Nursing your baby can look like this
….but more often it looks like this
The reality is that breastfeeding is 10% sweet and 90% crazy, at least for me! So what does it feel like to breastfeed? What is breastfeeding really like? Breastfeeding is:
Popping off to stare around and expose you…then yelling at you because the boob is gone
Biting (come one do they really need teeth this young?!)
Baby testing how far your nipples can stretch
Feeling absolutely touched out
Wondering if your breasts will ever be sexual objects again
Wondering if your breasts will ever stop being this strange shape
It’s pumping at work to keep up supply
It’s dealing with hot nursing covers
It’s nursing in strange places to get a little privacy
Why on Earth do we do it then? Any sane person wouldn’t put up with this nonsense 6+ times a day for months on end.
We do it because it’s great for our baby
We do it because being able to calm our baby and put them to sleep is amazing
We do it for the sleepy smiles
We do it for the face strokes
We do it out of love!
So nurse on mamas. Nurse on through the hard times. Remember that each new weird annoying habit is short lived…to be replaced by something new. Remember that your nursing relationship will be over before you know it and they will learn to soothe and sleep without you. Remember to never quit on a bad day. Feel proud because you’re doing an awesome job and making a great sacrifice, yes a sacrifice, for your baby. You are a rockstar whether you nurse for 3 days or 3 years, whether you EBF or supplement, whether you nurse or pump for your baby. And remember you are not alone! Find someone to commiserate with because goodness knows your husband just can’t relate quite like another nursing mom.
Pin this to share with other moms and be sure to drop your own nursing realities in the comments! And read about my breastfeeding journey and some breastfeeding tips to get you started.