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Breastfeeding is an interesting topic and is a very personal choice for each individual mama. For me, there was never an alternative. I may have been pregnant with my first baby, but I knew whole heartedly that I was going to breastfeed. Come what may, my boobs were going to do the job they were designed to do! Now, I had prepared myself for the fact that it might have its challenges. As many people told me, it is not always easy. However, NEVER did I imagine that in the first week of what was meant to be the start of a beautful breastfeeding journey, I would be sat, in agony, trying to regrow both of my nipples!! How could a 6lbs 11oz beautiful baby girl have the ability or strength to literally suck my nipples off?! My newborn daughter would head bang her way across my boob in a frantic attempt to rummage for milk leaving a trail of LOVE BITES! Yes, actual little bruises left from one tap of her teeny, tiny (absolutely gorgeous) little lips against my skin. It was official – my baby girl had super human sucking power!
Now people casually tell you that it is totally normal to have the baby blues around day 4 after giving birth. What they don’t tell you is why. I have sat and reflected on this time and I have come to the conclusion that there are many possible reasons that a woman feels this way – all of which are fuelled by a new mother’s raging hormones. Here are a few off the top of my head:
You love this little person so much it is like you’ve been hit by a bus of emotion. Plus you are constantly paranoid about the safety of your new bundle of joy checking frantically every 5 seconds to see if he/she is still breathing. Oh the anxiety!
You can’t pee without feeling like your vagina is going to explode.
You have been up all night with your crying baby. Either that or you’ve been up all night checking your baby is OK.
You no longer recognise your body as it is about 3 stones heavier than it has ever been.
And what I found the most difficult thing of all – you have extremely sore, raw nipples that despite nearly falling off, still have to feed your baby – who I might add, has the suction power of a newly serviced Dyson Vac!
Despite all of these hurdles in early motherhood, all of a sudden it all just gets a bit easier. You finally know your baby a little better and understand her little quirks. Your nether regions heal and you can now pee without wincing. There’s a fat club near by and having seen every breastfeeding specialist known to man, your baby can now latch on PAIN FREE!!
I found that with breastfeeding, everything got a little too much. I faced dark, dark times in the first week and couldn’t imagine just being able to give my baby a little feed without feeling like my nipples were being ripped off. However, just when I felt like I couldn’t go on, I just pushed through, seeked help and it all started to get better!
My baby girl is now 8 months old and we are still going strong. I can honestly say that breastfeeding is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and the beautiful moments my daughter and I share together far outweigh the intial pain and heart ache.
We are still not getting any sleep. However, my newly grown nipples are now stronger than ever and have nourished my little beauty her whole life – something I am very proud of 🙂
Love Stacey x
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