Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Your baby can live solely on breast milk for the first six months of their life! As long as there are no medical problems I am positive that any mother can do it! The way that you bond with your baby is impossible to describe. It really is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on! Plus, there are so many health benefits of breastfeeding for you and your child.
Is breastfeeding hard?
It can be at first. Once you get over that hurdle is becomes much easier. So easy you may end up being too lazy to pump…like me. It’s so convenient to not have to clean and warm up a bottle. It makes late night feedings a breeze.
What is it like at first?
Everyone’s experience is different but there are a few things we will all go through. Getting you baby to latch for the first time may be easy or it may be extremely difficult. Breast milk doesn’t come in for a few days. The first substance called colostrum is very important though. You baby can survive off of that until your milk comes in. Then once your milk comes in you will wish it hadn’t! Your breasts will be swollen and engorged. Your nipples wont be used to all the pulling and tugging so they will be soar too. I remember with both my boys, walking around the house moaning and holding ice packs to my chest. I don’t mean to scare you but I want you to be prepared. Remember THIS WILL ONLY LAST FOR ABOUT A WEEK! Then the milk will start to regulate and nipples will toughen up. Your body will only make as much milk as your baby needs. So if you pump more you will make more.
My experience with breastfeeding:
My second son, Vallon, was so much easier to breastfeed. From my personal experience, the first moments after your child is born is very important bonding time. With my first son, Chase, not only was I inexperienced but I didn’t get to see him right after birth because they whisked him away. It was several hours before I was able to try feeding him. It took me at least a month to get a good latch with him. I even got a few breast infections and I think I can blame the poor latch. BUT I never gave up and I successfully breastfed him a little over a year. With Vallon, the nurses put him right on my stomach while they cleaned him up. Then I was able to have skin to skin contact with him and I fed him for the first time within an hour after he was born. It was amazing. Because of that experience I feel so close to him and we haven’t had any latch problems. He is seven months now and I plan to breast feed him for 18 months at least.
Do you plan to breastfeed your child or do you already?
What is your experience with breastfeeding? I would love to hear!
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