hi, this is my first blog.through this blog i want to share something, a little something about,giving my child what she deserves. yes, she is my wonderful daughter shreya,who will turn 3 years in a couple of months.when she was born, she was 3.65 kgs. but within a week,baby jhondis,high billurubin levels,continuous phototherapy,brought her weight to 3.12kgs.evryone was shocked.but i dont know why, i didnt feel the difference.she was skinny,her skin were wrinkled.this is where i want to tell about a special person.her name is juli, and me and my husband call her juli akka.she made me see a totally different side of childbirth and care.and the most important part was of the importance of breastfeeding.if not for her, i dont know if i would have enjoyed my experience of breastfeeding my daughter.i realised the importance and value of this wonderful joy, only after knowing juli akka. i was also lucky to have conceived in vijaya hospital,as they give a lot of importance to breastfeeding right after one hour of birth to 2 yrs. i fed for 1 year and two months, and believe me,i am so happy i did it.for the first six months i gave her only breastmilk, not even water.i had to handle a lot of opposition from my family, afterall they were worried as she was very thin.my husband and i stood firm with the continual support of juli akka.when i started giving her solids from the 7th month onwards, we decided not to give any proccesed food,be it cerelac or gerber.if we were travelling by air, i would feed rather than give her the pacifier. at one point, i was giving her a lot of bananas that everyone teased me.but we thought it a better option than giving processed food while travelling or at home. till today she has not had chocolates or fast food or preservatives.people ask us how long? we say as long as we can. atleast her foundation to eat healthy will be strong.think about it. why should they suffer when they grow older.we have learnt that raising a healthy child is the only most important criteria. it does not matter if the child is plump or thin,it only matters if he or she is given a healthy start in life. and whose duty is that? ours. the parents.