I mean come on we all have that one friend that is like the golden hen. She pumps a gallon of milk daily then ends up throwing out the extra. You know who you are. Then there is me … I smile at the thought of a few ounces. This stuff is like gold and I’m sure there is a need on the black market for it.
However, this article is not made to focus on the value of breast milk, because I already established above it is like GOLD. And I am talking 24 karate gold, not the fake stuff. No, this article is meant to get into … The good, the bad and the ugly of Breastfeeding.
Alright we all know breastfeeding is what’s best for you and your baby, but let’s be honest it comes with similar problems as childbirth. It is different for everybody and usually doesn’t turn out as planned. We all hope for that perfect experience. It should all come so natural for mom and baby right? Well not always. As a newborn ICU nurse I am a complete advocate for breastfeeding. However, as a mother it is only fair to warn other first time moms about the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here are the things nobody tells us first timers … probably because it is awkward.
>It is going to hurt.
I had this beautiful vision of giving labor followed by skin-to-skin, leading to a perfect, natural breastfeeding experience. My experience was a bit different. It was painful. Depending on your baby’s suck you can experience some pretty painful body changes. Every time she latched, I would hold my breath and curl my toes. There was bleeding. This will end. Just imagine spin class. Painful? Yes. Worth it? Yes.