So you all know that breast feeding is something that was very important to me going into this. I really struggled with Isabella and had to pump a shit ton to make sure she had enough breast milk since I couldn't get her to latch. This time around I prepared. I asked questions, read books, took classes...I was ready.
I won't say it's been easy, but it hasn't been excessively difficult either. Here has been the good and bad of my experience so far, and keep in mind it's only been two weeks so that's all I can really go on at this point.
- It's so easy and convenient not to have to worry about packing bottles or heating up a bottle at 2am. I just pick up my shirt and be done with it.
- I know it's what is best for her and I'm not knocking formula, I used formula with Isabella.
- She could be a super pooper...for real the kid could go pro and I know it's because of the easy digestibility of breast milk.
- It's an all purpose mothering tool. She's fussy or tired or whatever, she can always soothe at the boob.
- It's free! No running out for formula or what not. Breast feeding can save $3,000 a year. That sounds like enough for a kid free vacation if you ask me.
- It's a built in escape mechanism. It gives me several breaks in the day to just sit and bond with her or beat the next level on Candy Crush or catch up on my DVR or just sit in peace and quiet.
- It can be a bit painful. Everything I read in my breast feeding research has said that it's not supposed to hurt and if it does then you're doing it wrong BUT every real woman that I've spoken to has said that the first few weeks were painful. I have cracked nipples that I'm soothing with breast milk and nipple cream and letting air dry. The initial latch is toe curlingly painful, but it's getting better.
- Cluster feeding is a bitch. Our second day in the hospital I thought I might pass out from exhaustion from having my wee nursling on the boob every hour. I'm not looking forward to growth spurts.
- I'm tethered to this child. Andy can't help with night time feedings. Grandma can't help while I run out to get my nails done. It's very burdensome to know you can't leave, even though I honestly don't want to at this point. Soon I'll start pumping so I'll have a stash if I need to run out by myself for an afternoon. I just wanted to wait until we have a good breast feeding routine going. But Isabella's dance recital is coming up and I want to be able to watch it without a baby on the breast, so I'll need a stash by then at least.
- I haven't quite built up the courage to NIP (nurse in public). I've done it in the dr's office and at the photographer's studio, but I still don't feel comfortable nursing at a restaurant or the park just yet. I'm hoping as things get easier it will be easier to get her to latch without getting practically topless.