Yeah. It’s true. Breastfeeding sucks. It blows. At the same time it’s a beautiful thing. Why doesn’t anyone talk about how hard it is? It’s a struggle. For some, daily. There are so many roadblocks, and obstacles that breastfeeding women deal with. Mastitis. Blocked Ducts. Milk blisters. Over supply. Low supply. No supply issue, but stressing about it. Lack of poopie diapers. Too many poopie diapers. Not enough wet diapers. Too many wet diapers. Not enough sleep. Too much sleep. You name it, a breastfeeding mother goes through it. We worry about poop, almost obsessively. Don’t even get us started on sleep. Why do we worry about this? It’s bullshit. In the midst of all our worry, somehow we forget to look down and stare in awe at the little miracle our bodies created. And then there is the anxiety that goes with being tethered to your couch, all day. The fear that comes with leaving the house. The fear of being criticized for nursing our children in public. So here is a brief list of things I wish I knew before starting off with my breastfeeding journey. It goes as follows.
-It hurts. Like really hurts. Like tear inducing pain.
-You get super hungry and thirsty while nursing. Stock up on snacks.
-The hormones flow freely while nursing. Do not be alarmed if you soak your baby in tears at one point or another.
-You will be annoyed by the slow motion way your partner changes the diapers you worry so much about, it will pass.
-The stares you think you get while nursing in public don’t matter, what matters is that beautiful baby in your arms.
-Mastitis knocks you on your ass. For weeks. Once the fever is gone the exhaustion sets in, good luck getting out of bed.
-You will fall asleep while nursing, get used to it.
-Once the overwhelming milk supply has regulated itself, you will worry about your supply. Don’t. Stress causes low supply.
-Don’t worry about not showering, it’s over rated.
-You’re going to sweat. A lot. Like a lot a lot. And smell. A lot. A lot a lot.
-Your baby is going to eat. A lot. And use you as a sucking mechanism. A lot. It’s fine.
-Trust your body. And baby. It’s hard. But your instincts will rarely be wrong.
-Cosleeping. It’s easy for nighttime nursing. You get more sleep. Baby gets more sleep. Do it safely. Don’t worry.
-Don’t research everything.
-Have fun. Treasure it. It flys by.
Love you guys! Enjoy your day!