Oh, the highs and lows of breastfeeding
When people tell you that breastfeeding is best for your baby, it really is true. But no one tells you how hard it really is. I was an avid researcher while I was pregnant with learning all the things I needed to know with what was going on with my body and my baby.
In my third trimester was when I started to do research of breastfeeding. I highly recommend The Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche International. It really is the bible for breastfeeding. I read up to half of the book before my son decided to make his debut. It was really helpful in getting me a head start mentally with how much work you have to put into breastfeeding. But nothing, I mean NOTHING prepares you until you actually go through it. I knew breastfeeding was hard. But I did not know HOW hard it was until I was facing engorged breasts, painful nipples, fear of yeast infections, nipple shields, 3AM feedings, on-demand feedings and more.
I don't care what people tell you about breastfeeding. It is bleeping hard!
Is it worth it? Yes. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding. Bonding with your child, free milk, saving money long term, portable, high percentages with learning are better, extremely low chance of being obese, the list goes on. Would I do it all over again? Yes. Do you use formula? Yes! If I don't have time to pump, (which a lot of the time I don't) when my son goes over to Grandma and Grandpas house, if they don't have the milk I pumped, he drinks the formula, and guess what... he's fine. Seriously this is NOT an article to bash moms who couldn't breastfeed their child. I give you a standing ovation for trying or not trying! It is a lot of work. But for me and my family, I decided I wanted to breastfeed.
Here's my journey so far with breastfeeding. All my milk came in the day after I delivered. Some of you may think wow that's amazing! Eh no it wasn't. I woke up from a nap, and my boobs were freaking rocks and I mean rocks! I didn't get to see a lactation consulate until the following day and I was in so. Much. Pain. Plus, they massaged the crap out of my breasts that I am pretty sure I have damaged scar tissue and my right breast literally hurts all the time. Being a first time