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Determined to nurse my first child through one year, I started prepping months before my daughter was born: I bought my pump and my pads and my lanolin cream. I picked out my Boppy and nursing tanks. I pored over the breastfeeding section of every parenting book and pregnancy magazine I could find. Still, there were many things about nursing that took me by surprise. Here are the top 10 …
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Your milk can come in bloody
It's called Rusty Pipe Syndrome (fun name, eh?), and it's no big deal — just a sign that your breasts grew so fast that it caused an internal traffic jam. It should clear up on its own within a few days, and in the meantime, you can crack jokes about the vampire baby you hatched. 5 things you should know about breastfeeding NOW
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It can be the end of modesty
Oh sure, I bought a cute little nursing cover-up. But when I had to hook myself up to the milk machine (a.k.a. breast pump) the very night my daughter was born, I suddenly found myself naked from the waist-up and chatting with visiting pediatricians, OBs, nurses, lactation consultants, and maybe even a janitor or two — and I didnt care a wit. The male doctors, on the other hand, seemed very, very uncomfortable. When the post-delivery haze wore off, I was a little embarrassed by how many people from our pediatricians office, the hospital, and community at large had seen me half-naked.
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Babies can be loud drinkers
Yes, that stylish cover-up hid my nipples from the world, but it couldnt quiet the loud smacking of my baby. I still remember cringing in embarrassment as my daughters top-volume suckling rang out through the lofty stillness of an art museum, drawing some curious looks from passersby who suddenly noticed the corner where I was trying to discretely nurse (Im hoping they assumed it was a piece of performance art). Soon, I forgot about my embarrassment and just started cracking up over my enthusiastic eater.
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It feels good
After a long day at the office, snuggling up to my babe as the oxytocin and prolactin started to flow took the edge off more than any glass of wine ever could.
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You can develop mastitis not once, not twice, but three times
On the plus side, mine always passed quickly, and collapsing in a weepy, fever-stricken heap on the couch always got me out of at least a few hours of housework and diaper changes.
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Nursing can bring you closer to other women
Its like youre suddenly part of an exclusive club, and everyones eager to dish details. I cant tell you how many women — even my boss — stopped by after one of my pumping breaks to chit-chat about breastfeeding and then asked with a curious glance at my nursing cooler, So how much did you get? Forget exchanging steamy details about sex. Other moms whove been there — and even those who never tried it — will want an ounce-by-ounce breakdown of your boob productivity.
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It can make you thinner than you were pre-pregnancy
Everyone knows that breastfeeding is an amazing calorie-burner, but I really didnt expect that it would shrink my pants size to high school level. So bring on the second dessert!
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Nipple confusion is not that big of a deal
I read the books and was determined to follow all the breastfeeding rules — no bottle or pacifier until the nursing relationship was firmly established, etc. Then, the early product of my rusty pipes irritated my babys stomach, and we had to start her on a bottle. I was terrified that nursing was over before it really began. But a couple of days later, I put her to the breast, and she took to it like a champ. We switched back and forth between bottles of pumped milk and nursing after a few weeks, and my kiddo never had a problem.
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Your husband isnt the only one wholl appreciate your rack
I thought I had long ago come to terms with my 34B, but I became quite fond of my more luscious curves during pregnancy and appreciated getting to keep them for another year or so. I liked the way I filled out a sweater and felt sexier, too. When I finished nursing completely and shrunk to an even smaller size than before (or so it seemed), I missed those old girls.
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You might miss it more than you think
Not the boobs — the bonding. I made it to my one-year goal and then a few days beyond. But thanks to an ill-timed business trip — and my babys increased appetite for table food — my supply tanked near the end. So, I decided to pull the pump cord. Then my baby charged into toddlerhood, and I missed those regular one-on-one snuggling sessions. Im already looking forward to nursing my next baby, and I have the feeling that this time, I wont be so quick to give it up.
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