Two months ago, my boobs had a lot of questions. Now I’ve finally got some answers. So let’s take a gander at what I was so worried about…
When will I be able to sleep without a bra again?
No idea. But not yet. Mostly because of this:
Will I eventually be able to go without nursing pads?
Ha ha ha ha, no. At least for me, each letdown still makes a pretty significant amount of milk and as I have one baby and two boobs, there’s always one side that needs protection. I went one night without nursing pads and had to go back to sleep with a soaked shirt.
How come they bother making cloth nursing pads when they don’t work? (Am I buying the wrong ones? Am I just a super lactation machine?)
I have a nursing pad review coming up to cover this exact issue. The short answer: most of them don’t work very well for me. The ones that work well aren’t flattering. It sucks.
This is why disposable pads exist.
If my nursing bra is sticking out all the time, why don’t they make it in cute colors and patterns so people will just think it’s a cute tank top?
Apparently my preferred bra now does come in hot pink. I really need to get one.
I tried on a lot of nursing tanks when I was around 6 weeks postpartum and hated all of them. But now that I’m a bit further out they’re much better. The shelf bras are still not awesome, but they are wearable.
Will it always hurt when I take a shower? Man, those things turn into rocks the minute I step under the water. And let’s not even discuss when I dry myself off.
This is one really wonderful change. My boobs are back to normal when I shower. I do prefer to shower not long after feeding the baby, but it’s much more comfortable.
When will I get to reclaim my boobs as a part of my sexuality? They look awesome, so I’d really like it to be soon…
Since I’ve moved out of the rock-hard phase and the ow-my-nipples-hurt phase, my boobs feel much more my own again. And I am enjoying their awesomeness. Yay cleavage!
Is it just me or do they always smell vaguely of milky sweat?
Another welcome change. This can happen if I forget to change my nursing pads for a while, but otherwise my boobs are no longer weirdly smelly.
Long story short, there’s a BIG difference between breastfeeding the first two months and breastfeeding afterwards, at least for me.
I no longer need nursing pillows or supports. I no longer have to spend 15+ minutes on each feeding. I don’t have to worry about positioning the baby just so. I was so happy when I no longer had to hold Tesser’s head to get her positioned. Now she can do a decent amount of the work herself once I get her in the right hold.
I’m learning that it goes in phases. We already had a period where Tessa latched badly and seemed more interested in chewing than sucking. It ended. We’re now masters of nursing in bed at night. And as she’s getting more aware and interested in the world, using my nursing cover is now an adventure as curious baby hands and feet are grabbing it and hurling it in various directions.
Now I get smiles while I nurse and it’s sweet. I have fed her on the train, in the car, and pretty much everywhere else. I’ve pumped with my double pump. I’ve added a hand-pump to my collection, which is super easy to stash in my purse.
So all in all I’m feeling pretty confident for now and for the future. But you can expect me to be back when she starts getting teeth…
See posts on breastfeeding and more in my New Moms Series.
And now a giveaway! This is my Get Ready for Breastfeeding pack, assembled of the various stuff I’ve collected that didn’t get used or opened. All of it is brand spanking new. Includes:
- Lansinoh Lanolin (40g)
- 2 Medela nipple shields (sizes S and M)
- 1 Medela quick clean micro-steam bag
- 1 sample pack of Medela disposable nursing pads
- 1 sample pack of Medela quick clean wipes
- 1 sample pouch of Medela tender care lanolin
- 1 package of Medela colostrum collection and storage containers
- 1 sample bottle of Johnson’s head to toe baby wash
- 1 package of the infamous Mesh Underwear
I hope to make someone’s early days of breastfeeding a little bit easier and I know a ton of people have had babies lately. It would also be great for someone who’s currently pregnant. The lanolin alone is worth a decent amount of cash and those micro-steam bags are the best.
Congrats to Kat, our winner!! Best of luck to your friend on her upcoming baby!
To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you’ve learned about breastfeeding or what you hope to learn.