Monday, March 7, 2011

All You've Ever Wanted to Know About Boobs


This pose?  Referred to around our house as the milk coma.

It's what I aspire to see after a feeding.  A full, satisfied little girl who will sleep quietly for at least a few shades so Mama can go to the restroom.

Yep.  We're going the breastfeeding route.  And believe me, it has not been an easy one.  In the hospital, Natalie did things to my nipples I did not even know were possible (and not in a good way, people).  The pain was unbearable.  She was crying, I was crying.  After about 2 days of feeding, I began to understand why people quit.

But I didn't want to quit.  It was (and is) important to me to breastfeed.  So I played through the pain.  And after maybe a week and a half...we got it!  In reality it was my problem.  The girl sucked like a pro but I could not figure out how to get her to latch for the life of me.  Enter husband.  My savior.  The man somehow figured out how to do it and taught me.  Yes.  My husband taught me how to breastfeed my child.  And I could not love him more for doing so.  All she needed was a little shove in the right direction.

Don't get me wrong.  We are still a work in progress.  Natalie has a tendency to flail her arms in front of her mouth preventing me from even getting to her when she's hungry.  This can lead to a very frustrating mama and baby some days.  And even worse...some nights.  Between the hours of 1 and 4 is not a good time to screw with Mommy.

And honestly, one of my nipples is currently acting up in an icky, blistery, YOWZA, way.  But we're learning.  I still say at least once every week that I want to quit.  Especially when the girl feeds every 2 hours during the day.  But then I seeing her little face when we get it right and I can't imagine giving that up for anything.

9 comments:

Shaina said...

Awww! Good for you for sticking with it ... and also it's so good to see a post from you! I miss you!! Give Natalie a little kiss for me!

Emily said...

Good job for sticking with it. From what I have heard people often have experiences like yours in the beginning but end up loving it and the time spent with baby! I hope you do! :)

The Shabby Princess said...

Bahaha, that picture cracks me up. It's like "touchdown! Mama, we did it!". So sweet.

melissa said...

Love that milk coma pose - so sweet! I think it's awesome that you were able to stick it out. Sounds like it was very rough for a while. You're a trooper!

Lucy Marie said...

Good for you. You are doing a wonderful job! And it WILL get easy. Soon. It will.

Happiness Is... said...

I am right there with you. We are in week 4 and boy do my boobs hurt sometimes. Like they ACHE - wowsers. Does that happen to you, too?

I am starting to wonder if he is not latching correctly but he, too, goes into the milk coma and my boobs are a drippy mess so I know he is eating!

Ashley said...

Love that pose! Yes, breastfeeding is not easy, but the sweet faces my baby gives me when he's full are priceless. :)

Kristen said...

good for you for sticking with it! Breastfeeding is definitely hard.... I did it for 6 weeks with both kids and then quit, it was just too much and I was too embarrassed to nurse in public so it made life really difficult! Have you tried the Lanola stuff for your nipples? Not sure if I'm giving you the right name but it's in the baby aisle at any store, purple tube. Definitely helps ALOT! Good job mom, keep up the good work. And way to go to your hubs!

Tiffany said...

I hope it gets easier for you! I have had several friends who had to really work at feeding. Hang in there!! She is a doll!!