Breast is Best….
As many of my readers know, I have 3 boys. I breastfed all of them (and am still breastfeeding one of them – yep!). When I first started breastfeeding my oldest, it wasn’t all magical like everyone said it would be. It hurt like nobody’s business. Whenever he latched on, I found myself breathing like I was supposed to breathe when having contractions. What I didn’t realize was that you DIDN’T have to nurse the baby on each side for 30 to 45 minutes. I had been told by a friend that she nursed her baby that long on each side, so I figured this was how it was done. I called my midwife complaining about how sore I was. I mean, breastfeeding was supposed to be a bonding time between mother and baby, not me counting down the minutes until he would have to nurse again! I felt so bad that breastfeeding him was causing me to wince at the sign of him rooting for the breast! I learned from the midwife that 10-15 minutes on each side would give him plenty of milk and that the rest of time, he was just sucking for comfort. Once I figured this out, I felt so much better! It wasn’t all peaches and cream in the beginning, but I’m really thankful that I had the opportunity to breastfeed each of my boys!
I was monetarily compensated by Juicebox Jungle for writing this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!!