Breastfeeding is HARD ! Yes it is rewarding and well worth the engorgement, cracked nipples, blocked ducts and if your really unlucky a good bout of mastitis. ....do not get me started on the dodgy maternity underwear.
Benefits are in abundance , firstly the health benefits for you and your baby , it helps lower the chance of ovarian & breast cancer in mum , it helps stimulate your uterus back to its normal size, then there's the milk on tap whenever wherever, no bottles -and all the jobs that come with them, no heating up or trying to cool it or keep it right.....PLUS its free...bonus! Not to mention the baby bonding naww.
But if you choose as a first time mum to breastfeed .....you don't quite realise what your in for (even if you went to the classes ) until your in the thick of it......that first ever feed with Olivia was so odd ( sensation wise) ....but I was lucky she was an awesome little feeder. ..I'm told she was ready and rearing.. sucking the midwives finger before she was completely delivered. ...and she left me with several hickeys before I realised she was looking for milk . The best thing for all is to get that baby on the breast as soon as possible.
I will be honest Mat and I did the obligatory breastfeeding class provided by the hospital and I am glad.......because Mat is a researcher & avid learner on anything that sparks that complex brain of his ...and to be frank my attention span was less than perfect at 32 weeks ...so I looked like I was taking it all in but Mat actually did....he was a real man that day.....the only Dad to volunteer to wear the boobie apron.
|Boobie apron ...my brave husband|
My understanding of correct positioning and latch technique was.....lacking. ....So here in public I thank my husband ,without his help and support and actually teaching me correct technique I may have failed. .miserably.
Definitely skill yourself in these areas....use your midwife/ nurse, use the wise ladies in your life, read the books and even you tube.
For information's sake incorrect latch felt like lots of tiny hot needles .
The new born stage
Generally your baby will feed alot to help stimulate your milk to come in , so let them its a good thing ,usually milk makes an appearance day 3 -5...and you will rock a killer cleavage...feel like your chest is going to explode and you will feel hot and get sweaty ....truthfully the milk making an appearance is not pleasant.
You are here by connected non stop to your baby, and until around the 8 week mark that's normal and exhausting......at some points of both Olivia's and Loxtons newborn days I did nothing else but breastfeed I did not leave the lounge.....!
Generally cluster feeds signalled a growth spurt.
Usually I would have a very hungry baby at around 4ish right till my bedtime 10ish. ...which is at the time ,consuming but very normal...baby is filling up for night time .
sleep.....some do, some don't. ....I have been blessed with 2 fairly good sleepers....but that's not to say we haven't had our sleepless nights ....but here we would do a feed at around 10pm wake at 2am for a feed then anywhere from 4am till 6am another feed then usually I would be up....my babies usually went back for more Zzzzz until 8am......So I think I was blessed but I also think ALLOWING them to cluster feed before going down for the night was a major help in a very few wakes night....by week 4 -6 both my kids slept through from 10pm till 5am until 4 month sleep regression (another subject all together)......I hope others can be so lucky.....I recommend lots of feeds in the day and allowing for the cluster feed before bedtime, pair that with a decent bedtime routine and your on the right track.
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