The Truth about Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is best for your new bundle of joy. All the research and doctors will tell new mothers this. However, the real-life process is different from advice. I wish I could tell new mothers that after breastfeeding my five children that it was incredible from beginning to end. But you deserve the truth.
The first few days of breastfeeding hurt! My poor nipples were put to the test. Not once but every time I began breastfeeding a new child. DON'T GIVE UP! As my little two or three day old suckled, I bit my tongue, I rocked, and I probably shed a tear once or twice. I was so raw and tender. Also, in the days following giving birth, breastfeeding triggered massive and painful cramping. I didn't throw in the towel. After about a week my body became the machine science promised me she was. Feeding became bonding time. Something I looked forward to. Not to mention it helped my body as much as it was helping my little one.
During the darkest hours of pain and uncertainty of breastfeeding, I slathered my nipples with Vaseline to keep them moisturizing. I used warm towels to soothe the aching caused from engorged boobies. I wore soft nursing bras and I avoided super hot showers that only dried my nipples further.
You will adjust quickly and before you know it it's time to ween your newly minted toddler. To each her own on timing. Breastfeeding became about bonding when my babies were two, not nutrition. Baby teeth and biting for entertainment signaled the end of the process for me.
I'm so proud I fought and stuck with breastfeeding for my children's health and for my own. Go ahead, burn those breastfeeding calories and take selfies with your precious baby along the way. I did it five times and I'm so happy I did.
If you want to read the article that sparked this post check out my original quote in Glamour.