you comfortably position your fragile newborn on a firm platform for a proper latch on. I was a little skeptical that on the 5th day after our son was born, my husband told me he was going out to get me My Brest Friend. He patiently understood the problem we were facing, did some research and told me we had nothing to lose.
I used my breastfeeding pillow till our baby was 7 months old. I still have it hanging around our room for my son to play with, and it was handy support before he could sit.
You read articles on the benefits of breastfeeding and you tell yourself that you will do so but for some, it is not as easy as it seems. I constantly reminded myself at the beginning to stay calm and persevere. It was no doubt a painful start but looking at where we are today, I would not trade the mother-child bond we share when breastfeeding with anything else in the world.