The Truth About Breastfeeding

Even before I had a baby, I knew I want to breastfeed as long as possible. I also wrote a post about the benefits of breast milk for baby and mom some time ago on my blog. When the time has come and my baby was here, I had some different thoughts running through my head.

A Miracle

Let’s start with how incredible it was to see my fresh baby out of a womb start drooling on me once she was on my chest. V couldn’t believe that and said that it was a beautiful sight. After some time, I tried to nurse Lily and she knew right away what to do and how to get this “gold” out of me :). Something unbelievable. It was a true miracle for me. Well, the whole delivery/ experience was a miracle.

The first night that we spent at the hospital, Lily wanted lots of short feeds over a few hours, which is called cluster feeding. Because of that, my nipples were in so much pain. Luckily, I had an organic nipple balm with me so that helped a lot, but still not entirely. I was a little scared if that’s going to ever heal.

Breastfeeding Is Not As Easy As I Thought

Once we got home, over the first month, it got better. Though the often feeding during the day and night was pretty exhausting. I’m not going to lie. The first weeks postpartum, my hands and arms were very sore after labor. I was asking myself: “how am I gonna do this for at least 6 months?!”. I was hoping for way more than 6 months before, of course.

Sleep deprivation and pain (after the delivery and breastfeeding) was very disencouraging. I was asking myself: “should I continue this?”. At the same time, I wanted the best for Lily, no matter what. That being said, I kept on doing it, kept on pushing. Once we passed 2 months and I started to feel much better with the whole recovery, I said: “okay!”. I’ve realized that it’s not bad at all and it can be painless and even enjoyable. (Also, a breastfeeding pillow is a great help.)

Special Bond

So here we are now, I want to breastfeed Lily as long as possible. Until the last drop of milk. Nursing is a very sweet time. I also love how Lily puts her hands together while breastfeeding. What’s more, I love knowing that she’s getting what’s best for her. As a side note, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this: “Breast milk studied as potential coronavirus treatment“. It is certainly liquid gold :).

On a different note, I know that some women struggle with producing not enough milk (or cannot breastfeed at all). I was worried about it before. I’m so grateful that it’s not the case here. I’m very happy that I can pump extra milk (I’m using this pump) and freeze it so she can have it once we’re done with breastfeeding. I’m using this storage bags which are the best. I highly recommend to all the mamas out there to do this, (because the milk in the freezer is good for 6 months) :).

Another thing I would love to say to expecting mommies is that it might not be easy at the beginning, but worth it. Just be patient and strong and then one day, it will be a very sweet moment that only your baby and you can have! 🙂

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  1. What a gorgeous image of you two! I breastfed both my boys to 18 months (6 months with my daughter as I went back to work) and I don’t regret it at all.

  2. Breastfeeding happens to be one of the difficult stages of motherhood for me. I gave birth through CS and for two weeks my baby was on formula because I couldn’t sit probably due to the cut in my belly. It was so stressful but I enjoyed every bit of it.

  3. Im so glad your enjoying breast-feeding your gorgeous girl. My first child (now an adult) was born prematurely and I couldnt feed her to start with in the first week. She was in hospital for 3 weeks. I then stayed in with her for a few days so we could bond and I could feed her. We managed to feed for over 3 months. Then my milk dried up 🙁 I was so upset. So when my next was due I joined a group of women who helped mothers breastfeed. She was born 10 days early and I was in hospital having lots of tests. I feed her for years. Yes till she was 1. Then hubby said thats enough. I found out she was disabled – Tuberous Scelrosis and that I had it also. So unbeknown to my now ex hubby I fed her till she was 3. I wanted to give her the best in life. She is now an adult living in a group home. Breastfeeding is hard but if you can keep trying it is the most wonderful thing in the world.

    1. Wonderful and congratulations 😃. I’m sure you will 🙂, just be patient at the beginning 💗.

  4. Hello! I love the work that you do on your blog and I have nominated you for the Liebster Award in my brand new post. I think you should see it 😊

  5. Congratulations on your baby! Hope you and your family stay safe!
    Btw I too blog @ The Confessions Of A Music And Book Addict and would appreciate some support!
    Stay safe,
    -Prutha xoxo

  6. It kind of sucks to admit that you and your baby can’t quite figure out this very normal and natural thing. You might feel like a complete failure, and you might not, but you will probably wonder at some point or another why your baby just can’t figure out how to latch on and suck properly! Try to stay calm. Most of the time, these babies do figure it out with a little help. They are new and inexperienced, so they need some practice and guidance, just like you do. My baby was not a natural at this; she struggled and she screamed and we both cried ― a lot. Don’t feel bad if this just doesn’t come naturally to you and your newborn. You will get the hang of it with some practice and patience.

    1. Oh, so sorry about it! Lily, actually, knew right away what to do 😃👍🌸

  7. Your baby girl is adorable and you are very strong. Also, congrats for a very good article. I could not do it, unfortunately. I am not going to say why but it wasn’t about being lazy or something like that. What I hated about both real and online life was that everyone had something to say about it, everyone had advice and nobody understood. In other words, I could have done it but I didn’t really try… and I did try but it was impossible in my case. Now I am all right, I couldn’t care less about people judging, hehe. I am very glad for you, I wish you and your baby lots of health. Stay safe!

    1. Thank you so much and yes, we cannot care about judgment of other people, it just stops us from doing what we love 🙂🌺

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