What No One Tells You About Breastfeeding-MainPhoto

What No One Tells You About Breastfeeding-MainPhoto
Breastfeeding is hard, really hard. The books, videos, and even mothers who have done it seem to always say what a lovely, rewarding experience nursing is. So often, the difficulties are left out and are only discovered by the poor new mommy as she’s trying to figure out how to care for her little bundle of joy. It’s time for a little reality check on breastfeeding; here’s what no one tells you, what you need to know, and how to overcome those difficult moments.

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  1. Dr. Tanginika Cuascud
    Dr. Tanginika Cuascud says:

    I agree with you 100%! Nobody told me breastfeeding was going to be so hard and painful; extremely painful! All that you explained was true to me when I breastfed. However, after the first 8 weeks (yes, it took that long!) breastfeeding became easy, breezy, and beautiful. We both enjoyed it very much and I breastfed for three years. The only thing that kept me going in the begnning when everything was hard, though, was my determination to breastfeed. Otherwise, I would have quitted the job in the first try. But things really got better and breastfeeding was not only good for my baby; it was soooo easy! I just went everywhere with my baby and breasffed him everywhere; no need for bottles, formula, not to mention that I did not incur in buying any formulas EVER! Breastfeeding for some of us is hard. The rewards are precious. However, I let everybody make that personal choice. Great article!!!

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  2. Elizabeth Heath
    Elizabeth Heath says:

    Oh yes, I had knuckle-biting pain with my newborn, who was a “cliff-hanger” – she only took the tip in her mouth, and ravaged it, I must say. I’m glad I stuck with it though. Between the guilt of struggling to breastfeed and feeling like an epic failure, and my husband and in-laws urging me to give up, it wasn’t easy!

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  3. Martha
    Martha says:

    This article would be a lot more helpful to new moms if you actually gave them some advice about how to make things easier instead of just scaring them about how hard it is. Using nipple cream and cooling pads can make the pair less intense. Giving yourself a break and letting yourself nap with your child can make the burden of constant nursing less intense. Drink lots of water and do some deep breathing while the baby is latched on. Even allowing yourself to splurge on someone to come in clean your house during the nursing years can make life much simpler.

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    • Amanda Edwards
      Amanda Edwards says:

      Thanks Martha! My goal was to be brutally honest and prepare moms for frustrations that are often overlooked in breastfeeding books and classes. Brilliant idea though, to do a post about making breastfeeding more comfortable! I’ll pitch it to our editor!! : )

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