Karabo Mokoena
Content producer
7 minute read
19 Sep 2019
8:00 am

The truth about breastfeeding

Karabo Mokoena

The reason I have tried to breastfeed for as long as possible is that I believe in the amazing benefits of breastmilk, over and above just feeding and hydrating her. It really is miraculous stuff.

I have only been a mother for a year and 6 months, which makes me no expert on the subject. But I think I speak for almost all mothers when I ask: Why is something so natural so difficult? I remember an hour after birth I went to take a shower and I returned to our recovery room I had to feed the baby. At this point, the breasts only produce pre-milk, called colostrum. I remember not having the faintest clue about what to do, or how to even hold her. Then came the latching- we had to get this...