It has been 4.5 months now since I gave birth to my son and he has been exclusively breastfed till yesterday. It gives me incredible joy and pride to know that I have been able to feed and nourish my baby for so long. For most of you this is not an incredibly long time, but let me explain that I come from a family of extremely poor milk supply. My grandmother bottle-fed all of her 9 children. I was a formula-fed baby as my mother's milk supply expired within day 10 of my birth. So, you can assume that my personal goal was to feed my son for his newborn saga namely three months. And it has been a joy to actually have had sufficient milk to sustain him for almost 5 months. I must let you know that I did take supplements (Lactare tablets) for three months after my delivery to enhance the milk supply.
I have heard stories about mothers not really enjoying breastfeeding and all the bonding that people expect you to automatically have. So it has really been a blessing for me, that I have had this incredible journey with my son. I did not experience the pain that people talk about nor did I resent him waking up every hour in the initial first few months. It was our lovely un-interrupted time with each other.
Now that I am back to working full time (albeit at home - I am a WFH mom at the moment), I think it is time to start introducing solid-foods and start my weaning. I always assumed that when the time would come for me to supplement your diet with cow's milk/ragi manni/tomato juice etc. I would feel really upset and emotional. But that is not the case. After completing his 4th month, I can slowly see that my milk supply is not sufficient for him and he is starting to feel antsy and irritated even after feeding close to half an hour. I realize that inspite of missing feeds , my breasts do not feel heavy or painful meaning lesser milk supply. And so, after talking to numerous people I decided I would start on Ragi Manni for him followed by tomato juice in a bottle (tomato juice pictured below). I give both during the lunch hour ( 12.30 - 2 pm) followed by playing for a while. And he is full enough to take a nap of 2 hours after that.
I was scared that he would not want to feed from me after introducing a feeding bottle to him. Pictured below is his first time using the bottle. So far, he is more than happy to come back to me to feed.
Can you spot him trying to push the bottle away using his leg ? It was his first time using the bottle today and I had to snap a picture, and document it here.
Have a good day!