So, I’ll get to the point. I know you’re all dying to hear about anything that has to do with rubbing nipples…y’all are SO predictable! I won’t waste any time…let me tell you a story…
Bonnie – The motivation behind this post!
“Insist on having the lactation consultant visit you every day you’re in the hospital. I did for my firstborn because he was having a hard time latching, but not for my second — I thought I knew everything. Big mistake. Each baby nurses differently, and it’s nice to have some extra advice and encouragement.”
“I’ve learned that it really relieves the pain if I massage my breasts often.”
“I didn’t know how much one breast can leak while you’re breastfeeding on the other side. I was always scrambling for a piece of cloth or a tissue!”
“I wish someone had told me how insatiably hungry I would be when I was breastfeeding.”
“My breasts leak like crazy, and most breast pads don’t absorb enough milk to allow me to leave the house for more than 15 minutes. Finding good breast pads is key.”
“Three years after I stopped breastfeeding, my breasts still get a little damp sometimes when I think about my daughter.”
“Know which foods can upset a baby’s tummy while you are nursing. I knew about a lot of them — broccoli, cauliflower, caffeine, beans, garlic — but for some reason I hadn’t heard about tomatoes. As soon as I stopped eating them, my son’s colic disappeared.”
“I wish someone had warned me about how much it hurts when your baby latches on for the first few weeks. I had no idea and thought it was never going to go away.”
“For once in your life, you’ll have a Playboy-worthy chest — grab the camera and take some pictures. If only the rest of my body matched!”
“My baby and I never got the hang of breastfeeding. Every feeding session ended with both of us crying. I wish I hadn’t put so much pressure on myself to breastfeed, because once I accepted bottle-feeding, he and I could both finallyenjoy feeding time.”
“Don’t stress about the breastfeeding issue. Whether you do or don’t breastfeed is up to you — and sometimes you don’t even have a choice. Trust your instincts.”
The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins.