Breast-feeding may help protect babies from neglect
I love breastfeeding, but it wasn’t easy at first. Those first couple of days when you feel like your uterus is going to burst out of your stomach is no picnic. To top it off, your milk doesn’t come in immediately, and when it does, ouch! And every time the baby latches on, the uterus contracts as your nipples are on fire. If you can get through all of that without having a mini-mommy-meltdown, your amazing. Breastfeeding is a skill that requires a lot of patience in the beginning. There are lactation consultants available to help you through it, or a nighttime nurse that will put cabbage leaves and a hot compress on your breasts, true story. If one can’t breastfeed because of engorged breast with mastitis, it’s okay. You gave it a try, and that’s what is important. I had to suffer through such engorgement and pain, but I was destined to be a SAHM. For those of you in the working world with other children, this is next to impossible. There are ways to bond with your baby, even if you can’t put him to the breast. When giving the baby a bottle, lay with him, caress their head, toes, and face. Look into their eyes, smile, and tell them how much you love them. You will feel the purest love of your life. Breast direct or bottle feeding, there isn’t a better present than being present with your baby.
How was your breastfeeding experience? Did you feel bonded to your baby without breastfeeding?