Weekly Dish Blog - Boobs, They’re Not Just for Decoration Anymore
Oh, the many joys of
motherhood. The coos, the smiles, tiny hands and feet . . . it’s what
every mom dreams about. Upon finding out you are pregnant, you begin deciding
what kind of mother you will be and what sort of things you will partake
in, such as bottle or breastfeeding. Which is best for you?
Well for me, breastfeeding didn’t work so well the first time around. No problem, my son is still growing like a weed and is completely healthy. The second time around, I decided to try breastfeeding again and if it worked, it worked, and if it didn’t, no big deal. Well it worked. My husband is super excited about it because he not only doesn’t have to get up at night, it is cheaper than formula. Men!
There are so many things people don’t tell you about breastfeeding, here are just a few: #1. How hard it can be – sometimes the little suckers won’t latch. #2. What it really means to have cracked nipples (who knew they would crack?) #3. How uncomfortable it is to be engorged. #4. The leaking! The list goes on and on. Just keep telling yourself that it won’t hurt this badly forever – hopefully. The nipples will heal and the baby will latch and, some day, sleep for longer intervals at night. Just hold onto your hope and know that somewhere, in a house near you, another heroic mom is propped up in bed doing the same thing you are doing and sure isn’t sleeping.
Here is a list of some other things that might help you with the adventure that is breastfeeding:
www.Kellymom.com – This is a site full of breastfeeding information, started by lactation consultant and mother of three.
Leche League – This site is full of resources and can put you
in touch with your local chapter if you need help.
Check with your local hospital. Usually there are lactation consultants that will be more than happy to help you, even if you didn’t have your baby at that particular hospital.
Here are some of the best books and baby gear to help you on your breastfeeding journey: