Are you a nursing mama? How is it going? This week I wanted to write about my journey and breast feeding baby Addy. It can be challenging at times and I like to be real about it and let mamas know what to expect if they are planning on nursing. It is, by far, the best decision I’ve ever made with my children and I wouldn’t give up the bond for anything.
That being said, I told Courtney from Joy of Momma Joyner that I would like to discuss our journeys this week primarily because I am having a few challenges this week. It’s nothing I can’t deal with or anything that is going to make me give up nursing but I wanted to write about it to “get it out” and to share with other mamas.
Problem number one? Sore nipples. Yes, my nipples HURT. Six months into this journey with my gorgeous daughter, she has become a very curious little girl and turns her head at the slightest noise. That’s great, right? Well, it would be a BIT better for this mama IF she would un-latch prior to looking away. She pulls my nipples as she’s looking away often. After a few weeks of this I have become rather sore. It hurts when she latches on and when she pulls away. I know it’s temperary and I know she’ll stop but in the meantime….ouch.
Problem number two? She for some reason likes to squeeze the heck out of my left boob when nursing on that side. The second part of this problem? It’s extremely hard to get her to allow me to cut her nails….so yea, I have claw marks. And they hurt. This is also the same side that she like to stay latched onto when looking away – the most. Ouch.
Problem number three? I was just off of work for four days. I went back today and pumped again and I pumped barely three ounces my first break. I normally pump 5 ounces. My second break? I pumped just over three…I normally pump 4.5. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know why I pumped less my first day back. I know that I haven’t been eating as many of my lactation cookies over the past four days…maybe that’s why. I hope that’s the only reason. I hope tomorrow is a better pumping day.
So, yes, I am having some frustrating moments in our nursing journey. Thankfully, I’ve been through this two other times and I know with everything in me that this will pass. The pain is temporary and I know that I can make it pumping and nursing for a full year! I know it. With all of this being said, I am still glad that I decided to nurse baby Addy and I will continue doing so…it’s really wonderful even with all of this that’s going on!
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