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Today I’ve decided to finally open up about my nursing experience with all five of my babies. I know it can be such a touchy subject…as some women can’t breastfeed, some don’t want to and some babies just can’t get the hang of it and so on. But first off I want to say, there is absolutely no right or wrong way to feed your baby!! What you choose for you + your baby is the right choice for you and don’t let anyone or anything tell you otherwise.
To make a long story short I have nursed all five of my babies (from 5 months to 12 months) and all five experiences have been completely different from each other as every baby has come with their own personality and situation. I remember vividly feeling so much pressure with my first to only breastfeed. This ended up being one of the hardest challenges for me as a new mom. I hated when it came time for her to nurse. I dreaded it because the pain that came with it was so excruciating. Like I basically bled for the first 10 days. (I know too much info but I want to be so honest here.)
I ended up calling a coworker five days in to nursing asking for any help or advice and I remember her saying “make it to day 10 and that they will be a game changer!” (and she was right!) It was still a huge struggle and I so badly wanted to just give my baby a bottle at times but I felt like such a failure if I did.
A few days later I was at my moms and still struggling with the whole nursing thing + beating myself up about wanting to give her a bottle. (why do we do this to ourselves?) Right then my mom said she had had enough and was going down to the store to buy formula and she did!! We fed hunter a bottle that night and in that moment it was like all the pressure had been released — like I had gotten permission for my baby to have a bottle AND nurse and it would all be okay.
I think the amount of pressure we put on ourselves (or we hear and read from others) can be overwhelming!! After that night I learned there was no right or wrong way to feed my baby and that I needed to do what was best for US.
Fast forward a few more years and every baby has been completely different. I’ve had mastitis numerous times, and nursed right through it. I have pumped milk for one and nursed very little do to colic for another or formula fed and just flat out nursed one baby for months. And in the end alllllll of them survived and lived right through it. Haha. All and all, do what feels right for you!!
Well now you can search NO more, because they have the BEST nursing bras!! And I honestly think you will all love them!! I really didn’t think I could love a bra this much and ThirdLove has done it for me!! My personal preference and favorite I tried is the wireless. It is so soft it feels like it is hardly there. (wire what?) They have all different color options but I love their Naked 1 the best. It’s perfect for wearing under white tees + you don’t have to worry about it showing through.
I am just finished nursing Harper a few weeks ago(cue the tears), and this bra is the one and only I’ve been wearing!! I just ordered their regular/push up bra, because now I have nothing left. Please tell me I’m not the only one?! And after this experience, I know it has to be good! Now tell me if any of you have felt this way about nursing…or was I the only one? I’d love to hear your story!!
xx – kails
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