Breastfeeding has always been a goal in Neusinha’s life, after her daughter Alícia was born, despite everything that seemed to prevent this beautiful moment in her life, she managed to win and breastfeed exclusively!
Since I was little, I knew the importance of breastfeeding and, during nursing school, I further emphasized this conviction. I believed that breast milk was the best food that my daughter would offer and would do it for as long as necessary and chosen by her.
I nursed my mother until 2 years and 3 months, so I was sure that I would be very successful in this
“endeavor”. However, things were not so easy … When my little Alicia was born, after a C-section, because I didn’t get dilated, my doubts started. I knew my milk would take a long time to come down, but I never imagined that my daughter could be so lazy and not want to take the breast at all. I was crying from hunger in the hospital and I had to ask the nurses at the maternity hospital to provide some supplement. I left the hospital with a recipe for LA (artificial milk), and that was my daughter’s first food …
After 3 days, my milk finally came down and she still hadn’t learned to suck. I bought a silicone nipple and so she can breastfeed, however, that left me completely dissatisfied. In addition to taking a long time to stick, my daughter swallowed a lot of air with him and, for me, that was not yet breastfeeding, because there was a “rubber” between us … So, I didn’t give up. I was trying, trying, using the syringe technique and, finally, with 8 days, I managed to make my daughter take the left breast and, with 15 days take the right breast… now, everything would be fine… how innocent I was…
My daughter still hadn’t regained weight at 12 days and was breastfeeding all the time, crying a lot. My parents did not support me and said that my milk was weak, that I had little milk and that the supplement would end up again, that it always fell like a bomb in Alicia’s stomach, and she took a long time to sleep…
I also cried day and night. I had to use a medication to stimulate production and, finally, after 45 days I was able to abandon the supplement. With the help of a breastfeeding groupI finally got the confidence in me that I needed, I saw that I was powerful and that I could nurture my daughter alone and I abandoned the medication and we continued with exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months. It wasn’t always easy, but each moment together, each look, each smile during feedings made me realize that I had done the right thing, what my heart was asking for and that it was worth fighting for. Today, Alicia is almost 15 months old and is still breastfeeding, loves Mommy too much and I even had to give her a check, especially at night, but I don’t intend to get it out of her anytime soon, because I believe that breast milk was and always will be something nutritious, warm and enriching to your life.
Neusa Feliciano Canterle, 27, mother of Alicia, 14 months, full time.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.