There’s no doubt about it, breastfeeding is fantastic for your baby and for you too. If you are about to start out on your breastfeeding journey there are some things that you may not be prepared for because these are not things that many people talk about.
So here are some things that you have probably not been told about breastfeeding:
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Things No-One Tells You About Breastfeeding
When Baby Cries Your Boobs Will Leak
In fact it may not just be a little leak, your boobs may even start spraying milk. This is the strangest thing about breastfeeding, your boobs react to your baby.
And it doesn’t even need to be your baby, any baby will do for this.
So be prepared for this and make sure you always wear breast pads to prevent any embarrassing situations, especially when you are out and about.
I highly recommend that you invest in some reusable breast pads – it is more eco-friendly and it will be easier on your pocket in the long run.
Your Boobs May Leak/ Spray During Sex
Yes I know, its crazy but prepare yourself and perhaps let your hubby know before he gets the fright of his life. This can happen when your breasts are rubbed, touched or sucked on. It could also happen when you orgasm.
Sex may land up with both of you covered in milk. So if that bothers you keep a bra on with some breast pads to keep it clean and tidy.
Keep On Breastfeeding If You Are Sick
When you get sick your body will automatically make antibodies in your breast milk to protect your baby, so by feeding your baby during an illness you are actually making your baby’s immune system stronger.
Only stop breastfeeding your child if you have to take antibiotics – speak to your doctor if you are taking any medication for an illness while breastfeeding to see if you can continue nursing.
Be Prepared For Growth Spurts
Your baby will go through many growth spurts and for a new mom it can be quite disconcerting. Your baby will wake up constantly and cry for milk. It will feel like your baby is feeding all day and night.
Many new moms, including myself, think that their baby is not getting enough milk and is hungry which is why they keep nursing all the time. In fact what is happening is that your baby is going through a growth spurt and your baby’s milk consumption needs are increasing. The more your baby nurses the more milk your body will produce.
So everything is actually working according to plan. All you need to do is let your baby suckle as much as possible for the next few days and soon you will have more than enough milk for your baby’s growing needs.
Be Prepared For Many Hands On Your Boobs
After you have given birth you will have plenty of people pulling and prodding at your boobs trying to help you get your baby to latch. This took me completely off balance in the beginning with my first baby. I was not expecting the nurse to walk in right after I had given birth and pinch my nipple while holding my baby’s head to my boob.
With my second baby I was better educated and when I saw a nurse making a beeline for my nipple I quickly made it very clear I’m a second time breastfeeding mom… I know what to do thank you!