The Breastfeeding Journey – First Latch to Nursing In Public

MAA – The Mom Series (Bonus Post)

Hello to all my lovely readers, as promised I am bringing to you the 1st Bonus Post of The Mom Series for the month of December, The Breastfeeding Journey. I feel so proud and elated right now while sharing this story of an awesome mom that I am falling short of words. What to say about her? Have you ever felt battling with something big that once you are over with it you decide to work towards it to spread the awareness, so that no one else goes through the similar struggles.

Well, this mom is one such person, she faced challenges right after her delivery but she was determined and never lost hope. Let’s read her very inspiring story in her own words.

Read Sapna's inspiring breastfeeding story

My Breastfeeding Journey

By Sapna Krishnan

When I was pregnant, I wasn’t prepared for anything and had zero knowledge about the whats and the hows. Also, I worked until my 7th month, quit and then went to my hometown for my delivery. There I had a c-section and was in the ICU where my daughter, Tanirika was brought to me 2 hours post-surgery.

While at the hospital – The first latch

I had no idea what getting the right latch was during breastfeeding. The nurse tried to help but gave up after 3 tries. She asked my mother to take the baby back to the room and bring her later to try again. I had no clue what was happening.

She was brought back an hour later, maybe because she was crying in hunger. We tried again but she didn’t latch. It was a new nurse on shift and she shouted at my mother for not being able to help me. It broke my heart and being high on hormones, I unleashed myself on the nurse. She apologized and my daughter was taken back again, hungry.

It slowly started to sink in that my baby was hungry and wasn’t getting my feed. The hospital did not even start her on formula. I was moved to the room a little later. Seeing how helpless we were, the nurses in charge of that floor came to help us. And we got the first latch, although not right. It hurt but I kept at it thinking that was normal. My cousin who stayed back asked me to sit through it because feeding the baby was more important than the pain of a wrong latch.

Back to home – Support from BSIM

It was all good at the hospital but hell broke loose when we got home. The pain was unbearable and my daughter had begun to cluster feed. I was advised against nursing while lying down. The first night and she cried her lungs through it because I couldn’t keep her on my breast any longer and I was told I didn’t have enough milk because it wasn’t leaking.

Meet Sapna and her lovely daughter and read her breastfeeding story

I cried for the next few hours with the baby wailing in my cousin’s arms. I felt like a horrible and incapable mother already, on day 4. My cousin assured me that it is going to be fine and I just need to eat and drink well and my body will make the necessary milk. Determined to only breastfeed my baby, I ate 9 times a day. Oh yes, I wanted to throw up most times but I had to do it if that is what is going to help me breastfeed. Nothing else mattered. Every time she cried, she was on the breast. All other times, I was eating. Sleep? Well, I had no idea, because I kept alarms to wake up to eat/drink.

This went on for a month and then I couldn’t handle it. I stumbled upon Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers (BSIM) on Facebook. I studied every post and went through all the documents, links and websites. Finally, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything felt normal. It may not sound right, but you feel a little better when you know you aren’t alone. The baby was on the breast more, my meals reduced and I became human again.

The Next Hurdle –  To Nurse In Public (NIP)

I had no idea how people did it. Someone suggested a front open (with zipper at the center) dress and although I thought it was a brilliant idea, reality hit when I had to use it. I wasn’t comfortable exposing and the dress did just that and I ended up being confined to the 4 walls.

It drove me mad and I had to do something about it. Why should I stop living because I had a baby? I did a little research and started my own brand in nursing wear by the name, T&S – Threads & Shuttles. Slowly, I realized while I was enjoying what I was doing, I wanted to do more. My hard time around breastfeeding was because of no knowledge around it; thankfully my family was pro-breastfeeding but wasn’t aware of the right techniques.

But there are so many parents who are struggling a lot because of the myths that a new mother is brainwashed with. Breastfeeding requires a lot of dedication in the first year and with the right support and guidance, it gets smoother by the day.

Keeping this in mind, I decided to bring forth the breastfeeding journeys of many inspiring mothers through my blog, Threads & Shuttles. If it helps even one mother to breastfeed her baby, I think I have won it all.

You are definitely winning it Sapna. Spreading the awareness by bringing out the inspirational breastfeeding stories of many mothers, you are doing a great job. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

I loved reading Sapna’s breastfeeding story, hope you all liked it too. Show her some love by leaving your comments in the below section. Sharing the post is always appreciated.

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    Nandita Gupta December 13, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    She indeed is an awesome mother, an inspirational woman and a wonderful friend!

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    Geethica Mehra December 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Mothers do so much for a child. Every mother has a different struggle story to discuss. Your series are so inspiring.

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    Neha December 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I can relate to Sapna on various levels. I had a tough time breastfeeding my older kid and it was a nightmare. I felt so helpless

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    Deepa December 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I have heard a lot of people benefitted from the breastfeeding groups on Facebook. Good to know about Sapna and her story.

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    Zainab December 13, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Loved the story and loving the series too! We as mums cherish the struggles too I feel!

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    Priyadarshani Panda December 14, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply

    I had a similar experience with latching but my mom and sister were such big pillars ..that pain was unbearable but helped me sail through it….

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    Aesha Shah December 14, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Sapna’s Story is surely inspirational and will be helpful to new mums who are struggling during the initials months of breast feeding. Thanks for sharing her story. I loved your entire series.

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    Dinedelicious December 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Story is surely inspiring and motivational to all the moms who face such difficult times, raising their kids.

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    Charu December 15, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    So true. Knowing that you are not alone in this can make a lot of difference.

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    Anubhuti December 15, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Breastfeeding has been a loving as well as a drastic experience for me too ..My son learned to latch properly only after a month..It used to be a 10 min crying session every time before feed..So I can totally feel you ..

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    Kavita Singh December 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I felt as if I was reading my own struggle of breastfeeding. Even though it is a natural process it still needs some patience and practice 🙂

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    Amrita December 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Sapna’s journey with breastfeeding echoes many others.I too felt very awkward with public feeding.Definitely not comfortable .great post

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    Gayathri December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I was just pushed back to my days . No help .. thankfully my grandmother helped me latch .. forever grateful to her ..

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    Dr Dhanya Prajesh December 15, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    I can relate to sapna..i had very bad time breast feedin…it was really painful time for me..i didn enjoy it at all

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    Manisha Garg December 16, 2017 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Loved the story and the series too.

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    Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan December 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Great story resonated through my own struggles to begin with. Breastfeeding is challenging but getting support is important.

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    Firdaus December 16, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    This post sure is attached with lots of memories. All the moms must be identifying with your words.

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    amrit kaur December 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    This is a great story! It will help new mothers who struggle during the starting days!

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    Dr Bushra December 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    That’s very inspiring motherhood journey. How Beautifully she brings revolution in terms of breastfeeding

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    Humaira December 17, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Very informative post. Amazing story to read. Great post.

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    humaira March 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    loved the story amazing post

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      Neha Sharma March 22, 2019 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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