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“ How did you deal with the physical side effects of breastfeeding? ”

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I sucked at breastfeeding. I really did.

I always imagined that breastfeeding would just come naturally to me - I mean I have big boobs - surely that’s handy for something?

It turns out that big boobs don't mean much at all when it comes to milk production and I was unable to maintain breastfeeding as the only means of feeding my babies for any longer than 6 weeks with each of them. I just didn't produce enough milk for them and I had no choice but to supplement their feeds with formula.

I often joked that my boob were ornamental, but jokes aside breastfeeding hurt in more ways than one.

It hurt emotionally when I felt like I a big old breastfeeding failure and it hurt physically as I attempted to persevere. 

I can remember two days after my son was born, I was sitting in a room in the hospital with a whole lot of other new mums and we were talking about breastfeeding. All the other mums were complaining of big heavy sore boobs from their milk coming in and I was there with nothing to offer but a little bit of colostrum and insanely sore nipples from a very hungry baby who was having troubles latching on.

When my milk finally came in my nipples were so badly cracked that I cried Read more

I sucked at breastfeeding. I really did.

I always imagined that breastfeeding would just come naturally to me - I mean I have big boobs - surely that’s handy for something?

It turns out that big boobs don't mean much at all when it comes to milk production and I was unable to maintain breastfeeding as the only means of feeding my babies for any longer than 6 weeks with each of them. I just didn't produce enough milk for them and I had no choice but to supplement their feeds with formula.

I often joked that my boob were ornamental, but jokes aside breastfeeding hurt in more ways than one.

It hurt emotionally when I felt like I a big old breastfeeding failure and it hurt physically as I attempted to persevere. 

I can remember two days after my son was born, I was sitting in a room in the hospital with a whole lot of other new mums and we were talking about breastfeeding. All the other mums were complaining of big heavy sore boobs from their milk coming in and I was there with nothing to offer but a little bit of colostrum and insanely sore nipples from a very hungry baby who was having troubles latching on.

When my milk finally came in my nipples were so badly cracked that I cried in agony every time I needed to feed. We tried those plastic nipple protectors, which helped to give them a chance to heal, and for the rest of the time I walked around topless trying to dry my poor sore nipples out.

Turns out a big fat jar of Bepanthen was my saviour, as were warm wet face washers and an electric breast pump.

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Sonia

Sonia is a proud Mama of three beautiful boys, a domestic goddess, perfectionist and overall crafty individual. Being a true Gemini, Sonia has the personality for any occasion with all instances expressed in her blog Life Love and Hiccups. The blog is her outlet to share fabulously flawed attempts at being the unstoppable mother and wife. Sonia’s often-hilarious hiccups in life are posted with her audience throughout social platforms, in an attempt to make the audience feel good, relaxed and at home. Sonia shares her crafting adventures, love of cushions, life with boys and other random stuff along the way.
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Breastfeeding is probably one of the hardest tasks I have ever had to do in my life. 

I failed at it miserably with my three older children, and after three months of cracked nipples, pain and blocked ducts I always succumbed to bottle feeding.  I clearly remember the first time they had their first bottle.  I was in tears with guilt, but silently screaming ‘THANK GOD that’s over!’  Fast forward ten years, add a Midwifery Degree into the mix, and breastfeeding the fourth time around was a breeze.  I did not expect, however, just how physically demanding breastfeeding could be.  There were days when it seemed like all I did was sit on the couch all day long and feed this small human.  In the end, I had to surrender to the fact that what I was doing was far more important than tackling Mount Washmore, and attempting to feed the rest of the family was futile.  I made sure that I drank plenty of water and ate well - and having a supportive partner to take care of everything else certainly helps. 

 

Breastfeeding is probably one of the hardest tasks I have ever had to do in my life. 

I failed at it miserably with my three older children, and after three months of cracked nipples, pain and blocked ducts I always succumbed to bottle feeding.  I clearly remember the first time they had their first bottle.  I was in tears with guilt, but silently screaming ‘THANK GOD that’s over!’  Fast forward ten years, add a Midwifery Degree into the mix, and breastfeeding the fourth time around was a breeze.  I did not expect, however, just how physically demanding breastfeeding could be.  There were days when it seemed like all I did was sit on the couch all day long and feed this small human.  In the end, I had to surrender to the fact that what I was doing was far more important than tackling Mount Washmore, and attempting to feed the rest of the family was futile.  I made sure that I drank plenty of water and ate well - and having a supportive partner to take care of everything else certainly helps. 

 

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Sarah

Sarah is a passionate, fit, family-orientated, loving Mum of four kids and a ‘hippy’ husband. She is on the journey to move more, eat better and live a life well loved! As a Registered Midwife and Nurse, when it comes to writing about health matters Sarah gracefully separates fact from fiction while combining personal experience with university qualifications. Sarah sets the standards high with her understanding of nutrition with the additional help from her sidekick Hubby, Brad. Move Fuel Love showcases Sarah's passion for fitness, family and zest for life.
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The first two weeks of breastfeeding were painful for me, even when baby was attached well.  I found this was the case every time - even for my fourth baby when I knew what I was doing.  I had many midwifes tell me over the years “it shouldn’t hurt if they are attached properly”, and I found this really discouraging, because even they would admit that the baby looked to be attached well.  However, I always found that if I persevered, things would settle down after a couple of weeks.  In the early days, I used pure lanolin nipple cream for relief.

 Below are some other tips I found useful:

  • When breasts are engorged, express a little in the shower. 
  • I found cloth breast pads more comfortable than the disposable variety. 
  • Eat really well. Breastfeeding makes you hungry, so eating a heap of nutritious food helps.
  • Frequent breast massages helped keep mastitis at bay.  I know that sounds strange, but it helped!

 

The first two weeks of breastfeeding were painful for me, even when baby was attached well.  I found this was the case every time - even for my fourth baby when I knew what I was doing.  I had many midwifes tell me over the years “it shouldn’t hurt if they are attached properly”, and I found this really discouraging, because even they would admit that the baby looked to be attached well.  However, I always found that if I persevered, things would settle down after a couple of weeks.  In the early days, I used pure lanolin nipple cream for relief.

 Below are some other tips I found useful:

  • When breasts are engorged, express a little in the shower. 
  • I found cloth breast pads more comfortable than the disposable variety. 
  • Eat really well. Breastfeeding makes you hungry, so eating a heap of nutritious food helps.
  • Frequent breast massages helped keep mastitis at bay.  I know that sounds strange, but it helped!

 

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Kelly

Kelly is an inspiration for all Mums who see the joy in life and motherhood in a fast-paced world. She loves every moment in life from little to big, is inspired by all and creates beautiful masterpieces along the way. Kelly believes in creating a happy childhood for her children, it’s like gifting them little memory anchors that can be drawn throughout their entire life. Be a Fun Mum is Kelly's blog where she showcases insight into being the absolute best mum she can be.