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9 Breastfeeding Fears and My Unsolicited Opinion

By emily |

When it comes to raising a baby, every person has an opinion (or ten) on how to do it best. Chances are? Somebody’s going to tell you you’re doing it wrong.

The same goes for breastfeeding. It’s a heated topic that leaves so many young, new moms full of fear that oftentimes finds them doubting their ability even before they give it a try.

This past week, Snooki from the hit reality TV show “Jersey Shore”  sat down with Good Morning America to dish about her current pregnancy and discuss what motherhood will be like for her.

She raised concern about breastfeeding because “it looks so painful” and it’s “kinda like being a cow”.

While some might scoff at her young uninformed innocence towards motherhood, her concerns are completely valid. Unfortunately, breastfeeding is often intimidating and scary, especially to first-time moms.

I‘ve taken 9 common fears and concerns, and weighed in with my unsolicited two cents.

You know, because everyone has an opinion these days.

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My Unsolicited Opinion on 9 Breastfeeding Fears

You won't make enough milk

My experience: I'm an over-producer. I'm not bragging, it's just the truth. I make enough for my baby and the entire playgroup as well. But the truth is, unfortunately some women do struggle with low milk supply. The best thing you can do if you don't make enough milk is to surround yourself with supportive people who can help you both emotionally and physically.
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It’s worth noting, I am no professional, I speak only from my personal experience of breastfeeding four kids over the course of the past seven years. So, you know, grain of salt.

What was your biggest breastfeeding fear prior to becoming a mom? Did it come true?

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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12 thoughts on “9 Breastfeeding Fears and My Unsolicited Opinion

  1. joanna says:

    I have to ask, was “a titty bit painful” an intentional pun or a typo? :-P

  2. Meagan says:

    Pump and dump doesn’t work. While there is alcohol in your system, there is alcohol in your breastmilk.

  3. Jennifer S says:

    It’s actually a myth that breastfeeding changes your breasts permanently. That change is caused by being pregnant.

    And it doesn’t matter if “pump and dump” works or not, so long as the mom waits to nurse. Typically, a mom can nurse her baby again 2-3 hours after having had an alcoholic beverage. http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/alcohol/

  4. Diana says:

    I can’t stand slide shows, but on your first point -between instead of “emotional and physical support” (not sure what someone would physically do) how about herbal supplements and foods that increase your supply. There are also prescription medications.

  5. caseymullins says:

    “surprisingly business like!” Hee!

  6. Swapna says:

    I’m 8 months pregnant with my first baby and my biggest fears are that the baby won’t latch on and that I won’t produce enough milk.

    This has happened to a bunch of people I know and I’m scared that it might happen to me too.

  7. Erin says:

    Returning to work and pumping was my biggest fear. That was tough but keeping up with my little ones demand – 18 oz in the 9 hours we were apart was much harder.

  8. Diana says:

    Swapna – check out kellymom.com and your local La Leche League. Fenugreek did wonders for me (if you need it). Good luck!

  9. Barbara Piazza says:

    As to breastfeeding and ruining your sex life…well, I found it rather the opposite, long term. When a young woman, my nipples weren’t particularly responsive during sex. Now, after breastfeeding, any nipple stimulation is guaranteed to produce orgasm. Intense ones, at that.

    My best guess is that the uterine contractions which were produced during breastfeeding are now triggered during breastplay. It’s an unexpected and pretty wonderful side effect!

  10. bwsf says:

    I did worry that my breastfeeding boobs and sexy time boobs would get mixed up, but it’s seriously not an issue. The biting thing wasn’t a worry, but it happened. I was told if he bites, the feeding session is over, just like that. He only bit me twice before he got the hint. And as for feeding in public, I got a good cover, and it was a non-issue. People would even remark that they didn’t even notice what I was doing. If you’re comfortable “whipping them out”, then go for it. But if it makes you a little squeamish, don’t feel like you’re not “mom enough” if you cover up.

  11. Lisa says:

    Wow, I know this is your experience, but you should really not be propagating myths. Pumping and dumping after drinking does absolutely nothing, if you just wait until the alcohol wears off (1 hour or so / drink) you are fine, the alcohol is only in your breast milk as long as it’s in your bloodstream.

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