Welcome back to the second part of my first time mom series – 10 things no one tells you about breastfeeding! I am a HUGE advocate that fed is best. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how your baby is fed. I do however, encourage that every new mom attempts breastfeeding. I think that breastfeeding is pretty freaking awesome. But you are no less of a mom if you choose not to breastfeed. At the end of the day, you know what’s best for you and your baby.
Since I exclusively breastfeed – I am able to speak on 10 things no one tells you about breastfeeding. I don’t know much in the way of pumping or formula feeding. So you will have to look elsewhere for tips and tricks in that area! You can watch my full video on Youtube, or continue reading down below.
1. Your milk can spray out of your nipples: imagine my surprise the first time that happened! Let down can be pretty powerful. So powerful in fact, it can cause your milk to spray out of your nipples excessively.
2. The milk comes out of multiple spots: I had always imagine the nipples to be like a straw (is that weird?). But the milk will come out of multiple spots in the nipple. Couple that with the milk spraying out of my nipples… Breastfeeding was nothing like I had ever imagined!
3. Baby can refuse to bottle feed: you will often hear Moms talk about “nipple confusion” and that sometimes when you give a breastfed baby a bottle they will no longer want to breastfeed. I did so much research on learning how to try and prevent this from happening, because I really wanted to breastfeed. But I also wanted dad to be able to help with the night feedings. I never came across the fact that a breastfed baby could refuse a bottle! C took bottles up until he was almost 3 months old, then he went on a bottle strike. Apparently this common because infants lose their natural sucking reflex at this time. We tried everything – different nipple types/flow, different positions, different people giving the bottle – and nothing worked. It’s just important to know this is not entirely uncommon.
4. Breastfeeding is not always peaceful: I always had this vision of peaceful bonding moments with my baby when breastfeeding. But it is more common for babies to grunt, groan, squirm, play with their feet, touch your face etc. than to eat peacefully.
5. Tongue / lip ties don’t always need to be removed right away: a lot of people associate tongue and lip ties with an inability to breastfeed, so they often immediately want them corrected. And while sometimes they can interfere with the babies ability to latch, they don’t always! If baby is able to successfully latch and there are no issues with breastfeeding, and your doctor advises you to get them corrected, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
6. Medications can affect milk production: most pregnant women have the conversation with their doctors the moment they get pregnant as to whether or not it is safe to continue taking their medications. But often times we forget to ask whether or not those medications will have an effect on our milk production. This can be helpful to know if your milk takes longer to come in, that way you don’t get discouraged.
7. Baby can prefer a breast: sometimes babe will prefer to eat from one breast over the other. This can result in babe spending more time on one breast over the other or completely outright refusing to eat off a breast.
8. You have to get creative: babies are stubborn little humans! Sometimes you need to try different positions in order to get babe to latch.
9. Your boobs will leak… a lot: if you think about your baby, look at a photo of your body, hear your baby (or any baby) cry – your boobs will leak. Getting intimate with your partner? Your boobs will leak. Gone too long between feedings or baby has a suddenly slept a long stretch? You got it – your boobs will leak. Get used to sleeping in clothes and invest in some nursing pads!
10. You may feel your let down happen: it takes babe a minute or two to trigger your let down. Often when it does, you will feel a tingly or pins and needles sensation.
*BONUS* You will feel like a superhero! Breastfeeding your baby is a totally amazing and bonding experience. You will do a little internal victory dance every time you weigh your baby and see that he’s gained weight. But remember, breastfeeding is challenging. If for whatever reason you need to end your breastfeeding journey early, know that it doesn’t make you any less of a superhero!
I hope you found this list of 10 things no one tells about breastfeeding helpful. What aspects of breastfeeding surprised you? Until next time. XX
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