In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, I thought I would share some of my breastfeeding confessions. Also, I am sharing 12 really great breastfeeding posts written by a few of the mamas from my Mom Blog Tribe. Make sure you scroll down to check them out – these moms have some great experiences and advice!
Ok, let the confessions begin..
I didn’t enjoy breastfeeding for the first few months.
The first day my son was born, I was in complete awe over how he nuzzled his way down to nurse within minutes of being laid on my chest. But once we left the hospital that awe went straight out the window. It hurt. It was awkward. And it hurt. When my friends would tell me that I would start to love it, I had serious doubts.
I constantly questioned my milk supply.
There was no reason to, I just did. My son gained weight fine, he peed and pooped as he should but, still, I was always thinking I didn’t have enough.
I was too lazy to pump.
The only times I ever pumped was during the engorgement stage and the few times that my son slept through a feeding. (I know there’s different school’s of thought on this but mine is, unless there is a medical reason to wake the baby for a feeding, I don’t!) Other than that, I was just way too tired physically and mentally to keep up with pumping on a regular basis.
I gave my baby some formula.
Being away from my baby and unable to feed him was extremely rare but for such events (since I didn’t pump) I had formula.
I hid said formula because I was ashamed.
Yep. I have only ever told a couple of people (until now, that is) that I had formula on hand as backup because I felt so guilty and feared being judged.
I worried that my milk wasn’t good enough for my baby.
Ironically enough, I often worried that my milk wouldn’t be nutritious enough and frequently thought that maybe I should just give my son formula.
I co-sleep because, again, I’m lazy.
To me, one of the biggest perks of breastfeeding is you don’t actually have to get up to feed the baby. Just make sure the boobs are out and sleep tight. (I love my sleep!)
I’ve never worn a nursing bra.
A friend of mine told me to buy nursing sports bras. So, I went to the store to get one and… yikes… they’re expensive. I bought two regular old sports bras for less than the price of one nursing sports bra. I wore those for awhile then, eventually I just started wearing my regular bras again. I fill them in a little more than before but, to be honest, I kind of like it.
I have nursed my son while in a moving vehicle.
Don’t worry, he was safely buckled in his car seat. I’ve also nursed while sitting in a kids’ playhouse at one of those little kiddie land places, in the bath tub and on the toilet!
I’m pretty shocked that I have breastfed so long, or at all.
I initially set a breastfeeding goal of 6 months because mentally that felt much more doable than a year or more. But, honestly, I had little faith in myself that I would make it past the first two weeks (I’m pretty sure my support people had even less faith in me!). I was quite shocked that I even made it to six months let alone 14 months (and counting).
Please note, I am speaking from the experience of someone that had minimal challenges. We had a very small latch problem that was fixed in the first three days and my son had oral thrush for two months but there were no major difficulties for us. So, for me, the biggest battle was really and truly my own will and mindset.
What breastfeeding confession do you have?
As promised, here are some really great Breastfeeding articles from my Mom Blog Tribe. Check them out!
The Early Days of Breastfeeding – Sophia Says Hello
Intimacy and the Breastfeeding Mother – Lactivist in Louboutins
Breastfeeding My Biggest Nursing Surprises – Short Sweet Mom
5 Things to Include in a Distraction Free Breastfeeding Zone – SoLace in a Small Town
Challenges with Breastfeeding a Toddler – Healthy Happy Thrifty Family
Lessons in Breastfeeding – Momma Junebug
These are a Few of My Favorite Breastfeeding Things – Naturally Made With Love
Breastfeeding While Traveling – Tapped Out Travellers
Confessions of an Exclusively Breastfeeding Mom – From Nurse to Mom
Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials – Fab Working Mom Life
15+ Recipes that Boost Lactation for Breastfeeding Moms – Fab Working Mom Life
Remembering the Last Latch – Fab Working Mom Life
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