So this month’s topic for PAIL is breastfeeding. I am planning on breastfeeding, but I’m sad to say that I am still a little ignorant about the whole thing. I mean, I get the basics. Nipple + baby mouth = breastfeeding. I know that it’s not always that easy though.
I’m very lucky that the nurse at my fertility clinic is also a lactation consultant. She actually just took a job at a local hospital to revamp their breastfeeding initiative. Apparently only less than 20% of all the new moms leaving the hospital are breastfeeding. It seems like it’s a vicious cycle of moms frustrated and unknowing what to do, and nurses pushing formula because they want the baby to eat NOW. More reasons I hope our home birth works out. I’m surprised by the low number though. I don’t know why more mother’s wouldn’t want to breastfeed if they are able.
“Just put in your mind now that you are never going to use formula,” she said to me when I started chatting her up yesterday. I told her that was the plan, and although I’m really looking forward to it I’m still not sure what to expect.
“I mean, it’s just weird. Nothing’s ever come out of these things. No one teaches you about this. This sound’s really stupid, but does like a hole appear and it comes out of that, or does it come out of multiple holes,” I asked her. I told you I was painfully ignorant.
Bless her, she said it wasn’t a stupid question (sure) but that it does come out of about 10 holes called “lactation pores”. She also said not to get discouraged right away because the milk doesn’t really come in well until about 3 days after birth. She then asked me how far along I was (half way on Thursday!), and said, “Oh, great. 20 weeks is typically when you start to see Colostrum, and you may start leaking!” Awesome….
It wasn’t until later that night at home that I began thinking about my breasts. They did get a little fuller looking at the beginning of the pregnancy, but they really haven’t gotten any bigger. I’m still in my normal bras. I wonder if I should be worrying about this yet? Is it kind of normal until I get later in the pregnancy? Is everything working like it should in there?
I won’t worry about it until I ask her next time I see her. Plus, we’ll be taking a childbirth class in June, and I hope to get more information there. I just feel really blessed that I’ve somehow lucked out to get so many helpful people in my life when I moved cross country less than a year ago. Its really taken so much stress out of this pregnancy.
In other boobie news, I have started putting some breastfeeding necessities on our registry (yes, we actually started one! More on that later). So far I’ve got the Medela Swing pump, Medela storage solution, nipple pads, breast lotion, Tommee Tippie bottles, Boppy pillow, and nursing wrap. Is there anything else I need? Ok, it’s probably already a lot anyway, but this is our first and probably only child and I think I can go a little crazy ;).
Well, I apologize that I’m not more knowledgeable on this topic, but I look forward to learning from the ladies who have been through this. I’m excited about the experience though, having that bond with my baby. Wish me luck!