My best friend had her baby!!!! I’m full of all sorts of warm and cuddly feelings at the sight of the baby’s pictures and I am definitely reminded of the very precious first few days of a breastfeeding relationship.
As you and your baby get to know each other by touch and smell, you are embarking on one of THE most interesting relationships of your life–the breastfeeding relationship.
This morning, my one year old woke up while I was getting ready for work. I honestly ran out of the shower and into his room in my underwear to discover he had completely blown out of his diaper and was literally dripping pee as we ran back to the bathroom.
Needless to say, I stripped him down at 5 am and dunked him into a tub of warm water (wipes can’t fix everything ladies lol).
As I’m washing him and wondering how I’m going to make it to work on time, he reminds me that I am only in underwear as he twists my nipples inquisitively and says, “Eat?”
Lol! This boy hasn’t nursed in forever but he remembers what mommy’s tatas are for. Breastmilk! You make my daaayyy! (Thanks Dave Chappelle! 🤣)
I say all of this to say–at the beginning breastfeeding may be difficult. Your body is recovering–it’s trying to heal and close back up. Your heart is in love with baby but you’re simultaneously exhausted. Breastfeeding may add another level of fatigue and stress as you navigate your unique relationship with baby. However, it’s an experience you and baby will never forget.
Take the time to reach out to other moms, your midwife, OB, doula, and more importantly the lactation consultant at the hospital where you gave birth. They can help you even after you’ve been discharged.
Get help because even though it’s natural and you were born to breastfeed, it’s still a process that goes smoother with guidance. I love you guys and know that I’m just an email away if you have any questions.