Well, here we are almost 7 months. I remember my husband asking me at about 2 months in, if I was enjoying breastfeeding and I sort of rolled my eyes and said “unfortunately no, I am grateful to be able to do this but it’s uncomfortable and stressful.” I am SO glad I stuck to it because it’s such a breeze now. It’s the easiest thing in the world. I don’t have to worry about carrying formula around or if I have enough, I just whip it out and there you go!
Now, rewind back to the beginning stages, I was in horrible pain, my nipples cracked, they were sore and the cluster feeding was killing me. I mean there were 3 days straight I remember where he was on my boob for like 12 hours straight. Talk about draining! 😛 Then as things got better, his latch started to get funny so at about 2 months I started to question if he was latching properly. All this talk about, tongue tie and lip tie had me worried. Apparently, he may have an upper lip tie which they say if it’s not getting in the way then don’t do anything about it, the last thing I wanted to do was to have it snipped. Then there was the gas problem. I had to cut out dairy and gluten because I no idea what was causing him horrible gas pains. It was so sad to see him uncomfortable. Once he hit about 3 1/2 months he got much better, the latch was perfect again it was so weird but I was so grateful that things had turned around. I feel like thats when I realized it was worth it, it’s an obstacle for most moms but once you reach that point, it’s amazing. You get to share that moment with your child, just you and him. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I think what made it more difficult in the beginning too was not knowing exactly what you were getting into. For the next baby I will be more knowledgeable, more patient. I think it will be a better over all experience.
Now after all this, here we are almost 7 months, my little guy has his bottom teeth since he was about 4 1/2 months or so and he has already bitten me multiple times. This scared the crap out of me in the beginning especially when he caught me off guard and then I was on edge every time I was nursing him, kind of stressful. I realized he really doesn’t know that he is doing it and he is teething really badly, his tops are almost in so I can tell now, if he is not really hungry and just wants comfort, there is more of a chance he will bite me. So I just pay attention to his cues and I take it from there, it’s working out much better. One his top teeth actually come in that may be another story! Haha!
I know many moms struggle with supply and I am so thankful to be able to have enough to feed my little guy. I am pretty sensitive to most supply boosting remedies such as oats and fenugreek. If I take any of those within hours I breast are full! I have to be careful because it can be quite uncomfortable and I start leaking like crazy. Speaking of leaking, that is one of the most annoying things, having to wear boob pads all the time and apparently wired bras can cause clogged ducts so I wear wireless bras so my boobs also look huge which I’m not a huge fan of either. I’ve had tiny boobs my whole life, I’m like what are these things? What do I do with them? They are constantly in my way! I’m getting used to it though I guess.
Also, this whole pumping while working full time is no joke. It’s time consuming and a big commitment. You mamas that are exclusive pumpers, WHOA! You go girl! I could never! It’s just too much for me. Speaking of pumping, I got the free Medela pump from my insurance which was great in the beginning but I bought the Spectra because I needed something I can charge and bring with me so I can pump in the car and on the go and I LOVE it! Its the best pump ever. It’s a little pricey but if you plan on using it long term its totally worth the investment.
Any who, just happy to say we are more than 1/2 way to our breastfeeding goal of one year! I sure hope we make it, unless he bites my nipple off! Haha! That’s actually not funny. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
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