Breastfeeding is likely one of the most challenging, yet rewarding parts of early motherhood. It can be a beautiful exchange between mom and new baby, or it can be a train wreck, leaving both mom and baby crying tears of frustration!
As with most things in motherhood, there are many things about breastfeeding you learn along the way. We wanted to do any new breastfeeding mom a major solid and shed light on some of these “lessons” learned from moms who have been there in the trenches.
You Will Become A Breast Milk Fire Hose
Yes, milk will protrude from your breast like torpedoes, spraying anything and everything in its wake. Okay, that might be a bit exaggerated, but in some cases not far off. Be prepared to spray!
You Will Cry Over Spilt Milk
Whoever said, “Don’t cry over spilt milk,” never knocked an entire 3 ounces of coveted breast milk all over the floor. You will cry, maybe even curse, over wasting hard earned golden nectar and it’s OK. We get it!
You Will Feel Like A Camel
Water. You will consume, crave and never get enough of the clear stuff. H2O is your new best friend and might as well be on IV drip at the rate you will be drinking it!
You Will Still Be Eating Enough For Two... Or Three
Breastfeeding makes you RAVENOUS. Just because the baby is no longer in your belly, you will still be consuming food as if you were feeding two! So if you find yourself constantly dreaming about food, when not eating it, that’s perfectly normal!
You Will Gain Three New Best Friends
Meet your new besties: Lanolin, Breast Pads and Nipple Shields. Just take our word for it and make sure you stock up on these breastfeeding must-haves
You Will Feel Somewhat Like A Cow
Moms who have been strapped to a breast pump will tell you, it’s eerily similar to what a cow must feel during the milking process. And, if you have an older child at home, they might even tell you, you look like a cow while on the “milking machine”. Kids say the darnedest things!