What I Wish I Would Have Known About Breastfeeding

Welcome to the Carnival of Breastfeeding!

What I wished I would have known about breastfeeding was that it was a love story filled with moments of hate.

Nursing was so much more wonderful that the perfunctory feeding of my child that I had anticipated. ?No one I knew could have explained how the hormones would course through my body and make me want to sit and do nothing but stare into the abyss of my child’s eyes or stroke their soft skin for hours on end. ?I hated that people tried to tell me horror stories about breastfeeding, they totally spoiled the lead in to what was a beautiful thing.

I also hated what surrounded breastfeeding. ?For as wonderful and lovely as it felt, there were moments when I hated what happened. ?I hated that I didn’t feel supported. I hated that I felt like I had to justify myself to everyone. ?I hated that I had to leave my hormone ladened life of sitting in a chair and doing nothing but nurse for inconsequential things.

Were there bumps on the road? Yes. ?Was I able to handle them with help? ?Yes. ?Did I love it when that was given lovingly and with support rather than in a begrudging manner? Yes.

So my wise words to you? ?Find someone to support you. ?Even on the days when you’re down. ?It happens. Find that person who will bring you back to reality and remind you of the love that is breastfeeding.

Other Mothers share their wisdom in this months blog carnival:

(Keep checking back – more will be added through the end of the day on October 26, 2009)

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  3. Melodie says:

    Yes yes yes! It wasn’t until I found the support of some fabulous moms like me at La Leche League that I really felt supported and armed with information to not feel unsure or self-conscious about breastfeeding arounf the people in my life who didn’t really support me.

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  7. Funny- I feel just like you did- I was so amazed breastfeeding was awesome because I’d heard the WORST stuff.
    I pretty much DID sit on my butt the whole time, texting my husband from my iPhone when I needed stuff. What things did you have to take care of… so I can make sure to avoid those things with my next baby! :)
    I do assume that breastfeeding a second baby might not include so much time sitting around!

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  9. Lisa C says:

    I wish I had gotten the RIGHT information about breastfeeding. I DID have the idea that it would be all lovely from the beginning, but probably due to birth complications it was extremely difficult.But the first time he latched on and nursed successfully I was in heaven. As for support, I found it in my husband, and at various groups that tend to draw mothers who practice attachment parenting. I don’t know how I would have survived without those mothers!

  10. Support is so important. Never underestimate how much difference a supportive partner can make. I know so many women who gave up because of drama with their husbands/boyfriends/mothers-in-law, etc. Keep your supporters close by and others away!

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