I am a mother of 4, my youngest just weaned on her third birthday a few months ago. I am fortunate to have breastfed all four for more than a year each. I worked full time as a nurse, and pumped like mad at work so my hubby could give the babies my "sweet nectar of life." And I'm so glad I did. Should I need one of their kidneys someday, I can remind them how I gave of myself, from my own body, so it's only fair that they return the favor. (Bonus of having lots of kids--multiple spare kidneys!) I'm going to share a few things about breastfeeding that no one told me- I hope you enjoy!
- When baby pulls off the breast while nursing (because she got distracted or whatever) your milk can squirt out several feet, like a spray bottle. Completely took me by surprise when it first happened.
- Milk can let down and pour out like crazy while you're having sex. Seriously. SO SEXY
- I'm convinced that having mastitis could be more torturous than . If we could only induce it in terrorists, we'd totally have Bin Laden in custody.
- Peculiar compliments from my midwife and lactation chick like, "You have great nipples!" Just kind of odd, really.
- Nurses as a whole are curiously uneducated about breastfeeding, as evidenced by questions like "Do you feel really weak after you pump?"
- When getting my newborns to latch on, I basically had to smoosh the baby against the breast (sort of quick and forcefully), causing my husband to ask if I was trying to smother them.
So in addition to all the advantages research studies uncover about breasfeeding, you may have a few funny/odd anecdotes to share in the future! Happy breastfeeding, all!