Post # 17
The first couple weeks there was a little bit of tenderness. And at 2 weeks I got mastitis and went on antibiotics. And it takes a lot of time.
But the positives for me way out weigh any negatives. She latched right after birth and has been a nursing champ. I feel very lucky that it’s been smooth for us because I love nursing, which is not something I thought I’d say. I thought nursing was just something you did with babies but once I started for me there’s lots of happy hormones that go with it.
Post # 18
I haven’t breastfed a baby, but I think that wet nursing wouldn’t have been such a booming popular occupation for hundreds of years prior to the 1950’s if breastfeeding wasn’t difficult or impossible for a lot of women. My mum said my sister and I were impatient babies and wouldn’t wait for the let down without a tantrum, and she didn’t really have anyone to help her out, as no women in her family had breastfed because it wasn’t fashionable in the 1960’s when they had their babies.
Its interesting to think about how much grandmother to mother to daughter breastfeeding knowledge was lost when breastfeeding became a faux pas and formula was all the rage in the 1950’s/60’s, and how much of an affect, if any, it has had on our generation’s breastfeeding experiences.
Post # 19
I can tell you that I was one of the lucky ones that didnt have pain/bleeding/cracking/raw/mastitis/any of that nasty stuff, and I am going on month 5 of EBF. I CAN tell you, however, that it was difficult in the sense that something that is prerceived to be so natural didnt come all that naturally. I could only get Liv to latch onto my left side. And because I had so much toruble with the latch, my supply dropped down to next to nothing, so we supplemented the first month. Im talking 90% formula, 10% breastmilk. I started pumping religiously, even if I was only getting drops, taking supplements, etc, and got her to be EBF by the time she was about 1.5 months old. Since then, its been a breeze. The 6 week mark was a rough patch, but it got easier.