Saturday, February 8, 2014
Breastfeeding can be foreign
Hi nursing mommas & moms to be! Looking back I can remember a time when everything "breastfeeding" was foreign. I read everything under the sun about nursing but nothing would really prepare me for all that comes along with breastfeeding. There are so many emotional changes that you go through just from giving birth. If this is your first baby then the experience of being in a hospital might be traumatizing all within itself. Maybe your birth plan didn't work out like you planned and you ended up having an emergency c-section. Then they hand you the baby and say "feed him, or else" ...you poor thing! All of the unexpected can be scary. Don't fret, all that you're feeling or all that you felt is normal and you can overcome it. The main point is that you CAN breastfeed your baby, with little or no support. Hopefully you're surrounded by your mother who breastfed you, or your sis who nursed her little one, but that isn't reality for most people. Most ladies are depending on their health care providers to help and let me just be honest.......you will be lucky to find a nurse or lactation consultant that will take the time to support you. If you do find one, make her your best friend while you're in the hospital. You are responsible for the health and well being of your tiny, innocent, baby. Empower yourself momma! Read everything you can, supplement with formula temporarily if you have to, give the baby a bottle if you need to, don't for one second feel guilty. Breastfeeding isn't black and white, although many websites and information out there makes it so. Take it from me, although I'm no expert (what does qualify someone to be a breastfeeding expert) YOU CAN DO IT, even if you think you can't!