Breast milk is the best gift a mom can ever give to their little bundle of joy. It has all the nutrients a baby needs, including antibodies to help baby fight off any infections, and one doesn’t have to worry about sterilizing bottles and the risk of contaminating baby’s milk during preparation. I also enjoy the skin-to-skin contact with my baby during breastfeeding. I feel really close to my baby, especially if I’ve been away at work, and I look forward to some bonding time during his feeds.
My family supported me a lot, especially my husband and my mum. Hubby kept the cups of tea coming and my mum prepared delicious meals for me, and I just focused on feeding my baby on demand. My work colleagues gave me useful advice about preparing to return to work, investing in a good breast pump, and also expressing and storing milk supplies while I was on maternity leave, so that there was enough for baby when I was at work.
Advice for new moms: Be patient, sometimes the milk takes a while to come in, it can get frustrating for you and baby, but don’t give up: keep baby on the breast, the milk does come in eventually. The baby can take a while to latch on the breast properly, but practice makes perfect. Keep at it, and eventually you and baby will get the hang of it! - Yolanda, South Africa.