Breastfeeding is a phenomenal experience. It's nature's way of allowing a mother to bond with and nourish her baby. Knowing that your body produces exactly what your child needs when he needs it is an amazing feeling. Even still, there are times when breastfeeding feels difficult and tiring. There are many things that breastfeeding mothers have in common, and chances are, you can relate to some—if not all—of the following situations.
Your style of dress has changed dramatically.
Before having a child, you probably liked to dress up, look fancy every once in awhile, and wear clothes that showed off your figure. Now that your baby has arrived, most of the clothes in your wardrobe are just impractical. In fact, many breastfeeding moms find themselves wearing only button-up or loose-fitting shirts because they provide easier access for their little one's meal time. If you've looked through your closet and decided that over half of it cannot be worn until your child is off the boobie for good, then you might be a breastfeeding mom.
You feel like a factory but you're not making any cash.
You're constantly feeding, pumping, or leaking this incredible, nutrient-rich "liquid-gold." When demand is high, production is high, but yet you're not getting paid for it! As a breastfeeding mother, it might feel like you're a factory that's going broke. When you look a little deeper though, you realize that you are reaping the rewards because your body is nourishing your child. You're providing him with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that he needs to grow. So, trust your body, Mama! Your efforts are not in vain!
Your nipples hurt every. single. day.
If they're not aching, they're burning. If they're not burning, they're itching. If they're not itching, they're cracked. It can be frustrating when you're constantly uncomfortable, but many moms agree that investing in a quality, all-natural nipple balm will help relieve some of the discomfort. Keep your stock on hand and hang in there!
The media frenzy surrounding breastfeeding has made your crazy.
Usually, you breastfeed in public regardless of what society thinks because your child always comes first. However, there are days when you just don't feel like dealing with the ignorance of society, so you pump in advance to avoid having to give someone your death stare.
Remember that no matter what, your child comes first. If someone is offended by your child having a meal, then it's their problem, not yours.
The number one question on your mind is, "Is my child eating enough?"
As a breastfeeding mom, you're likely always wondering whether or not your child is getting enough sustanence. What if he's not eating enough? What if I'm not producing enough? Is he still hungry?
You probably have a list of questions regarding eating habits when you visit your pediatrician for a checkup. Your pediatrician likely tells you that everything's fine, he's growing like a weed, but you still find yourself second-guessing.
Trust your body. It knows what it's doing.
Sleep is rare these days.
Your body now belongs to your child and you've learned to accept it. Even still, when your baby demands a feeding, you find yourself begging him to go back to sleep so that you can get in a quick cat nap before you have to be up for the day.
You probably feel like everything you do, you do it half-asleep, and you've probably spent many days not knowing what day it even is. It gets better, Mom. We promise!
You've pumped before, just so that you can enjoy two glasses of wine with dinner.
Sometimes as moms, we forget to take care of ourselves. Breastfeeding moms, on the other hand, still have to consider their child before they even think about treating themselves to a glass or two of wine. You must pump in advance if you want to drink—but this has become your life, so you rarely complain.
Breastfeeding moms are superheroes. They make sure that their child's body has what it needs to thrive. They sacrifice so much time to make sure that they're child is getting enough sustainenance. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming, but at the end of the day, when you see your beautiful baby at her checkup, you realize that she's growing because of you. There's nothing better than knowing that because of your body, your child is thriving in this world.
Love + miracles,