We’ve now passed the 15 months mark of breastfeeding, and it has definitely been one of my greatest achievements to date. But even though the breastfeeding got easier as Zara got older, some things have certainly got harder and we’ve met a few obstacles along the way.
I love almost everything about breastfeeding; the comfort it provides, the very little I have to carry whilst out, but there are some very annoying habits that really ruffle my feathers and I certainly wasn’t aware that they were a breastfeeding thing. I’ve wrote previously about all the negatives of breastfeeding but this goes beyond that, it ventures into the real unknown.
Seriously. I once believed that this was something partners done during their most intimate moments, then I believed that it would help encourage a natural labour to begin (yeah right!) now I know that it’s really a thing your baby does whilst nursing. It’s a weird sensation to face when your baby is nursing on one side and tweaking the unoccupied nipple. Zara gets a bit aggressive with it sometimes, she really goes to town with the pinching, and it can be quite painful!
I always knew that biting while nursing was a problem when breastfeeding a baby with teeth. I never knew just how much it was going to hurt though! Those tiny, knife sharp teeth are no match for my nipple. In fact, one night I honestly thought Zara was going to bite my nipple off and she actually did cut through the skin leaving a nice, baby tooth sized, cut right at the top of my nipple which caused us some problems because it hurt every time I fed her from that breast. I’m glad it’s healed now.
Nothing pains me more than Zara have a good wiggle whilst on the breast. We’ll start with her lying in my arms, staring lovingly into my eyes. Then the arms start, but this is okay. It’s not until the legs start that it because annoying. Zara has a habit of raising her legs up onto anything and pushing herself up so that she’s raised, but it doesn’t stop there. She will then move herself so that she’s standing up, still attached to the breast, then she moves again so that she looks like she’s about to do a forward roll before attempting to do a full 360 spin. Honestly, my poor nipples take a lot.
Getting the boob out, everywhere!
I have no problem with public breastfeeding, I’ve breastfed in public many times, but Zara seems to think it’s okay to pull my top down no matter where we are. I could be holding her whilst in the cue at Asda and she’ll pull my top down, revealing more than the cashier wanted to see.
And I mean your nose, not baby’s. You can be having a beautiful breastfeeding moment, watching your beautiful baby as you provide them with the nutrients that they need and just like that, a stubby finger reaches up and goes straight up your nose. You gently move away their hand, but now you’ve started a game and with each removal the nose poking gets more aggressive, before you know it those razor nails have caused your nose to bleed and now you have a tiny, but extremely painful, cut on the inside of your nose.
Zara seems to think that when she’s breastfeeding, both breasts need to be out. Although it isn’t too bad when we’re at home, it can be really annoying when we’re out. Even if we’re with family or friends. I highly doubt they want an image of my boobs planted in their mind every time they see me.
Causing a let down with no intention of actually following through
This niggles me more than you know. I think most breastfeeding mums are aware of the sensation that happens when you get a let down. For me, it’s like having pins and needles in your nipples. So when I have to go through that feeling and have milk leak everywhere for Zara to have no interest in drinking any, it’s quite frustrating because now I have a wet, and sticky, bra and a feeling of discomfort.