I’m in complete shock that it has been 6 months.
Six months of less than adequate sleep. Six months of poopy diapers and scrubbing stains from clothes. Six months of cuddles sweeter than honey and smiles that could melt anyone’s heart. It’s been six months!
Now, I’ve written a few posts about breastfeeding, like What I Learned in the First Week of Breastfeeding and How to Produce More Breastmilk. But, I haven’t yet shared my deep, personal, and 100% authentic experience yet. But, I intend to do that with this post.
What Really Happens When You Breastfeed
Sometimes your breasts don’t cooperate the way nature intended, and Little One will take preference to one breast, and leave the other for death. Ultimately, this results in the need to purchase a DD bra and a B Bra, cut them in half, and sew together a new, multi-cup size bra.
If you choose to wear your pre-baby, sexy push-up bra that’s a little tight around the back, you may end up accidentally punching your baby. Whoa, let me explain. You lift your shirt and bra to feed your baby, and when she’s done, you go to pull your bra back over your breast, and it’s a little tight, and you lose grip, and WHACK. Give all the kisses and apologies, and work on your grip strength.
You will not regret having a glider in your baby’s room. Seriously, get a glider or put it at the top of your baby registry. When Little One is hungry at 2am, you will wake up and go in their room, and together, you can both pass out in the chair. You’ll wake up about an hour later with your baby sound asleep in your arms and a neck cramp that will make you think “I’ll never fall asleep there again.” But tomorrow night, you’ll do it again. And it’s totally worth it.
Even if you’re not a violent person, one gummy nipple bite is enough to make you want to bop your child. It’s a whole new level of shock factor, and it’s painful, but don’t bop your baby.
When Little One has a cold, your breast is going to get some snot on it. It’s not glamorous, but it’s real. Keep some wet wipes nearby.
The wonderful time your baby starts sleeping through the night will bring about some new body changes. Remember when you gave birth and your breasts became engorged? That will happen again when you go 8-10 hours without feeding, and then you wake up with wet spots on your night shirt and a throbbing in your chest. You can’t win em’ all.
You’ll wish your husband had breasts. Not always. But sometimes, when you’re really tired, or just want to go have a few drinks with your girlfriend, you’ll wish your husband had the capability of breastfeeding.
The bond is immeasurable. Yeah, I saved the soppy one for last. One, so you don’t think I’m just complaining, and two, to remind you that you are doing something pretty awesome. I formula fed my first born, and she’s healthy, hyper, and happy. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding and I’m not biased in any way. But, something about being the sole provider for your baby while breastfeeding creates a bond stronger than you could ever imagine.
Can you relate to any of the above truths about breastfeeding? Share yours in the comments below.