I sighed as I breastfeed my first born at 4am, while staring at my husband who was sound asleep next to me. Breastfeeding Sucks!! I yelled as I blind punched him in the face. I don’t know if it was the exhaustion, the fact that I was responsible for all the feedings, or the pure unfairness of the situation, but let’s just say, the look I must have had on my face, my husband knew we were reaching def con 4 here. And I know breast is best, if you can nurse you should, and it’s better for the mother and baby and all that. But c’mon there are just some aspects that make nursing suck!
Breastfeeding sucks, such as:
You can’t get that baby to latch. Now this might seem very simple, I mean this is what our bodies were made to do right? This is what babies know how to do right? Ummmm, NOPE. Getting that baby to latch might be the biggest challenge you face. Like conceiving, carrying and birthing weren’t hard enough. I commend the mamas who pump, use shields, SNS (supplemental nursing system), and try and try to get their baby to latch. You are a hero and someone should have a statue made in your honor.
One word – Pumping. It sucks! First it’s finding the right pump and then all the “equipment” that goes with it. Cleaning so called equipment, storing the milk, not to mention having a place to pump. I have so many horror stories between my friends and I, like getting walked in on while pumping at work or not having a place to pump. Literally one friend had to hide underneath a blanket at the airport because there is no lactation rooms available and while working way offsite they offered a co-worker either a bathroom or the bus to pump. And don’t even get me started on the embarrassment of having to explain your breast pump and all the hardware at a security checkpoint.
Leaking. I remember my cousin explaining this concept and my response being “what do you mean they leak”. Oh yes, they can leak and they can leak a lot and it can strike at any time.
Engorgement. For me, the only things that helped were to either breast feed ASAP, pump, or express. But hey, who knew the range your boobs have when engorged.
Infections. Mastitis is no joke. It is extremely painful and once you get it, you are more likely to get it again. With mastitis you can expect a very high temperature, mine was 105 degrees, body aches, clamminess, breast tenderness, with an overall horrible feeling. See your doctor immediately, they should prescribe antibiotics, which made me feel nauseas but at least it cleared up the infection.
Overall breastfeeding is an entirely different experience for every mother. I always think that if moms and dads are aware of all the issues that can come up with nursing, everyone can be better prepared to handle the situation. And of course, nursing offers way more benefits to both mom and baby then drawbacks. So if you do find yourself in a breastfeeding situation that seems to have you beat, please call your medical provider, nursing consultant, or la leche league. They may be able to offer you advice, in home consultation, or techniques that can help both you and baby be successful.
How was your experience with breastfeeding?