Breastfeeding: The honest truth

You just found out you’re pregnant, YAY!!! You start planning for your new addition to arrive and one of the main decisions you have to make is how you are going to feed your little one. In today’s day and age you have so many options breastfeeding and the many different types of formula. For me I was insistent on breastfeeding, in my mind this was the only option I didn’t even want to utter the word formula. You often hear all these amazing benefits that go along with breastfeeding for example, it makes baby smarter and healthier or that it helps mom lose weight faster, and even that it can act as a form of birth control post partum. While there are many other benefits to breastfeeding what a lot of people don’t mention is how hard it is. While pregnant in my mind I wanted to breastfeed not only for myself and even saving some money, but for my son. I knew that breastfeeding would pass on many needed nutrients and antibodies to help my son grow strong and healthy. I mention this because I don’t want you to think this is a post to be negative about breastfeeding because believe me I wish I would have breastfed my baby longer. The truth is breastfeeding is hard work. I was forced to have an emergency c-section and immediately after I began trying to breastfeed my son. However nobody told me that having a c-section makes it take longer for your milk to come in. I tried for days to feed my son and while he would latch I was not producing any milk. For me this was frustrating simply because I began to worry if my baby is going to starve because I cannot produce the milk to feed him. The lactation consultants at the hospital all reassured me that the colostrum was enough for now and my baby was fine. In the back of my mind I still worried so I caved in and gave him a tiny bit of formula. I was still determined to breastfeed so once I got home I began pumping like crazy. Eventually my milk came in. Yay! Well that was only half the battle. Although my milk came in I didn’t realize I needed to pump basically every few hours for 20 minutes at a time. When recovering from a c- section and caring for a newborn this process was just very difficult. On top of sore breasts and them constantly leaking through my shirts. I tried my hardest for a few weeks to keep at it but being sleep deprived didn’t help much either. I suppose some say “just suck it up Mother’s have been doing this for years.” Well yes that is true but that doesn’t mean it was or is easy. Breastfeeding also means basically being attached to your baby since you can’t be away from them for too long seeing as you are their food source. I ended up stopping breastfeeding after about 4 weeks, but I am very proud I was able to go for that long. I commend all the breastfeeding mamas out there because it truly is tough. For all the new and expecting moms just remember do what is best for you and don’t feel bad if for whatever reason you can’t breastfeed.

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