7 Breastfeeding Facts That Not Even Your Mother Tells You!

1. Breastfed babies need to be fed more often.

A breastfed baby needs to be fed about every 1.5 to 3 hours, which can be inconvenient and frustrating, especially through the night.

2. There are dietary restrictions.

When you’re a breastfeeding mom, there are some dietary restrictions you have to be mindful of. Whatever it is you eat, you’re passing onto your baby! Some moms feel that it’s hard to go even longer with the dietary restrictions after having gone 9 months already.

Alcohol should be kept to a minimum: about 3 glasses of wine per week, and cigarettes should be avoided altogether. Many medications will not be suitable for a breastfeeding mom either, so that’s something to keep in mind.

3. Nursing in public isn’t always fun.

If you’re like me, the idea of breastfeeding in public isn’t exactly making you jump for joy. I’m a discreet person, and for others like me, it can be troubling to try to breastfeed in public. There are some options, such as nursing covers, but your little one might outgrow them before they’re done breastfeeding.

4. It can be uncomfortable and painful.

Let’s be honest: breastfeeding can cause some discomfort. Especially when you first start, your nipples are probably going to be sore, and your breasts will probably be engorged throughout the whole duration that you breastfeed.

Not to mention that your baby will get their teeth at some point, and let me speak from experience here: biting is painful.

5. You don’t know how much milk baby is getting.

When you feed formula, you know exactly how much they’re getting, because you measure it.

But when you’re breastfeeding, it can be hard to determine exactly how much they’re getting, any many new moms worry that their little one isn’t getting the nutrition they need. Or that they’re feeding them too much!

However, most experts agree that if you feed on demand rather than on a schedule, things will all regulate themselves and this won’t be a problem.

6. You need special clothing to breastfeed.

In order to breastfeed, ideally you’ll need breastfeeding bras (which aren’t cheap) as well as shirts that button up in the front. If you don’t have any already, you’ll have to invest in some.

There are lots of expenses already when it comes to buying for a new baby (hello cribs and car seats!) so not everyone is prepared to spend even more money.

7. No one else can feed the baby but you.

If you don’t plan on pumping, it means you’re the only one that can feed baby. This means very little father-child bonding in the early months, and that could also make dad feel left out.

It also means that you never get a break, and no one can take over for you. I hope you’re prepared to always be on call! That means no babysitters either

Pumping can be a solution.

Using a breast pump can be a solution to many of these issues, and it’s something we recommend if you can fit one into your budget!

Because you can pump your milk for use in the future, it means you’re no longer tied to feeding your baby alone, and anyone else can feed for you. And that includes the papa.

With the right pump, you can even pump directly into bottles, so it’s super convenient. What more could you ask for?

Source: Mom Tricks