In the past one week women around the world have been sharing their experience of motherhood and how they have been able to handle breastfeeding.
Former KTN news anchor Joy Doreen Biira also joined the conversation by sharing her first experience into of motherhood.
In a post seen by Pulselive.co.ke, Ms Biira has revealed that before she became a mom she didn't even know how to change diapers basing on the fact that she is the last born in their family and therefore she did not get time to learn how things are done.
“Before I became a Mom, I didn’t even know how to change a diaper (being a last born left me little room to learn that stuff despite my begging to have a younger sibling). When I had my first born, breastfeeding was a whole new subject altogether... while I read widely about what to expect, I didn’t even know what latching or burping was really about practically!!! I cannot count how many times my hubby helped me burp the baby literally everything was new and overwhelming and little by little I learned all I could each day” reads Part of Ms Biira statement
The mother of two, added that she managed to breast feed her son for 7 months before introducing him to solid food.
“Returning to work 3months later felt like 3 days later. The schedule was hectic and balancing the breast milk pumping/expressing and work schedule was tough. When I was in a hurry to leave home after 45minutes of pumping, I’d still be at 30ML (I know I’m not alone) then give up and rush to work and drive back home during lunch time to pump again, And this all was unnoticed at work so I thought my then editor might not have noticed if he did he kept it a secret). And imagine on a chill day when not in a rush, I’d do over 150ML in the same time period. (I learnt that good and pumping is also about peace of mind - a relaxed mind). Through it all, I managed 7months exclusive breastfeeding before starting to supplement with formula (about the same time we started weaning/introducing solids)”
“I’m on my 2nd baby (in pic - he’s 3years 4months younger than the 1st) and I can now proudly say I’m a at , burping etc and committed to with the 2nd one. .Just want to encourage mums out there, WHO CAN, to choose breastfeeding. one of the benefits I got from breast feeding with my first son was he never got a cold or cough or fever until he was 2 years old.boosts the immune system for babies, increases babies IQ among other benefits.”
Joy Doreen works as the Advisor and strategic communication officer at the Ministry of Mining.