Breastfeeding is considered to be the ‘holy grail’ of raising a child. It is one of the most important things that a mother can do for her baby. In fact, baby milk bottles, although required, will not be as mandatory as having your newborn latch on to your chest to feed off of your breasts.
I know how hard breastfeeding is because I am a mother of four. In fact, I’ve breastfed all of my babies in the huge part of the last decade and although it is hard, it is actually one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent. That being said, I am writing this article to somehow provide guidance to new mothers, especially those that are going to take care of their first-ever baby.
It Can Be Painful
I know a lot of first-time mothers that were led to believe that breastfeeding is not painful. If someone says that, please do me a favor and slap them. Breastfeeding, believe it or not, is actually quite painful. So painful, in fact, that I’ve had to live for days with bleeding or cracked nipples. I often breastfeed my babies crying because of the pain, but I guess that is just part of being a mother.
If that wasn’t worse enough, the first six weeks is going to be hurtful as hell, simply because our Uterus will still contract during that period and breastfeeding only adds to the hurtful equation.
There are some mothers that might even get mastitis, which means that your breasts will experience some ‘firey’ pain. Still, I want you to become strong, especially during the first few months after your baby is born.
It’s Gonna Take Some Time
A lot of mothers can make breastfeeding as their opportunity to increase their bonds with their newborns. That is because whenever there is skin-to-skin contact, it helps release a hormone called oxytocin that can help them feel safe, loved, and secure. This also happens to be one of the best times to be with their babies as there can be times where the mother is unable to provide a lot of time for their newborns.
For instance, your baby might require medical attention shortly after being born which is why they might need to be placed in the NICU. There are also some instances where the baby is born premature, which means that they may need to be placed inside an incubator to become mature enough to live on their own in this world. So basically, breastfeeding, albeit can potentially be hurtful, is one of the best times for you to be with your baby.
You Could Feel Tons of Different Feelings
First-time mothers may experience a sudden rush of different feelings and emotions, especially when they have to breastfeed their babies.
Your emotions may range from joy to sadness and even nursing rage (yes, that is actually a thing). You have to remember that all of these things are normal and you have to do your best to contain your emotions so as to not inflict pain or harm to your newborn.