(Have you read Adventures in Breastfeeding Vol. 1?)
Let me start by saying I am 100% amazed at the effect breastfeeding my son has had on me. The first few weeks were rocky and painful and I could totally understand why so many women who intend on breastfeeding exclusively end up supplementing long term, or giving up completely. Your nipples are raw and painful, you’re confused at how much your baby is eating, you feel like you’re ALWAYS nursing, you’re doubting yourself and getting conflicting (unsolicited) advice… it’s a lot to deal with. Especially the first few weeks postpartum!
Ever since week 3 of breastfeeding, the pain has gone way down. There’s a tiny bit of discomfort right when he latches and begins, but it goes away in seconds. After this, it’s pain free, though I have read that for some people the “let down” of milk (the milk being released from the ducts) can be painful. For me it’s more of a pressure than a pain, and I love feeling it, because I know I’m making exactly what my baby boy needs. The actual sucking doesn’t hurt a bit.
I have had what my husband has labeled a “titty attack” a couple times. When my son sleeps longer than expected and I don’t pump between feedings, I get engorged quickly and my breasts become huge(r), hard and painful. There’s a point during the engorgement where it feels like letdown is occurring, but I don’t leak…i just…get warm and hurt. I’m pumping as needed to avoid the “titty attacks” now.
Outside of that, breastfeeding Rohan is awesome (in the real sense of the word). I’m in awe almost each time we snuggle together for me to feed him, that my body naturally knows to produce this magic liquid filled with all he needs, and that his body was born knowing how to get it out of my body and into his. It’s amazing. I love the bonding feelings of togetherness and joint purpose I get during nursing him. We just lock eyes as he takes in what he needs and it feels so special. It’s like he’s saying thank you.
Bonus: watching him turn into a sharkie and attack my boob is always amusing.
So I’m a 100% breastfeeding lover. I’m exclusively breastfeeding and my lil man is thriving from it, and I’m turning into a low-key breastfeeding advocate to all the new moms and moms to be that I’m friends with. It’s just awesome.
Did you love breastfeeding or dislike it or what? Did you do it just because you knew the milk was great for baby? Did you exclusively breastfeed, exclusively pump or supplement?