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As an obstetrician, I have counseled countless patients on the benefits of breast-feeding to both mother and baby. But I breastfed my daughter, Safiya, for only one month, and my son, Haider, for only one week. I was a breastfeeding failure.
My struggle with breastfeeding began immediately. After as easy a pregnancy and labor as I could ask for as a first-time mom, I was excited to begin bonding with my daughter. Safiya wasn’t able to get a successful latch, but I knew she would soon figure it out. I put her to my breast every two hours until she would give up and fall asleep.