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Christina Gallo Nizic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A mother’s reflections on reaching her son’s six-month milestone.
Committing to exclusively breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I have ever done. I always thought that instinct would take over and I would just know how to breastfeed. This was not the case.
Ten days after the due date for the arrival of my first baby, I had a cesarean section following failure to progress after an induction. I suffered a panic attack during the surgery because I was so exhausted and terrified by the procedure. After all that, breastfeeding didn’t get off to a good start. My son dropped 1lb 3oz in his first four days. My midwife was very concerned and I feared that if I didn’t start breastfeeding “correctly,” I would have to supplement my son with formula.
I can totally understand why women would give up on breastfeeding, especially after a cesarean. My body was in so much pain and my breasts were sore and scabbed due to poor positioning and attachment. There were all those nighttime feedings, the all-day suckling, cluster feeding, the zero hours of sleep, and the delirious mood swings. My only motivation to continue breastfeeding came from knowing it was the best thing for my son. Once we perfected the latch it got easier and easier.
Once we perfected the latch it got easier and easier.
My son is six months old today and I am overcome with emotions. I have come to love breastfeeding him as it has created such a profound bond between us. He is now starting solids, but I have exclusively breastfed him until this point. I am so proud of myself for not giving up. It is one of the most empowering experiences of my life.