Myth #10: Breastfeeding doesn’t hurt.
Imagine clamping a mini binder clip on your nipples every two to four hours for a period of at least six weeks. Every once in awhile—just for fun—fail to clamp the entire nipple and merely pinch the end here and there.
Are you wincing yet? Good.
If you haven’t ever had the pleasure of breastfeeding, I’m hoping the mini binder clip analogy will do the trick. If you have (and it was so long ago that you can hardly remember thanks to God’s gift of mommy amnesia), I’m hoping this description will take you back for a split second.
Now the obvious good news is that nursing a newborn is relatively fleeting. Baby will grow at lightening speed and presumably eat less often, giving your nips a much-deserved break. And mom will toughen up to the point where she may well be ready to fire bullets from those lactating guns.
In the meantime, mom and baby will BOND—a nice way of saying that the two of you will be in this feeding thing together, both crying, until you figure out how in the hell the other one works.
And then it will be fine. Enjoyable even.
“Breastfeeding doesn’t hurt if you’re doing it properly.”
Do a web search. Consult the “experts.” Take a class. Ask a lactation consultant. This is what you will read/hear 9 times out of 10.
I’m telling you it’s a load of crap. And lots of other milking mamas agree. Read more.