The breastfeeding week has ended and with it, all the articles ‘enlightening’ us about the importance of mother’s milk and baby feeding have ended too. The world has celebrated breastfeeding and now the joy is only yours – the moms.
Baby feeding every 2-3 hrs is routine for most moms as it is the only baby food for at least the first 6 months. In the first months, baby feeding is not just a way to meet the baby’s nutrition needs but also to help provide comfort to the baby. Often, even the smallest cry triggers you, the mom, to find a corner to breastfeed, no matter what you are doing. While everyone else around you goes happily on with whatever they are doing.
Now I am not saying that this is bad – mother’s milk is perhaps the best baby food around. Breastfeeding has tremendous benefits, even for the mother - from helping establish the strongest bond with your child to remaining in good shape if you control your eating habits. But what I find a bit disappointing is that in this whole baby thing, moms unfortunately are almost always under the spotlight to be evaluated for her every step and be ‘advised’ of a way of being a better mom.