This is a different, true post about my experience with breastfeeding. While being pregnant people would ask me if I was going to breast feed and I always said…off course! Why wouldn’t I? I believe it is a normal thing that every woman should be able to do. Well…
That moment came. I had a great pregnancy, not easy delivery but I did it and while I was in the hospital the nurses kept telling me I had to breast feed, they explained the best way to do it so it wouldn’t hurt and I did it. I was hospitalised after giving birth for 3 days all of which I fed my child with my breast milk and it didn’t hurt.
I was wondering why people always said that it didn’t happen for them or said that it was painful when it really wasn’t. Well, I was in for a treat. After being home I realised that my child has to be fed, at least for the first month, month and a half, every 2-3 hours, which is very tiring because you get absolutely no sleep, you are up like a zombie all day and night.
Every time he clings to the boob it hurts like a mother f#$@!% and there are times, specially during the night that he does not want to stick to the boob, do his thing and sleep. It can be a bit or a lot frustrating, depending on the night. Oh! and he likes one boob more than the other :/
It’s hard to leave the house because you know your kid depends on you for food. It has been a couple of rough weeks but this is how I have focused it and I hope it can help anyone reading this.
- I have prayed for peace of mind and body so to not get so frustrated and pass that frustration along to my baby boy but instead pass him peace and happiness.
- Yes, it still hurts but I have decided to attach him 2 max 3 times a day and the rest of the time I get my milk out with a medela breast pump which has been a life saver. I freeze my milk so it allows me to leave the house and makes the feedings at night a lot easier.
- I strongly recommend using Lansinoh nipple cream. It is safe for your child to suck on, it moisturises and prevents your nipples from cracking. I use it before and after every breastfeeding and after my shower.
- When you shower avoid rubbing soap on your nipples as it dries them.
- Don’t listen to anyone, follow your instincts. If you want to breastfeed for a week, a month, a year, that is your decision. You are NOT a bad mother or less of a mother because of this. People can be very judgemental and it’s not fair since every woman is different and every body works differently.
- If you need motivation, breastfeeding helps you lose the baby weight and get your tummy back to where it was. (This has been my main motivation because I can’t work out yet, frivolous I know, but you know what there has to be some type of motivation to get out of bed at 2 or 3am every night)
- If you need a glass of wine, drink it, one glass will not affect your milk and it will help you relax and enjoy the process.
- Remember to breathe and give yourself a break.
I am still breastfeeding, and honestly there are still days where I don’t enjoy it and other times when I do. But I try to have a positive outlook on things and I know this is not something that will last forever.
I hope this post helped you in some way. If you have any comments or suggestions, leave them below.
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