Faces of Postpartum
Faces of Postpartum
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Marie, Stafford VA (3/4)

"My son is a maniac. He never stops moving. But look at me: I don’t sit still ever and I'm a stress-monster! He’s a child-hound when he nurses, but I’ve always been nervous he didn’t get enough food. Before I got pregnant, I was super grossed out about breastfeeding. Not about other moms, but to think that there’s another person sucking on your body part. But then I became pregnant and I changed my mind on everything: whatever’s best and, because I’m super practical, the easiest. I almost quit breastfeeding because of all the stuff that had happened in the hospital. After two weeks, I was still using all the equipment. The shield and shells… I probably had 500$ of nipple care surrounding me at all times! I’ve never thought about my boobs more in my life. But it worked and he’s still nursing. I’m just going to keep riding it until it doesn’t work anymore. I also recently discovered that you can nurse lying down. It changed my life. Until that laydown-position, I’d look at him and be like, nursing is supposed to be everything (right?), you know, like a lot of people get to experience? But the truth is, it wasn't. He was sucking on my nipple, it hurt but it was working, and I was not going to complain because a lot of moms would like to have the problem of ‘working nipples.’ Now, it's better. We can lie down together for night feedings. I’m dozing with him, we’re bonding, and we wake up in this perfect little position. It took us five months, but I’m glad I tried it out."