To breast feed or not to breast feed? There is no question.
I am just going to come out and say it, “I have the worst nipple.” My one nipple is flat-ish, meaning that it doesn’t protrude that much from the areola making it very hard for baby to latch. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to effectively feed. Thankfully, my Lamaze instructor was very opinionated and told me it was not an excuse and completely possible to naturally feed and she was right. I am not going to lie, it hurt for a little bit but as the baby suckles more and more on the nipple, it will protrude more and more and hurt less. I used a breast shell (guard) for the first couple weeks to help Charlotte latch. She ended up chugging and choking on the heavy flow of milk so I had to go ‘al natural’.
Back to the Beginning
So for all you mommies-to-be out there, there is this stuff called colostrum that you get before your milk comes in. It is yellow, like big bird yellow, and it kinda freaks you out when you first have it leaking from your nipples. Have no fear the baby superfood is here! Colostrum helps to kickstart your baby’s digestive system (first poop!) has awesome nutritive qualities and helps build their immune system.
Fast forward a few days after birth. You go to sleep a respectful C cup and wake up with “va-va-voom!” a D cup! Instant boob job. I was so excited when my milk came in, my boobs looked great. They still look great but you soon learn that big boob job looking boobs means you are engorged and you are minutes from leaking all over the place. *See about breast pads below.
Breast feeding gets better as time goes on. At first, you are feeding a newborn every 1 – 2 hours. Its frustrating to say the least. As the weeks go on it becomes more natural for you and you feed less frequently. Week one I was feeding every hour, Week two – two hours, Week three – three hours, Week four – four hours and now at six weeks, we feed every four to six. The best night we have had yet has been 6 hrs 45 minutes. Every baby is different, so I would love some other mommies to share their experiences in the comment box below.
I was hesitant to write what I am about to write next because there are so many opinions and views on the subject. Drinking. At first, due to the lack of research on my part, I did not drink at all while breast feeding. But, for those of you that know me I am a beer snob. So what I have resorted to doing is one beer a night and wait four hours until I either pump or feed. I have the beer with food and metabolize it in the fours hours I wait between feeding/pumping. If for some reason I have more than one beer, I wait a longer period of time or I just dump the milk after pumping. There is very little research in this area, so I went with my gut.
There are so many benefits for breast feeding a baby and it’s FREE! So I encourage every mother to at least try it.
I am not an expert but here are a few websites that I found useful:
Check out Kristy Kemp’s blog on breast feeding. I found it very informative and useful.
Also, because I love their *breast pads better than any brand, check out Lansinoh’s 11 Benefits of Breastfeeding. Their pads are the most absorbent and stay put the best because of their two stickies.
Lastly, WhatToExpect had a great article on flat nipples: