Here it is, part two. I’m not going to have much of an introduction here, but if you would like a part 3, please leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see me include.
Reality of breast feeding
So, what is the reality of breastfeeding? The reality is, it’s hard at first, you’re going to want to quit, switch to formula, cry, scream as loud as you can, and any other emotion that you can think of. I remember when my daughter was a couple days old, sitting in my house crying because it was so hard. I wanted to quit. The pain was terrible, and I dreaded when she would want to eat. But I’m glad I had my mom, because she talked some sense into me. She told me I just needed to get past the hump and I was almost there, and then it would be so easy. And you know what? She was right. I kept going, and got past the hump, with several more tears shed, yes, but I got past it, and now, 4 months later, I love to breastfeed my daughter. I love the bonding time we have, and how excited she gets to see me, because she knows she’s about to nurse. The look in her eyes when she’s nursing, and you can tell how happy she is to be close to Mommy, when she stops midway through a feeding, and my milk shoots to the other side of the room, and she thinks it’s funny. So yes, breastfeeding is hard, but it’s oh, so very worth it.
Cluster feeding is something that I feel like needs to be talked about more during pregnancy, to prepare you for the fact that your baby is going to have days where she just wants to eat all day. When I was pregnant, my midwife always talked about feeding every 2 hours when they are a newborn until they got back up to their birth weight, or until all their meconium had passed (My daughter never dropped her birth weight, and she passed her meconium before she was born). But what they don’t tell you, is more than likely that baby is going to want to eat far more than every 2 hours. In my case, it was about every 30 minutes for 45 minutes, until she was several weeks old. But cluster feeding is such a good thing in the early weeks, because it helps establish your milk supply. So just relax and let your baby do its thing, and watch some Netflix. And your baby will cluster feed from time to time when they go through a growth spurt.
Now this is something that I am still learning, but definitely having a place or two set up where you will breastfeed, with a few essentials will greatly help. I have two spots, one is my bed at night and the other is this big, comfy chair in my living room. In both spots I make sure that I have, my phone, a water bottle or two, a few snacks, a blanket, burp cloth, and a nursing pillow. You will need these things, so you will be comfortable, hydrated, fed, keep your baby clean, and if your baby falls asleep, you can put them in the nursing pillow temporarily.
I have a couple, but the most important this list might shock you… It’s, are you ready for this? It’s…. Your boobs. Okay, seriously, here’s the rest of the list.
Nursing bra, or nursing tank top, to make feedings easier. Some kind of nipple cream in those early days to help with pain. Nursing Pillow, water, lots of water, reusable breast pads. And in some cases a nipple shield. Nipple shields should only be used though if you absolutely have to have one, like of you have inverted nipples. But if you have to use one you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about it, I had to, and my experience breastfeeding has still been great.
Again if would like a part 3, please let me know, and say what you would like me to include.