The world of breastfeeding is something that more and more women have been enthusiastic about over the last 10 years. As taboos are starting to lift, people are more aware of the benefits of breastmilk, and the movement for being able to breastfeed in public is on the rise, more and more mothers are opting to try breastfeeding rather than feeding with formula.
Although there is plenty of information out there about it out there, there are plenty of things that women simply don’t know until they have faced it themselves. Here are some of the most common things that women say they never knew about breastfeeding and no one tells you about.
It Hurts At First
When your breasts are first adjusting to being sucked on, you will likely chafe and have sore nipples for several weeks. This is because your skin is not used to this sensation, and when you are feeding for hours a day it can start to take its toll.
Some women’s breasts are so tender that they have to resort to placing silicone nipple guards on their breasts in order to protect from further bleeding or scabbing.
Additionally, you should apply an all natural and safe nipple cream which will keep your nipples soothed and safe as well as avoid giving the baby any harmful chemicals.
You Will Leak Everywhere
As your breasts adjust to how milk they need to produce in order to feed your baby, you will need to be patient with the process. You may find yourself leaking all over your shirts and even waking up in a puddle of breastmilk.
This usually will start to balance itself out after a few weeks to months and in the interim, you can wear breast pads which will protect your bra and shirt from leakage. Some breast pads come equipped with plastic cups so that you can save some of this breastmilk to store for later feedings.
You Will Start To Enjoy It
After a while, many women start to look forward to breastfeeding. It is an experience between a mother and a baby which brings you closer and can be soothing for both of you.
Some women find that after they stop breastfeeding they miss it so much that they can’t wait to have another baby to get started again!
You Will Start To Base Your Clothes Around It
When you are a breastfeeding mother and have to be ready to pull out your breast to nurse at any moment, you will find that certain necklines and fabrics just aren’t suited to be able to comfortably breastfeed on the fly.
Therefore you will find yourself basing your entire outfit around how well you can maneuver pulling out your breast to feed your baby.
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