Breastfeeding – from mine to theirs

Motherhood is a beautiful, yet complicated, and life-changing event that I experienced fifteen years ago when my daughter came into this world (albeit three weeks early). Sindhushree, who we lovingly call Sana, was born by a lower segment caesarean section. After only having gotten a fleeting glance at her without my glasses, my daughter was promptly shunted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to my gestational diabetes status. Despite requests from my family and myself, I was not allowed to breastfeed my baby within the first hour of birth. The next few days passed in a blur without any counselling. An inverted nipple on one side and a cracked one on the other made breastfeeding difficult and painful. However, and contrary to many opinions, things eased out over the next few days, and I am happy and proud that I continued breastfeeding for the following two years.

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With breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care, baby Prapti gets a healthier start to life

In the village of Gayag, in Gujarat, India, 27-year-old Ilaben endured a difficult pregnancy before giving birth to her daughter, Prapti. Delivered early (pre-term) by caesarean-section, Prapti had a very low birthweight of only 1,380 grams and spent her first days in the neonatal intensive care unit. In the hospital she was tube-fed formula milk for two weeks, until she had gained enough weight to be taken home.

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