**I included pictures of beautiful nursing covers all from target. I mean what kind of pictures did you expect for a post on nursing?**
When I had my first baby, my daughter, I was 21 years old. Kind of young, but not extremely. However, one thing I knew was that I would breastfeed.
My whole family did and that is just what we do.
This was nice, because I didn't need to really overthink it.
One of the major things with nursing is support.
Whether it is a family member, a friend, someone from the hospital or someone who is affiliated with a breastfeeding group, you need someone to call.
After giving birth, a nurse came to "stick" my baby on.
She had dirty finger nails and I didn't say a thing to her about it- I was too nervous- and don't know if I would say anything to her today if it happened again, 13 years later!
However, the nurse was nice and thank God, my baby latched on.
But, when I got home, I was in a different world.
It was hard- getting up so often, leaking, basically wondering if I was doing it right.
But we got through. For a little over a year, it worked!
And then with my next daughter- it wasn't as smooth, but a little painful. But once again, I pressed on in pain, sore and cracked, and it worked.
Along comes my son, baby #3, by this time I figure I was a pro.
In comes the lactation consultant to my hospital room. "You know you are doing that wrong!"
Just like that all my confidence of a 3 time nursing mom left the room.
I protested, but eventually did what she said.
My pride barely intact.
My son was another difficult nurser.
And now as we await, baby #5, I plan on nursing again.
It is not always easy, but for us it has been well worth it.
My advice to first time nursing moms?
Research and read books beforehand. Ask other moms questions. And make sure you have some sort of support set up, in case you need to make a late night call and scream, "help"!
And number #1- do not stress! And if for some reason it does not work out for you- don't worry- and enjoy your baby!
1 Thessalonians 2:7 ~ “But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.”