4 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Breastfeeding

March 8, 2017 25 LIKES

Your boobs are an amazing machine that give life!

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Seriously, let’s think about this for a moment. You just grew a human and now you can single handily keep them alive with your boobs. That’s some seriously deep stuff and something to be proud of. Now, it’s not going to be easy and may take a little time to figure out but once you get through the initial “I have no idea what I’m doing” phase and the subsequent “OMG, this hurts” phase, albeit maybe with a little help from a professional, there will be a moment when you think,I got this.I am a rockstar people! I’m a rockstar.

 

There is no need to sugar coat it – your boobs may feel like their going to explode and your nipples could bleed when you first start breastfeeding.

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So, now that we eased you into it and you’re thinking, well, that doesn’t sound like fun let’s talk about a fewfriends that bring the party back to breastfeeding. Meet lanolin crème, breast pads and hot/cold packs. They may not be the solution to every challenge you face but they sure will help a girl out.

Think about the first few weeks of breastfeeding as practice weeks.

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The first milk that a baby gets from your breasts is called colostrum. Colostrum is a highly concentrated form of nutrition and will give your little bundle of joy exactly what he/she needs while you figure each other out. So, don’t worry if you and/or baby can’t get it right the first few times. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango but when you get the steps down, believe us, the music becomes absolutely beautiful.

I’d like to use my lifeline please.

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Great idea. I mean there is absolutely no need to delay the happy dance that is to come when you and baby figure the elusive breastfeeding thing out. You even have your super supportive bra standing by in case your hip shaking gets a little out of hand. So, keep in mind that many, many other moms have felt the way you do when breastfeeding isn’t going well. Talk with them, talk with your family or seek out a professional who can help. You may find that you have to talk with several people before you and baby make breastfeeding happen but once you find the right person to help you’ll be amazed at what you can do.


Soon you and baby will be like…

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4 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Breastfeeding

Erin Lawlor

Momseze Blogger

Erin is the Managing Director of Sales Strategy and Operations at a healthcare technology and consulting company. She is a world traveler, the mother of a smiley baby boy who is a rockstar eater, and the wife of a Jon Hamm look alike with a little less hair.