Pain, Blood and Crying...aka Breastfeeding a Newborn

When I was sitting in breastfeeding class before giving birth to my daughter, I never once thought that she wouldn’t latch. I'm not sure why, but I just had confidence it would work because my mom had nursed me and my sisters.

But unfortunately, trouble latching is a reality for many moms. Some women experience too much pain to breastfeed. Some babies just don’t get the hang of it. When the latter happens, it’s amazing what moms will do to ensure their infant is getting the best nutrition available. I know a woman who pumped eight times a day every day for six months so that her daughter would have breast milk. That is dedication and determination. Even if baby latches, breastfeeding isn’t easy. We try to make it more simple with our nursing tops and pumping shirts, but let’s face it, it hurts. I had a lot of pain on one side. I would look so forward to when my daughter wouldn’t be eating on the left. After three weeks of that, the discomfort finally subsided and I was able to enjoy nursing. That pain even came back at times.

Still, I pushed through to ensure that baby would have what she needed. I am proud to say I breastfed her until she was 15 months. I never understood why my mom spoke so fondly of nursing until I did it myself.

I remember the last time I breastfed my daughter. I knew it would be our final time so I made sure to capture the moment in my memory. I will always cherish the time I spent nursing her and I feel so lucky to have had the experience.

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