The Breastfeeding Blogs – Stories from Kenya
Linda works for World Vision Kenya as the Project Manager for 1000 Day Journey in Elgeyo-Marakwet County. She is a mom of three little children under five years old.She worries that the important work that she is doing with women in her community is taking away time that should be spending with her family.
“With my third baby I finally feel like Every month my baby gains more than a kilo and I am still so amazed that it is because of my breast milk. It’s very cool.”
On one hand, leaving her 5-month-old baby to return from paid maternity leave has proven to be a bigger challenge than Linda expected. She worries that the important work she is doing for the women in her community is taking time away that she should be spending with her family. Working long hours, Linda feels that she is absent from witnessing the best parts about being a mom.
“Sometimes my work is so intense, I have children who need me and who I need to be there for first. I want to connect with them more,” she says.
On the other hand, Linda thinks that having three children under five years old has helped her better understand the women she serves. She can better relate to the anxiety a mother feels when her baby won’t latch on to her breast, or when her milk won’t come. Linda recalls a time with her first born when, despite being a nutritionist by trade, she worried that she wasn’t producing enough milk and abandoned the six months of exclusive breastfeeding that she herself recommends to other women.
Exclusively breastfeeding her third baby was a much smoother process. “With my third child I finally feel like my baby is getting enough milk and I can actually see it in the monthly checkups. Every month my baby gains more than a kilo and I am still so amazed that it is because of my breastmilk. It’s very cool.”
Just like many moms around the world who face challenges, like nursing their babies or striking a good work-life balance, Linda also shares in the excitement of being a mom. When she looks at her babies she sees bright, creative and caring little creatures who bring her so much joy,