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Remembering My Breastfeeding Days: The First Few Days 

The Moment of Birth 

Finally, the day arrived!

Labour was exhausting but no words can describe the moment the doctor put my newborn on my chest immediately after birth. I felt his warm skin against mine. It was magical. Could he hear my heartbeat like when he was in my womb?

The Moment of Birth 

 

First Hour 

To my surprise, my baby was alert and started to root for my nipples, although it certainly took some time before he started to suckle. My doctor told me to be patient and give my baby some time. After an hour or so, my baby finally started suckling. Boy, you must be hungry!

First Hour 

So this is what breastfeeding is like! It’s definitely a new sensation for me and the start of an exciting new journey with my baby.

Related: How I Learnt to Breastfeed with Mummy

 

First Night 

Soon after I was transferred to the ward, a nurse came in with baby’s cot and placed him next to me so that he can room in with me all the time. This was what we wanted when hubby and I chose a baby-friendly hospital.

First Night 

Although I was apprehensive at first, I am so glad to have him close to me as it helps me to understand him better. I’ve gradually learnt to recognise his feeding cues and breastfeed him whenever he is hungry. He would start to fidget, his lips would start moving, followed by these cute smacking sounds he makes! Surprisingly, having him close to me has also made him calmer!

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Day 2 

However, latching on my baby for feeds can be challenging, especially for the first few times. Thankfully, the nurses were very patient with us and extremely supportive. They taught me how to do it properly and how to tell whether my baby is having a good latch. It hurt a little when it was not done right but I’m sure with the right support and help, as well as ample practice, baby and I will get the hang of it soon.

Day 2 

 

Day 3 

My breasts are engorged as milk is coming in. It’s uncomfortable but the friendly nurses told me that as long as I continue to breastfeed regularly (at least every 2-3 hours), my body will learn to adapt. I heard that massaging my breasts while feeding will also help!

This morning, the lactation consultant taught me the different positions to hold my baby while he’s feeding. I didn’t know there were so many different ways! She also told me that even after I am discharged, I could give her a call whenever I experience any issues with breastfeeding — that’s a relief!

Day 3 

Ready to know what happened in the first year? Or need to recap the pregnancy days? Read the other parts in this series:

 


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