Breastfeeding – Gums

Gums

Jaws…not as scary as Gums!

I was told the same as everyone else that breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt. And while that’s true, it’s really more a half truth. It’s not supposed to hurt forever.  For a good month (at least) there’s a toughening period that everyone seemed to forget to mention.

To make light of uncomfortable situation one evening, after a diaper change, Hubby swam K-bear towards me mid-air humming…..the Jaws theme.

“Duunnn dunnn… duuuunnnn duun… duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn!!

Needless to say it took a moment to compose myself enough to actually feed her.

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All kidding aside, I can’t thank my Lactation Consultant (LC) enough for helping me. If you don’t have one and are breastfeeding/want to breastfeed, find one ASAP.

It was the wee hours of the morning when I was hysterically crying because it hurt SO much to simply feed my baby. Hubby was ready with infant formula as I was that distraught. The very next day we had a found and made an LC appointment. She helped me realize I was latching K-bear completely wrong, I wasn’t using proper support.

After a late night Amazon prime order for a My Brest Friend, it was like night and day!

Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, and most days it’s downright difficult. Trying to step out for even a few hours means I must have pumped a supply of milk for Hubby to utilize. Which means I have to find time to pump all while watching a baby that could rouse at any moment and want num-nums.

To those that do breastfeed, kudos, to those that don’t breastfeed, kudos.

No mother should EVER be shamed for how she chooses to feed her child.