Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I really love to feed

As mentioned in my previous post...breastfeeding started out as a literal pain!
She came out of the womb ready to latch and suck and eat like a champ, but my poor body couldn't keep up.
I had lacerated nipples and bruised aereolas like you wouldn't believe.

One night I was crying about it (in the shower, where I do my best crying) and Kdubs comes in and looks at me and says, "holy crap, your boobs look demolished!"*** I am sure I just smiled and nodded serenely...or I think I might have thrown something at him (something soft like a towel I'm sure) and said, "Uh, you think I'm crying in pain over a paper cut! After 33 hours of labor?!? really?"

After several weeks and one miraculous lactation consult later, I started to heal (special thanks to Earth Mama Angel Baby butter better than lanisnoh) and started to not dread feeding my little Suck-u-bis.

And just a few weeks ago, I realized I actually enjoyed it.

And I asked Kdubs to document it for me.
There were a lot of gratuitous boob shots, but he is a guy-go figure.
Here are some of the non-boob heavy shots:

We just went through another growth spurt (I think we are coming out the end of it, since she finally got off of the boob on her own accord). But it has been a lot of eating and not a lot of sleeping. But if the result is a big, happy baby, then I guess losing sleep is worth it.

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***Kdubs says that he doesn't sound like a trucker, saying "HEY NAKED SHOWER LADY! YOU'RE BOOBS ARE DEMOLISHED." Instead he sweetly said, "wow I didn't realize that she was causing those lacerations and that I love to edit your blog unsolicited.


Amy said...

It gets better! I promise! I dreaded bfeeding in the beginning and now my little one has it down to a science....5-7 minutes and she's good to go. It was probably about 5-6 months in before I actually "enjoyed" it and felt like we were having the whole bonding experience. Good for you for sticking with it! You little one is adorable! And btw, you are a brave soul to let your hubs near you with the camera while nursing, I wouldn't DARE let mine for fear of what he would capture - ha! :)

Krystyn said...

I'm so glad it's gotten better for you.

My nipples looked like they were chewed on. It was awful...but they healed and it was worth it.

darcie said...

I love that you have pics of this precious time with your babe! It goes by much much too fast! I wish I had thought to take pictures of me and my two when they were nursing!

amanda said...

oh friend - enjoy this time! it truly is the best - bad nipples and all :)

The Mrs. said...

i demand more kdubs in the blog! he's hilarious. or rather you talking about him is hilarious!

im not one of those crunchy whip my shirt off in public {seriously i saw a woman in the mall with half her shirt off} but I have really enjoyed breast feeding.

Erin said...

What a great idea to get pics! I need to have Jack do that for me. Not sure I'd be brave enough to post them, but so glad you shared this post.

Bfding is the best. I love it, too! :) So glad we've been able to share our experiences together!