• Silver Linings While Breastfeeding

    Posted on May 9, 2018 by Megan Mignot in breastfeeding, breastfeeding support.

    Sometimes breastfeeding is portrayed as a peaceful and beautiful event. You picture a women, clothed in white, nursing her child with a serene look on her face. Other times, it’s portrayed as a difficult struggle, with pain and heartache. In most cases, it’s a combination of both: a struggle at some points, but completely worth it in the end. There’s an image from La Leche League that we have shared on our Facebook page a few times that simply states, “Don’t Quit on Your Worst Day”. There’s so much truth to that. This month, we thought we would take a moment to rethink some of the common breastfeeding scenarios you might find yourself in.Here are a few situations most women can relate to and the reward that makes all the stress worth it.

    The “Stress”
    Your mischievous 8 month old decides to use your nipple as a teether

    What Gets You Through It
    Knowing that breastfeeding could potentially reduce dental and orthodontia costs down the line

    The “Stress”
    Giving up cheese, yogurt, ice cream…all the joys of dairy due to an allergy

    What Gets You Through It
    Knowing that breastfeeding reduces the risk of allergies

    The “Stress”
    Getting a crick in the neck from falling asleep in the rocker while nursing…again

    What Gets You Through It
    Being able to get some sleep while feeding your baby

    The “Stress”
    Pulling all-nighters with your newborn who just wants to stare at you all night

    What Gets You Through It
    Knowing you’ll wish for those quiet moments when you’re dealing with a teenager

    The “Stress”
    Pumping 1-4 times a day every day while at work

    What Gets You Through It
    Having 1-2 quiet breaks throughout a busy workday to think about your little one

    The “Stress”
    Experiencing the resulting engorgement when your little one sleeps through the night for the first time

    What Gets You Through It
    The hope that there is a repeat.
    And the comfort of not having to worry about low supply.

    The “Stress”
    The feeling of rejection when your little one decides to go through  a nursing strike

    What Gets You Through It
    Knowing that breastfeeding has created a bond between you and your baby that can’t ever be replaced.

    The “Stress”
    Cluster feeding: Your little one wants to nurse every ½ hour every night between 6-9pm

    What Gets You Through It
    Your little one is filling up on your rich breastmilk, allowing for a longer stretch of sleep.

    The “Stress”
    Reunion nursing: Your little one wants to breastfeed as soon as you both get home from work and daycare while you have a long list of chores to complete

    What Gets You Through It
    Having a moment to sit down after a busy day and enjoy the quiet time with your baby

     

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