Happy Breastfeeding Week everyone! •
When I had my first baby, I hadn't set myself a goal when I was going to wean her off breastfeeding. I wanted to do it for as long as I could because I enjoyed the bonding, felt it was a lot more convenient to do so, and believed in the nutritional benefits of breastmilk. I went back to work when she was 7 months, and my first assignment was a travel programme. I had my cooler bag with me throughout the trips, faithfully pumped, froze and checked-in all that liquid gold back when I returned. But it did come to a point where I found it stressful to keep up with the pumping schedule. I couldn't travel light (have to lug a cooler bag and breast pump wherever I go) and always had to find a nursing room every 3-4 hours during my filming -- it was getting inconvenient for me who was always on the go. By then she was also more interested in food than milk and then one day just after she turned one, she just decided she didn't want to latch anymore. •
With my second child, frankly I'm not sure if I can do the same, and I am sometimes filled with guilt thinking that I'm not being fair. But the rational side of me knows that it is ok even if I don't/can't breastfeed my son for a year because we still have formula milk to supplement if necessary👌🏻. •
My philosophy has always been that while we try to give our children the best, we mustn’t neglect our psychological well-being too. Because happy parents raise happy kids, so to all fellow moms who might be stressed one way or another, know that you are not alone on this journey.
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