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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Truth About Breastfeeding During the Newborn Days




You slowly roll out of bed, make your way to the bathroom (very hastily) and sigh with relief. You stretch your maternity tank over your belly and think to yourself,  “There’s no way I can go another four weeks.” You grab the dog leash, hook it to the collar and head out of the door to the park. While you’re there you see a mom. She’s walking behind her toddler, baby-wearing an infant and breastfeeding. You would never have a clue that she was nursing in the carrier. How does she do it so discreetly? 
Later that night you go out to what might be the very last dinner for two. You look over and see a mom. She’s sitting in a booth, nursing a baby without a cover. You think to yourself again, “How in the world is she being so discreet? Breastfeeding will be so easy. I can do it anywhere and ever have to worry about packing bottles, pumping or formula.” Let’s start off by me saying this. I breastfed all of my babies. It was the best experience in the world. I was actually sad when those journeys ended.

 I just wish someone would have told me but no one did. Why did no one ever tell me about the horrific cracked nipples, mastitis, and crazy hormones. Why did no one tell you about those sleepless nights where you’ll roll over and want to kick your husband because clearly he’s no help in this department! Do you wanna know what people did tell me though? They told me about the bonding I would have with my child. They told me about the fact that I could get away from company if I felt like I needed to. “Sorry guys, looks like the baby is hungry!” 

I’m here to tell you the truth. Yes those first few weeks are hard. Even the most experienced breastfeeding mamas think about giving up.  Whether you make the decision to breastfeed or formula feed just know that you are a good mama. We are all just trying to figure this thing out together- one diaper change at a time!




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