Friday, 4 December 2009

part 1 - breast is best?

during my pregnancy i was adamant that i was going to feed my child naturally, after all aren't we constantly being told 'breast is best.'

now the reason i am writing this is because i would like to put a stop to the myth that breastfeeding only hurts if your not doing it right! WRONG! it hurts like hell! it took a week and a half before feeding my baby did not have me gasping in pain and bringing tears to my eyes. right from the beginning imogen latched on properly and she had no trouble suckling. i guess you could say i was lucky as i am fully aware that some mothers and babies have trouble at first. though i must still say ouch! ouch! ouch!

take it from your nipples point of view. one minute they are pertly bobbing up and down in pretty multi coloured lace, winking at the handsome boys. the next they are twice their normal size and being pulled about like a rope in a tug of war! now unless the owners of these said nips have previously been involved in some naughtiness of the kinky kind, then this kind of continued bombardment is going to take a bit of getting used to.

so a quick message to all you new mothers out there, persevere if you can. DON'T be scared to ask for help and advice. DO double check with your midwife as there could be a chance your baby hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. and also be assured, your nipples will eventually stop imitating the glowing pulsating red bulb of a traffic light and calm down to relative normality! well apart from the fact that you will have a mini human being hanging off them for a decent portion of the day! hehehehe x

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