Breast is best! That’s what they say, but truly, a fed baby is the best baby. I’m sure we’ve all heard how beautiful of a bonding experience breastfeeding can be. But, has anyone ever told you the specific struggles and rawness of breastfeeding? Did they tell you it might feel awkward initially? That you’d be getting up every few hours of the night to feed? Did they tell you that when your milk comes in your breasts will feel like they are about to burst (a.k.a engorgement)? Did they tell you that your nipples might crack and possibly scab over? And until they heal, every time your baby latches it feels like you’re being punctured by tiny needles? But don’t worry, these are all common issues.
My daughter had tricked us into thinking she was an excellent nurser because she was feeding within an hour after birth and did so well with it the next few days in the hospital. But when we arrived home, breastfeeding soon became a struggle and all of the above was my reality.
There is no way to make the first few weeks of breastfeeding completely painless and easy, but there are a few ways to ease the difficulty. The following are some tips I’ve gathered from my experience to make it through the early days:
I know there are several other things you can do to make breastfeeding more comfortable. Your experience will not or has not been the same as mine, but this is what I have to offer based on my experience. Breastfeeding is not as peachy as I anticipated, but it is worth the sacrifice. Do you have any other ideas on how to ease the pain of breastfeeding? Message me and I’d love to hear [Facebook and Instagram (@eliselilaa)]. Or if you just want to chat about the struggles, I can be a listening ear and empathize! Remember, the most difficult things in life are usually the most rewarding.
Have a breast day! ????
Elise Blaser lives in Southeast Idaho with her husband Zach, and beautiful one-year-old daughter, Violet. Before becoming a mom, she earned a bachelors degree in Business Management from ISU. She is passionate about humanity and has worked for two nonprofit organizations. She is currently a volunteer Crisis Counsellor for Crisis Text Line, where she helps texters navigate and cope with crisis. She has found a new hobby in writing, but has always loved music, exercise, anything sugar and sharing her life experiences to help uplift others.
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