I gained 20 plus kilos - during my pregnancy, everyone around me was happy with my progress and kept telling me I would have a round munchkin. I believed them. Both me and the Mr. would dream of a bubbly ball of marshmallow smiling at us. A smile that would pierce through all the worries and bring in – inner peace. The day arrived and I naturally birthed my son - Baby Liam. He weighed 2.48 kg (decent for me). I was glad he wasn’t huge and I was least bothered about his weight
Kamana Gautam is a mother of two – a tandem Baby-wearing Mom, a lactation counselor, a natural birther and a breastfeeder. With a massive following on social media, her posts resonate with mothers and others who react with love and comments. I’ve been following her for months now and I am so excited to feature her on the Times of Amma. Kamana, you are such an inspiration to Moms on Instagram. Could you tell us about your journey to the babywearing, breastfeeding Mom that you
One of the ladies I met in the park at random asked me," Do you still breastfeed your child?". I replied instantly "Yes sometimes, why not?" I wish I could have clicked her reaction that was a rather scandalized one. "Don't you know there is no benfit of breastfeeding once the baby turns one". I had no intention of explaining anything to her, I left her outrageous feelings with herself. Do I need to give people a justification? No, I don't think so. Well, I'm not a crusader o
This picture (below) was otherwise meant to be a late post from a recent trip to continue documenting our nursing journey. I normally let some amount of naysaying slide and don't preach the virtues of extended breastfeeding to an immature audience. Something happened a couple of days ago that kicked in my protective instinct for a bond very close to my heart.
I went to a doctor for a small infection and was prescribed some broad spectrum antibiotics. I forgot to ask earlier
When Somu was born he was not latching and I was badly lacerated and exhausted.
It was very challenging. My mother and husband were the only people there to help me.
The nurses were very supportive and helpful too.
My son, Somu had elevated bilirubin levels, and we were trying to feed him, but he wouldn't take my breast and I was uncomfortable because of the fullness.
Finally I pumped and tried feeding him with the bottle, but my son was a very stubborn child and contin
Breastfeeding was a challenge for me and my babe, right from the start it did not feel like it was meant to be. It started soon after Advika was born on a cold blurry winter morning in February of 2014. I had a quick an easy labour, and she popped out beautifully, curiously looking around with her bright sparkly eyes. I had read all about breastfeeding and spoken to other moms and I knew I wanted to experience it and pass on the antibodies that were much needed to build her i
One of the few things I had decided when I was pregnant was that I would exclusively breastfeed till my baby turns one.But is it possible in an ultra conservative place like Saudi Arabia where people stare at you even if your headscarf is not proper or if you have tinted nails? The idea of exclusive breastfeeding was terrifying me! But I was determined and tried out different methods to carry out my nursing process like minimising most of my outdoor activities till my baby wa
Nursing your 2-year old?
There are high chances that you would have heard eloquent (but ill-informed) lectures on why you should immediately wean your child.
"He will never leave your breast", said one.
"He is so thin because he feeds too much and does not eat" said another.
I am sure those who nurse their toddlers would have heard this and so much more.
Also, suddenly you have those days and nights when the 2 year old feeds almost like a new born and you begin to doubt
One of my two fears regarding chid rearing was if I will ever be able to breastfeed (the second one being if I would sleep through my baby's cries).
For some weird reason, I was always put off by the thought of breastfeeding.
Don't get me wrong.
I had no issues with anyone else breastfeeding as long as it wasn't me! I think the social stigma related to anything regarding one's beasts that the culture drills into your head from a very young age is the underlying factor here