Oh breastfeeding, you sweet, sweet devil. My nips are hurtin’ yall. Hurtin’ baaaad.
I started breast”feeding” before my milk came in. About an hour after Rohan was born we got him on the breast and he was just a suckin’ and a suckin’ as if he was getting something. I didn’t even have colostrum at that point. During my days in the hospital I kept putting him to the breast whenever he’d start rooting. My colostrum came in on Saturday, and on my last day in the hospital my milk finally came in.
Roey lost a bit of weight so we supplemented with Similac in the hospital, but at his one week check up, he was back to birth weight so the doc said supplementation was no longer necessary. I am breastfeeding and using my trusty breast pump so John can give lil man a bottle during the night shift. Since I’ll be home for this year, pumping a huge stash like I’d originally planned is not necessary. I love the Dr. Browns bottles we use. More parts to wash/sterilize, but less gas bubbles for baby!
I mentioned before that Roey’s nickname is Sharkie because of his milkthirsty antics. He really attacks the breast and gets so excited and seemingly frustrated that he swats my breast away when I try to give it to him. Then he starts rooting in the opposite direction of the boob. He starts panting and lookin’ all wide eyed and crazy, making mean faces at me, and then when he finally gets a good latch he growls at me! I can’t win with this boy.
I’ve got a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding so far. I love the snuggly closeness and looking down at sharkie’s sweet lil face just sucking away. And I love the feeling of pride that my milk is sustaining this lil munchkin’s life, and my milk is what’s plumping his lil body up. I hate the way it drains me, I’m perma-dehydrated no matter how much water I chug. And I hate the nip pain. Oh and I hate the weight of my new milk filled humungoboobs. I’m like a 32ZZZ bra now. My back hurts.
We bought a nipple shield week one because of how ripped up my nips were. They’re still sore, but not as bad as they were. I’m told it gets better shortly. I’m using a nipple cream to help with soreness and I’m also putting my breastmilk on the nipples and letting them air dry. Both are super helpful. I know that time is the real fix-it, so I’m waiting it out.
Despite the pain I’m definitely a breastfeeding fan and will keep it up for year one. Though I may move to strictly pumping after sharkie gets teeth. I guess we’ll see how it works out.
Any breastfeeding tips for me?