This week is National Breastfeeding Week, and my social media feeds have been full of articles and posts about breastfeeding. They all mimic what I had seen and read before my own breastfeeding experience, which is why I think it is important to share my own story...it's not like all of the posts out there! It's what I wish I had heard about nursing prior to having my first baby. Listen up, moms-to-be, this is for you!
I researched as much as I could to be as knowledgable as possible without having any hands-on/breasts-on experience (ha!). Even so, I couldn't escape negative comments from others.
Well, when the time came and I had my beautiful baby to feed, guess what? I did it just fine. No issues, no unbearable pain, nada. Sure, it took some getting used to, but I absolutely had no problem breastfeeding, and continue to do so successfully, over a year later. I also surprised myself with how I could care less about breastfeeding in public and how much I actually enjoy nursing my little one. Now, I am in no rush to wean Henley, which is a long way off from where i thought I'd be.
So...what do I wish I had heard about breastfeeding prior to having my first baby? Positive stories like mine! Yes, I completely understand that there are many challenges that one can have and can overcome when it comes to breastfeeding, however, it is possible to have a great experience with it! This is written only with the intent to encourage moms-to-be that breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, and not to discount those whose experience has been less than so.