Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Down Side of Nursing

  • Your boobs explode to an incredibly enormous size. 
  • You can't find a comfortable bra that doesn't give you a uni-boob.
  • Your bras now cost a whopping $60 a pop!
  • Your boobs suddenly tingle whenever you hear a baby, whether it is yours or not.
  • You can't abide hugs.
  • Your boobs drip when you put lotion on your legs after your shower.
  • You have to wear a bra to bed.
  • You have to wear a bra AT. ALL. TIMES.
  • Your boobs are twice the size of your rapidly growing baby's head.
  • Your can't wear normal shirts without thinking about how you're going to be able to "whip it out."
  • Your butt is numb 75% of the day due to sitting on it ALL. THE. TIME.
  • You watch far too much television.
  • You have a babe attached to you 20 hours a day.
  • You don't want anyone, especially your husband, touching them or even thinking about them.
  • You are the only one who can feed the baby every 1-3 hours, day and night.
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I'm discovering, much to my shock, that while nursing is working for us, I really don't like doing it for all the reasons stated above and more.  I know it's the best thing for our family, but it doesn't change the fact that I really don't like it.

I'm sorry nursing nazis.  I know you all think that there is this incredible bond that occurs while you nurse and that it supposedly can't happen if you bottle-feed, but I can honestly say I feel no more bonded to my son for nursing him than I did with my bottle-fed daughter.  

I'm not going to stop.  It really is what I want to do.  I just have to get my body accustomed to it.  (I HATE these ginormous boobs!!!  That's the WORST part for me!  Hate 'em.  Hate 'em.  Hate 'em.)  

I'm also hoping that in a few weeks I will be more used to this change in my daily routine.  I'm a sucker for routine and order.  I have a routine to my days that works so well.  Nursing throws routine and order out the window.  At least it has so far.  I'm sure we'll get it all figured out, but until then, I just keep telling myself, "It's the best thing...It's the best thing...It's the best thing..."

3 comments:

  1. I knew that nursing is better for the baby, so I tried it with Caleb. It was so unenjoyable. Everything I read said this is a great time to connect with your baby, enjoy having your baby close, etc. It was not anything like they said; it was so frustrating. I figured that my baby would be better off with a happy mommy who wanted to spend this special time together. So after a few weeks I switched to formula. I was a good choice for me. I know a lot of people that say it gets better after the 4-6 weeks, so I'm sure that if you hang in there your baby will get the healthy benefits you want and your schedule will become more predictable. Good luck.

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  2. WELL.... my first one lasted two weeks....second one I pumped 50 bottles...had brain surgery and couldn't because of my medicines....and the third one I wanted to be so successful and was so successful that she nursed and wouldn't take a bottle or pacifier EVER but with that one I lost all my pregnancy weight from all three pregnancies and got down to less than I was before I got pregnant...and then the 4th one lasted 5 months and I'm still 15 lbs heavier than i want to be...so for the weight I think it helps....it really gets easier after the first two months but it does take that long to get your body adjusted...(stick it out for two months) your body will adjust and so will your ginormous BOOBS! :)

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  3. It gets better over time, I swear! I hated HATED nursing my first baby but I was determined to stick it out to 3 months. That turned into 6, then 12 and she finally quit at 19 1/2 months. Baby #2 was a breeze because of the abuse already given the to the nips from #1. She's still nursing at 22 months! There are still days that I loathe nursing, but overall I truly believe it is an amazing gift for the girls as well as me.

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