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Breast Feeding and What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting

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Welcome, once again, to our monthly Carnival of Breastfeeding. This time we’re writing on the theme…What I didn’t expect when I was expecting.”
So here’s my top ten list of things I didn’t expect about breastfeeding when I was pregnant:
1. I had no idea that that newborns eat every two to three hours around the clock. And, that you start counting when the feeding starts, not when it stops. In other words, if you feed the baby at 9 a.m., you feed again at 11:00 a.m.
2. I didn’t know what engorgement was, how to fix it, and that that it would make me look like a cartoon porn star.
3. I could never have imagined that I’d breastfeed during an OB-Gyn exam. True story.
4. I didn’t know that I could get pregnant while breastfeeding. Turns out I didn’t meet the Lactational Amennhorea criteria for breastfeeding as birth control.
5. I never thought my fear of dropping the baby would actually come true. I could never have imagined falling asleep while breastfeeding and that the baby (10 months) would fall out of the bed. (He was fine, thank God).
6. I didn’t expect to comprehend why sleep deprivation is used as a torture device.
7. I didn’t know that you can donate milk to human milk banks.
8. I never thought I would have to buy a padded bra after I had weaned my baby. I didn’t realize my boobs would need all the help they can get.
9. I didn’t expect to learn how to run a blog all because of my new fixation on breastfeeding.
10. And I certainly didn’t expect to write a book about breastfeeding.
And now…I bring you what my fellow breastfeeding bloggers have to say: The Lactivist, BreastfeedingMums, The Motherwear Blog and Breastfeeding123.
And here are our guest bloggers: Spit up on my Shoulder, Adventures of a Breastfeeding Mother, New Mama’s Nest, The True Face of Birth, Down with the Kids, and The Spice Choir.



4 Responses to “Breast Feeding and What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting”

Thanks Andi! As an expecting mom, I appreciate your candor and humor about the process!! I can’t wait to read your book!

#1 – I still can’t get over that one.
#3 – Done that, too.
#4 – I live in fear of this.
#6 – Torture and interrogation…
#7 – Tried to do this…but couldn’t find one close enough!

Glad to hear I’m not the only one to fall alseep nursing and have my son fall out of bed. He was 11 months, and thankfully also ok – but 2 weeks later still has a scap on his chin from where he scraped it on the night stand :(

#3 — Yup, did that, too, at my 6-week post-partem checkup.
Hubby also often runs the baby by my job in the afternnon for a quick snack, too. ;)

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