Paging Paisley: Will Breastfeeding Get Any Easier?
My goal has always been to breastfeed until my baby self weans, but now that she is here I am struggling. Will breastfeeding get any easier?
Signed, Struggling Breastfeeder
No doubt breastfeeding can be a struggle. When I was pregnant I thought is was going to be a dance on roses, and fluffy pink clouds. Boy, was I wrong! Bleeding sores, latching problems, sleepless nights, rivers of tears, and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness were what surrounded breastfeeding for me… and to boot mastitis!
I can honestly say looking back that I would do it all again in a heartbeat though. Breastfeeding is the gift that is given after going through labour and birth. The look of complete bliss your baby gives you when he receives love, warmth, and all the nutrition his little body needs to grow all at the same time is priceless and simply indescribable.
There is no easy answer, and most certainly not an answer you want to read but really you just have to stay strong, and push through. The sores will heal (slowly since someone is sucking on them all day). Baby and you will learn the latching and positions that work for you. You will learn to sleep through the feeds, or at least get used to less sleep. The sad tears will turn into happy ones when the first feed is over without any pain or problems. Hopelessness will turn into hope and then joy! And mastitis in my case… will return 3 more times with the next kid and I will still keep breastfeeding!
And if you need a little extra support physically or mentally, there are plenty of great resources for breastfeeding support. Reach out to your local La Leche League. Or join a FB group so you can not only get support, but see that others are in the same boat. Stay strong mamma, you got this!
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