I knew that I was going to breastfeed my baby. Check that. I planned on breastfeeding my baby. Of course, I also planned on an all natural birth without interventions and ended up having a C-section after over a full day of labor. Plans! Isn’t there a saying about plans?
I had friends that breast fed, but I had no idea what I was starting. In hindsight my best advice was from a friend who said she struggled with breastfeeding for 3 weeks. She said she was determined not to give up. I still haven’t given up, but I do have some thoughts.
- It is unfair that childbirth is so grueling and then is immediately followed by breastfeeding. If you have the honor of completing either, they are two of the most challenging activities of your entire life. Childbirth is no walk in the park, but it’s relatively short when you consider your breastfeeding journey. I’m 8 months in and I’ve been tracking my stats. I started out the first month at nearly 90 hours of breastfeeding. That’s every two hours or so for the last 8 months. Let that sink in. The kiddo won’t wait longer than that unless it’s night time. The kiddo is also in the 99% percentile for height and weight. I suspect this has something to do with it. I’ve been in beast mode since August.
- Breastfeeding moms don’t care what you think. This includes, but is not limited to: your opinion on breastfeeding, if you think my kiddo is too big or that I shouldn’t be feeding him in public or whatever, then just keep it to yourself. I do not need your approval and I couldn’t care less if you support me. I’m doing it anyway.
- Random nutritional fun facts. I get hungry. I need snacks. I don’t care what time it is or if my snack is cheese slices from the back of the fridge. I have also been known to eat that nasty Betty Crocker frosting in a tub when I want something sweet (just a few spoon fulls). I’m really trying to eat healthy, but I get hungry. Rumor has it breastfeeding burns roughly 500 calories a day. Did I mention that I run as well? I’m training for a 10k. Some days, when I run, I’m guessing I need to take in an extra 1,000 calories a day.
- Tucking in my shirt. Please!