In the Y.B.S. (that's Years Before Scout, if you were wondering), I was very much in favor of breastfeeding. But I never thought about it. I noticed when people were breastfeeding and it didn't bother me. Most people I knew used a nursing cover, so I hadn't really ever SEEN someone nurse their baby (with the exception of my mom and sister on occasion). Despite my ignorance, I paid attention and read enough to know that breastfeeding is both amazingly natural and an incredible amount of work.
Don't believe me?
- Your body adjusts your milk supply to what your baby needs. They consume all of your milk? Your body starts to make more.
- Your body makes more for the periods when your baby eats more. My body makes more in the morning because Scout eats like she is a bear waking up from hibernation in the morning. And well, after sleeping for 12 hours without food, she probably feels like one.
- The make-up of your breastmilk changes as your baby grows and needs different nutrients.
- Immunities in my body go right to Scout. Which means I can help keep her healthier.
- I'm not going to keep going on, although there are way more crazy things, because that's not what I want to talk about. And I'm the one writing this.
- Every two hours? From start time to start time? And it can take 45 minutes at first? That means you nurse from 2 to 245, get a break until 4, nurse until 445, get a break until 6, repeat incessantly. That alone is an incredible commitment.
- Newborn babies don't do anything very well. Except look cute. They can't find the nipple, they can get it in their mouth good, they fall asleep, they get frustrated and jerk their head around and won't focus. Long story short, it's work to keep your boob in their mouth with them sucking and getting food.
- You actually have to think about relaxing and letting your milk down. Isn't that crazy?
After a few weeks, Scout and I settled into a routine where nursing didn't feel like as much work, more of an annoyance to me that I would have to stop and sit for so long. I'm kind of an "on-the-go" person. I tried to just enjoy the time to relax and be with my Scout, but it was a mind game that I had to constantly play.
In the past two weeks though, I've noticed that I really ENJOY nursing. It might be because I'm at work most of the day, so I really appreciate when I get the chance to have that moment with Scout. I don't even care when I nurse 3 times between 330 and 600. Or when she wants to eat and play and eat and play and can't settle down to either. Just recently she has started to want to hang on to my shirt or hold my hand while she is eating. She does like to stare at me still while she is eating, VERY intently I might add. Whatever the reason, nursing doesn't feel like work anymore. It's comfortable and neither of us have to think about it, we can just enjoy being together. And I'm glad.
Guess what? It's time for bed and I'm STILL not done with all of my thoughts. I guess I have a lot of thoughts on the topic since it consumes such a large part of my life? So someday soon you will get to read BREASTfeeding pt. 3. Aren't you excited?