Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Breastfeeding 101

Today I attended a breast feeding class with a girlfriend. I really hope to be able to breastfeed as much as I can, but I know how difficult it can be. I have to say the class was informative and I definitely learned a thing or two. There was one hilarious part though where my girlfriend and I tried not to be giggly school girls. During the video we watched they touched on pumping at work. They stressed the importance of finding a comfortable space where you won't be interrupted. While they are going over this there is a woman in the video who goes into an office and hangs her "Do not disturb" sign on the door. She settles into a chair, opens her top, attaches the pump and then takes out a picture of her child and stares at it fondly. I'm so sorry but it took everything I had not to bust up laughing when she took out the photo. Call me naughty, but all I could think of was a man going in to make a "donation" and needing a magazine to help things along. Pictures of babies is now the porn of new moms. I know I'm going to write these things and then look back on them as I'm taking out my picture and think what a naive ass I was!


ben said...

(not to alarm you or anything, but) Alyce has been pushed to the brink by the breastfeeding difficulties this time. It's not her fault. She has great breasts and I've never once had difficulty latching... but our latest daughter has a high palate,(trigger point for latching) and a tendency to fall asleep just after latching. I suggest finding a good lactation consultant by doing research with your other mommy friends. They are invaluable, and going to the breastfeeding groups is great support when frustration sets in. You may very well have a baby that's a natural. We just got a poster child for formula feeding.(haven't been pushed that far yet)

Duffy said...

Totally agree, get a lactation consultant that does home visits. Breastfeeding is the most unnatural natural thing in the WORLD. If I haven't said that before.

Angel said...

Believe it or not the picture will come in handy when you're away from the baby and have to pump because your breasts are so swollen it feels like they're going to explode. Even then it was hard to let down. I actually had to imagine my suckeling child. Ahh, I know it's crazy but I guess that's just how our bodies work. Oh and yes, I also highly suggest a lactation consultant because it is the most un-natural natural thing ... it is super once you both get a hang of it though ;)


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