The Truth About Breastfeeding A Newborn
by Ryann Donahoe
You slowly roll out of bed, make your way to the bathroom (very hastily) and sigh with relief. You stretch your maternity tank over your belly and think to yourself, “There’s no way I can go another four weeks.” You grab the dog leash, hook it to the collar and head out of the door to the park. While you’re there you see a mom. She’s walking behind her toddler, baby-wearing an infant and breastfeeding. You would never have a clue that she was nursing in the carrier. How does she do it so discreetly? Later that night you go out to what might be the very last dinner for two. You look over and see a mom. She’s sitting in a booth, nursing a baby without a cover. You think to yourself again, “How in the world is she being so discreet?
Breastfeeding will be so easy. I can do it anywhere and ever have to worry about packing bottles, pumping or formula.” Let’s start off by me saying this. I breastfed all of my babies. It was the best experience in the world. I was actually sad when those journeys ended. I just wish someone would have told me but no one did. Why did no one ever tell me about the horrific cracked nipples, mastitis, and crazy hormones. Why did no one tell you about those sleepless nights where you’ll roll over and want to kick your husband because clearly he’s no help in this department!
Do you wanna know what people did tell me though? They told me about the bonding I would have with my child. They told me about the fact that I could get away from company if I felt like I needed to. “Sorry guys, looks like the baby is hungry!” I’m here to tell you the truth. Yes those first few weeks are hard. Even the most experienced breastfeeding mamas think about giving up. Whether you make the decision to breastfeed or formula feed just know that you are a good mama.
We are all just trying to figure this thing out together- one diaper change at a time!
Ryann Donahoe is an excellent example of today’s modern mom. As a wife and mother of four she shares all of her experience on balancing mom life while trying to stay on top of the latest trends. With just a brief look at her blog, Balancing In High Heels, you’ll quickly see she shares her thoughts on motherhood, health, fashion and much more. Ryann has always found joy in being a mother, and she blended this with her passion for writing to delight her audience with stories of love, fear and the many challenges that encompass parenthood. Her goal is to share advice that helps all families achieve their best potentials.
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