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The Thing About Breastfeeding.

February 24, 2014

I don’t care how you feed your babies. Nursing? Bottle feeding? As long as you feed them, I have no opinions.  And I’m not going to get all preachy-preachy on breastfeeding even though I did it with all my kids. For me, breastfeeding worked so I went with it. It has it’s natural perks besides the obvious, you know, like big boobs, it’s free, and no bottles to clean. But breastfeeding is a commitment. It takes practice, dedication, determination, and patience (among all the sacrifices). There is sort of a natural progression:

Phase 1: Hell Week (or month)

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It hurts. Your boobs are so big you can’t even put your arms at your side. You get frustrated. You question if your baby is getting enough milk. You are anxious. It hurts. You want to cry. Your baby won’t stop crying. Your boobs can spray objects 2 feet away…. and you want to laugh, but you just cry. You are so close to giving up because it is not as natural as they say it is. But you keep.on.going. because in a few painfully long weeks….

Phase 2: Bessie’s in Action:

You get it. It’s working. You might even get a little cocky about breastfeeding and start trying out new positions. Nursing and walking? Check. Nursing and grocery shopping? Check. Nursing and making dinner? Check? Nursing and riding backwards on a motorcycle? Yeah I don’t recommend that, but could probably do it.  You and your baby are machines working perfectly in tandem. He wants more? You make more. He needs less. You respond. Amazing stuff. Don’t feel like going to the gym? Nurse a little extra for that calorie burn.

Phase 3: The Wind Down.

Your supply starts decreasing. Your baby is eating solids and you start nursing less. Or maybe you go back to work and start supplementing with formula. Or maybe you are nursing your baby with two other monkeys crawling on your head and you question why the heck you are putting yourself through this. Each time you nurse your baby you wonder if it will be your last breastfeeding session? You do that for about a week stretching it one more day until finally you are officially dried up or just done.

Then for about 3 hours you enter Phase 4: Liberation:

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For a few hours it is truly awesome. Until….

Phase 5: Nostalgia:

After your crazy I-can-eat/drink/wear-whatever-I want-binge….you look at your sweet baby (and/or get your period) and think, “Yeah. I’d rather be breastfeeding.”

I just stopped breastfeeding. And I’m kinda sad about it.

Phase 6: Crazy Talk

You get pregnant so you can do it all over again. (Just kidding, mom, seriously just kidding).

 

  • Natalie
    February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Haha! hilarious! man! I just miss having some boobs!! can’t say I miss nursing at all!

  • Pam Bogdanoff
    February 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    This made me laugh and cry! Perfectly written 🙂 I am currently starting to consider weaning and am experiencing anticipatory grief.

    • Sisters to Sons
      February 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Pam! It’s good you are preparing yourself.. I hope LW makes it easy for you!

  • Krystal Bernier
    February 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Is that what I’m in for? lol.

    • Sisters to Sons
      February 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Apparently so!… but you will be so tired the first few months you won’t even remember it 🙂

  • Heather
    February 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Love this. I am unexpectedly in Phase #3 because I need to start taking a different med for postpartum bp issues. (Though I feel a lot more like #1 today!!!)

  • Natalie
    February 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Love this! This is so dead on. I’m six weeks into breastfeeding my second.

  • Sarah
    February 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Haha! I love this!! I had to stop suddenly with both kids for different health reasons so I totally remember Phase 5 most often but I also touch on phase 6 till my husband bugs out!!

    • Sisters to Sons
      February 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Yeah why is it that the husband always puts the squash on phase 6???

  • Jessica @EatSleepBe
    February 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Love the graphics!!

  • Allie Richardson
    February 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    LOL, love the pics! So so true! 🙂

  • Nicole Kobilka
    February 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I’m in a combination of 2 and 3 because I was going for baby led weaning and he’s not leading me to it…19 months and counting. I unexpectedly went through all this within just 4 months with my oldest and actually didn’t miss it. It was HARD. Now I’m sad thinking about stopping with the youngest.

    Hilarious post, right on!

    • Sisters to Sons
      February 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      That’s so great you have been able to nurse that long though!!Sometimes I look at my baby drinking out of a bottle and it seems so foreign, but onto the next phase, I guess! Good luck!!

  • Nicole @ Just Live It
    March 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Love this!! I’m saving this post for someday when I’m pregnant… and then breast-feeing. I hope it encourages me to hold on until Phase 2!!! 🙂

  • Mamapotamus
    March 2, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I loved this! I am 28 weeks with my second and wondering how I made it for the short 6 months that I nursed my first. I tried reading this to my husband, but he didn’t get it.

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you!! I know what is up with the husbands on this post? I always ask mine to proofread for me and he didn’t get it either…. whatever! Good luck with your pregnancy!

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