Hey Dr, this is Lakshmi from the bandra class. I hve been meaning to write to you since long and this is a long overdue message.
We welcomed a lovely little baby boy on 30th December, 18 and the baby and me are doing really well. The twelve hour labour and delivery process was really smooth and thanks to your class I was well prepared for every stage. It was all smooth sailing till then and then we hit a bit of a roadblock. My baby had a lot of latching issues and that resulted in undue stress and anxiety. I was clear that I didn’t want to give my baby top feed and he should only be having my milk for the first 6 months. Something, that you instilled in me from your sessions. It took him about 16 days to get a proper latch and start actively feeding. Till then I had to pump and express milk and give it to him by bondula. This phase led to a lot of self blame and guilt as a mother that I wasn’t being able to do something as basic as give my baby milk from my breasts. I would think of all those lovely messages you would read out in class from the numerous girls about their birth stories and their babies successfully latching and it all seemed like such a happy picture and I kept thinking why didn’t that happen to me too. The first two weeks were rough and what kept me going was your voice in my head that would keep repeating that patience and perseverance is the key to motherhood. I kept telling myself that my baby will eventually latch and I should just hang in there. Finally we were successfully breast feeding by the 16th day. The biggest take out of attending your class was not just being prepared for labour but also making the right choices for my baby, understanding the nuances of breast feeding and ensuring that my partner could be my pillar of strength through this entire journey. I hope you continue to inspire many other mothers. Motherhood has been exhausting but exhilarating and I’m glad I could give my baby the gift of breast milk.
Hoping to meet you soon with little Eshaan and give you the painting too!