Friday, 09 November 2012
So I have been breastfeeding for just under 2 weeks. Baby seems to have picked up his appetite. Either that or I am recognizing his signs of hunger better. During the day it seems that he wants to eat every hour. My primary job in life right now is to lactate and change diapers. And lactate and diaper change I do. The nipple soreness is going down day by day. It hurts most when my boobs are full when baby latches on. But as the day goes on and my boobs are less full, it doesn't hurt so much when he latches on. And it doesn't hurt as he is eating. There is the 3 seconds of "Holy crap I WANNA THROW THE BABY OFF MY BOOB!" Then it is like "Oh, I guess I'm breastfeeding." I think that as time continues on, I may do some pumping to feed him. But I think it is best to wait a few more weeks first just so baby doesn't get the dreaded nipple confusion that I have heard so much about. Actually I don't know too much on that subject. But it does seem like a lot of trouble.
Baby seems to like to eat a lot. Sometimes I wonder if he stays on boob longer than he needs, because he tends to fall asleep near the end of the feeding. And he only wakes up if I start to move my boob out his mouth. Then he wants to suck more for about a minute. Then he falls asleep again. I wonder if he is sucking simply because he likes to be close to me. I don't mind so much as long as he doesn't make himself sick by eating too much. I wonder if that is possible.
The annoying thing is though, that I can't seem to breastfeed and do anything else at the same time. It takes a lot to hold baby up at boob. And if I move sometimes it pulls uncomfortably. I get impatient. And I would watch something on the computer, except that when I am sitting back, everything on the screen is too small for me to see it. So browsing the internet or watching something while breastfeeding is still a dream.
Any helpful words of advice or encouragement for our new Mama?