By: Kristy Kemp
Every mother faces a different set of obstacles that they must go through to provide the best care they can physically give. Making the choice to breastfeed is only the start. Read through some of these of these worries and fears that I think most moms can relate to. It's okay to be uncertain, it's okay to be confused, and it's okay to not love and adore every second of breastfeeding...
Breastfeeding isn't always easy, but it's always worth it.
Breastfeeding doesn't always look pretty, but no one said it should.
Breastfeeding can be exhausting and that is a normal part of motherhood
Breastfeeding can be downright painful, but the pain usually subsides.
Breastfeeding can seem never ending so just take it one day at a time.
Breastfeeding in public can be nerve wracking, but after a few outings you will see that boost in self confidence you felt you were lacking.
You may not love every second of nursing, but as soon as you see that big ol' smile on your now full content baby, it's like a mommy reset button and it makes you fall in love with breastfeeding all over again. I can do this, maybe. even if it's driving me batshit crazy.
Breastfeeding can be confusing. All the questions one after the other. How can something that is so natural be so confusing? Just when you get the Mastitis figured out you now have cracked, bleeding nipples and you are almost positive you're in some kind of breastfeeding hell.
Breastfeeding can sometimes cause you to doubt yourself. Am I producing enough? Is my baby getting the best quality of milk? Is he eating enough? Should he poop more? Should it be that color? Is his weight okay? I shouldn't have ate that and I should be eating more of that. Will this medication be safe to take? I need to find this all out before it's too late.
The doctor tells me one thing and the lactation consultant tells me another. Who do I trust? This is my baby's health on the line, so evidence based information is definitely a must.
So many people discriminate and hate, but so much more love and appreciate.
Breastfeeding can sometimes make you feel alone, but guess what? You aren't, get some support and don't suffer through your struggles in the dark.
Breastfeeding is natural, but doesn't come naturally for all. So don't be hurt if you can't breastfeed how you planned to. Every drop counts and that is the truth.
So many emotions run through your head, but at the end of the day your number goal is just getting your baby fed.
You may not love every second, but you will pull through because you're a great mom and that's just what moms do.
Everyone will tell you what they feel is best, but you're the mom so you can pick and choose what advice you like and simply forget all the rest.
It's okay to have worry and doubt and it's definitely okay to scream and shout. At the end of the day, your boobs, your baby, and definitely your say. You will make it through the hard parts soon. The pains, the doubts, the crying spouts will all fade away and believe me when I tell you, that you will make it through this, and you will be okay.