Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #18 - Things they don't tell you about breastfeeding

I'm not about to give up my brand spanking new Facebook account, but they are a bunch of prudes about the breastfeeding pictures, so spread the word about the League of Maternal Justice. Here are some things that I experienced while breastfeeding that they don't necessarily talk about.
  1. The first month is BRUTAL! My babies latched on just fine but my breasts did not agree at all. Cracked, bleeding nipples and extreme pain every time they latched on.
  2. I would have to count to 10 so that I wouldn't scream during latch on for those first few weeks.
  3. Forget the Lansinoh, go with the Soothies gel pads. I don't think they were around when I had Adam. Keep them clean and dry for maximum life!
  4. Once the pain subsides, and you can latch your baby on without turning all the lights on, it is smooth sailing (3-4 weeks).
  5. I was obsessed with using both breasts equally when Dova decided to prefer one over the other around 12 weeks. While I lied sideways in bed, I would prop her up on a pillow to get her to the higher one, or face her upside down.
  6. I lost lots of weight breastfeeding. I didn't get below my pre-pregnancy weight until about six months, so you have to be in it for the long haul. It was great to be able to eat whatever I wanted and not worry about gaining weight! I called it the breastfeeding diet and sometimes "baby liposuction". Sucked the fat right off me.
  7. My Medela Pump in Style was great. Gotta eBay it, anyone interested?
  8. I actually got away with the Avent hand pump for a while when I had way too much supply.
  9. I read tons of books while nursing. I've never read at that high a rate in my entire life. It was especially easy to do in bed so I had two hands to flip pages.
  10. The easiest way to put a baby to sleep is to nurse them. Same goes for mom!
  11. I couldn't drink coffee or even have coffee ice cream as this made Dova extremely cranky.
  12. She didn't much like spicy food either.
  13. I would not have traded the experience for anything. It is really true about the close bonding you get. I wouldn't say that you aren't complete as a woman if you don't breastfeed, but it is certainly a perk. Maybe a reward for enduring pregnancy.

Thursday Thirteen Participants
1. Yuriko
2. Wolfie
3. Sandier Pastures
4. jennifer
5. heather
7. MamaLee
8. the world through the eyes of ME
9. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls
10. Krista
11. Nicholas

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Yuriko said...

Wow... I guess I get to look forward to that....though not yet.. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you...especially #1 & #13..

Anonymous said...

#1 makes me cringe even now! But anything for my baby! :-)

Anonymous said...

have a nice TT!

Anonymous said...

Ah, you brought me right back! Happy TT!

Leeann said...

Excuse me while I say "you suck!" (no pun intended...okay, maybe a little!) :)
#6 never happened to happens to others, never to me. My body hangs on to EVERYTHING and then I still have to bust my butt after to lose the weight. And I did do it for the "long haul."
Baby #1-3 months (lost my milk when I went back to work.)
Baby #2-5 months (had to go on medication and couldn't be nursing)
Baby #3-6 months (It became too much of an issue to take "pumping time" at work.)
Baby #4-13 months (I quit my job and stayed home with this one! Much easier!)


Deb said...

Oh you're making me miss nursing... I sold my PIS on Ebay for $180!! I had latching problems with my first and third and a lot of pain and sore, cracked nipples with my third - wish I'd known about the Soothies. And I gained 30 pounds too...

Great list! :)

Krista said...

Great post. Geee I can hardly wait for the next 6 months to be over now...looking forward to all that fun! ;)

Anonymous said...

Interesting list.

Andree said...

This is such a sweet post and once again you brought back so many wonderful memories. I think that breast feeding my babies (who are now in their thirties) was the best thing I did for them. And they remember, too, which is SO cool!

Thank you so much for your words for Anna. She was comforted very much by them and I am so grateful.

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