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#[email protected]!% 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When you shower avoid rubbing soap on your nipples as it dries them.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

xx

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