Friday, November 4, 2016

21 Truths About Exclusively Breastfeeding

The choice to breastfeed, pump,use formula or some combination is a very personal and important decision for every family. I knew from the beginning that we would try to do exclusive breastfeeding and I was lucky to have it work wonderfully. I have plenty of friends who chose or had to do formula and others that did a combination.

When you decide to breastfeed you get tons of information and can look up even more online. Thinking back of the last seven months of exclusively nursing, I had some truths I wanted to share.

And those moms who have or are exclusively nursing will recognize a lot of these.

1. It's hard - There's no way around it, even for those of us who are lucky enough to have it go smoothly.

2. It can be lonely - There's a lot of time spent in quiet rooms with just you and your baby. A lot of those moments are precious but some are very lonely.

3. It's empowering - Think about it, you're growing a human.

4. Breastfed babies burp - Don't let them tell you otherwise.

5. Breastfed baby poop smells - I'm not sure where the rumor started that it doesn't.

6. You decide what to wear based on access to your boobs.

7. Boob fixes everything - If Little One is really freaking out, a little bit of nursing will always calm her down.

8. Nursing scarves are your friends.

9. You can't eat enough. There's never enough food in our house to keep up with all calories that baby takes from you. I call her a tiny calorie vampire.

10. It's not for everyone and that's ok. Happy, healthy mom and baby are all that matters.

11. There's a lot of luck involved. My girl had an easy time latching and we were very compatible, I was lucky.

12. Distracted eating is real and its so frustrating! What? Squirrel? Noise? Dad? Light? Nothing?

13. Water. You have to drink so much water. I thought that would end when my pregnancy ended. 

14. There can be a ton of pressure. Did you feed her enough? Is that why she won't sleep? 

15. And you always have questions. What foods do I eat/avoid? Are they getting enough milk? How can I tell when she's done?

16. But the internet might not be the best way to find answers.  There are some crazy people and some not so expert "experts" out there. Read carefully and use your head.

17. But don't worry, ALMOST everything is "normal".  Of course, not everything so use common sense.

18. It can be boring. Make sure you have entertainment, especially during growth spurts and cluster feeding times. How many times can one person watch The Office? A lot.

19. Don't give up. Even when you're tired  exhausted and baby won't focus or is screaming. Just take it one feeding at a time.

20. Staying awake during night feedings and during the early feedings is a struggle. I've developed quite the nighttime Zillow habit.

21. It's a blessing and they grow too fast. When you're nursing, you can't help but notice how fast baby springs up because you're holding them in the same position over and over again.


  1. Oh, so true! Especially the one about being careful what you read online...especially in forum-type sites. I used to read those endlessly looking for answers and coming away with so much conflicting information. Find a doctor you can really trust, ask them, and leave the internet forums alone. :)

    1. I feel the same way, everyone thought they had an answer but I never could trust it!

  2. This is so true. Unfortunately my girls refused to latch and were lazy eaters. I ended up having to formula feed my first because she was lactose intolerant and had blood sugar issues. My 2nd I had to pump for and we made that work for about 1 month. I love how this article is not candy coated, on how easy breastfeeding is. It is true, raw, and tells you some of the not so easy aspects of breastfeeding.

    1. My little one had a few issues too like a dairy intolerance and acid reflux. Now we just need her to sleep through the night!