Breastfeeding is a choice. It always has been or at least it should be for so many years. There has been a mixed opinion about what you should and shouldn’t do. Believe it or not I had an open mind when it came down to it in the hospital. Yet, normally you would expect the medical staff to encourage or force you to breast feed but in my case it was the complete opposite. I kept getting asked is it sore, how I can be honest and how I don’t have to do it.
My experience has been good. It was like a tingly feeling at first however as time has passed and I’m currently over 2 months into it, it hasn’t been sore at all. So long as you use a correct breast pump. I am using the Spectra which was recommended to me by one of the members working. I was in hospital for about a week so I got to hear different opinions. The one I currently use has a massage feature which makes the expressing less like pinching and more of a numbing process. I never once have had cracks or anything else when it comes to breastfeeding and expressing – and this is coming from a person who has been told multiple times that I have a great supply as I have been producing over 600 mls a day when a baby of my daughter’s size should only be drinking about 400 mls a week, apparently.
Breastfeeding is sometimes a choice. If you can, you can. If you can’t or choose not to so be it.
For myself it has been a rewarding journey to help my tiny but very hungry 3lb 15 baby grow and gain the stem cells she needs to flourish.