So here’s some tea,
Do not for a second think breastfeeding is easy nor a something that comes naturally with motherhood. It is bloody, messy and hard! When I found out I was pregnant, I knew for a fact I was going to breastfeed. I didn’t think that it might not be that easy as just whipping out my boob and the nectar of motherhood would come flowing out … yeah that sounds gross but that’s what I thought. I dealt with cracked bloody nips, engorged breast and even a milk blisters. Milk was flying everywhere, a bit dramatic but seriously it was.
I was depleted but a friend of mine told me to stick it out, it will get better. I don’t know how I did it but I stuck it out. 10 months in and it’s a walk in the park now. I would of kicked myself if I gave up that easily. Don’t get me wrong, I have days with low supply but thank goodness for fenugreek and mothers milk tea! works like a charm.
It takes a lot though, If I didn’t eat enough during the day breastfeeding would feel like she was sucking the life out of me. Seriously I could actually feel my energy draining accompanied by my constantly growling stomach. Not to mention the munchies, I was hungry all the time thankfully breastfeeding helps you burn off some calories. Approximately 300-500 calories a day not bad for having a chilling with your boob out. Breastfeeding is a hard business that not everyone can do but if you can treasure it. There is no better feeling than staring down at your sweaty baby while they’re latched onto you.
If you ever experience …
• Hot compress while massaging before feeding
• Cold compress after feeding reduce swelling
(It may feel painful but massage those babies out!)
Cracked and bloody nipples
• Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream
• Relaxation and no stress!
• Contact a lactation consultant before trying anything. It will lessen the chances of infection.
• Apply heat, epsom salt soak, rub blister with a wet cloth and try gently picking at the blister.
Breast of luck !