I breastfed my firstborn for one year and three months. Then I breastfed my second son for 11 months. I breastfed because:
- I wanted to give my babies the best nutrition possible,
- it was convenient for me, as a stay at home Mom,
- I dislike washing dishes, so adding baby bottles...NO,
- and formula is expensive.
Things You Should Know About Breastfeeding:
- The first week is slightly painful, but it gets better.
- It's easier to do, rather than making a bottle that has to be washed & sterilized after.
- You might feel a little/ a lot awkward having a hungry baby savagely sucking your breast all the time.
- You might feel hungry all the time.
- You might be one of the blessed few that breastfeeding causes to lose weight.
- Your child might not get sick for the entire time while you're breastfeeding.(Immune systems varies)
- Public feedings are tricky at first, but after a while you become a pro, or don't care much about nipple slips.
- Pervs will watch intensely while you're nursing in hopes that they witness your world's most popular nipples.
- Your milk supply decreases if you substitute a feeding for formula, without pumping( for several days).
- Which leads me to, pumping out milk is annoying, but you have to do it to keep your milk production up, and to avoid engorgement.
- Engorgement is painful, it feels like your breast is about to explode. Don't let it happen.
- The first 3 months, you will lose sleep. Also, the only thing your husband can do is wake you at 2 AM with a crying baby that needs to be fed.
- The big boobs don't last forever, once you stop breastfeeding, they disappear. (If your breast was small before the baby).
- Breastfeeding takes away some(if not all) the firmest in your breast, but a good bra fixes that in a geefy.
- While breastfeeding you might not want your breast involved in sexual activities, unless you're feeling super freaky.
- Your child might bite your nipples. It hurts so bad, that you might even drop them(on the bed that is).
- A lot of your friends/family members will see your breast sooner or later.
- You will taste your breast milk and realize it's fresh like eggs, but pleasantly sweet.
- You will feel super accomplished if you breastfeed for more than 1 week, imagine how you'll feel after one year.
- Don't feel bad about not breastfeeding, if you tried your best, ignore the rest.
- Don't allow people to determine when you should stop breastfeeding.
- Don't allow people to encourage you to give your baby formula, if you feel that you're producing enough, and your baby seems satisfied.
Sometimes life happens and you're unable to breastfeed your baby, don't beat yourself up about it. Breastfeeding is not for everyone. You can still bond with your baby while bottle feeding, and your child will still grow, and be healthy in Jesus name. I hope this helps in one way or another.
Now it's your turn to open up, just a little.
What are some of your breastfeeding concerns?
If you have breastfed, what was your experience like?
Let's have a heart to heart in the comments below.
Peace and Love.