Dola Akinola : My Breastfeeding Story


It was breast feeding week across the world recently and I got to speak to a Project Accountant who exclusively breastfed her son. Read her story and be inspired.

Why did you choose to breastfeed?                                                                                                                                        I chose to breastfeed because I had done a lot of research into the benefits and I felt that it would be beneficial for my baby. Part of my research involved attending a breastfeeding workshop while I was pregnant and that taught me a lot about breastfeeding so I felt quite confident about breastfeeding my son when he was born.

What would you say is the main reason you chose to breastfeed after all your research?
Knowing the main benefit of breastfeeding which is being able to provide my son with a natural source of nourishment that was created by God.

How has your breastfeeding experience  been as a whole,  have you had any challenges?                          He latched onto the breast not long after he was born but it painful because he would clamp down and bite with his gums when I breastfed from the left side. I would use my finger to open his mouth up and he stopped biting quite quickly. I breastfed on demand exclusively for the first 6 months. His was in the 91st weight percentile so he was feeding well. After he turned 6 months I began to introduce solids into his diet and I  continued to breastfeed on demand.

My son doesn’t breastfeed for long periods of time, not more than 10 minutes at a time. The Health Visitor said he is an ‘efficient feeder’ so that has been his pattern .He sleeps in the same bed as me and he breastfeeds throughout the night. I went back to work a week after his first birthday but I continued to breastfeed him on demand  in the morning, evening and night. He is now 17 months and I am trying to stop breastfeeding him so he can be less dependant on me. He breastfeeds as a source of comfort and I am trying to encourage him to find comfort from other sources.  Apart from the initial clamping with his gums my main challenge was when my son had colic like symptoms. I tried so many things but they didn’t work.  Thankfully he grew out of it.

How were you able to combine breastfeeding with your job? I went back to work when my son was one years old and I was trying to cut back on breastfeeding so it was quite easy to combine work with breastfeeding in the morning, evening and weekends.

Finally, what advice do you have for mums who are planning to breastfeed?
My advice for other mums who want to breastfeed is to do a lot of research on breastfeeding before you have the baby. I would definitely advise new mums to try to go to a breastfeeding workshop (if your hospital does not offer any search online).
Thanks a lot Dola and all the best to you and your handsome little man!




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