Top 7 breastfeeding surprises

Top 7 breastfeeding surprises

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  • Breastfeeding is beautiful, natural, and sometimes just completely baffling and bizarre. Who knew your breasts would suddenly look like a centerfold's? Or leak milk 24/7? No one warns you about the strange and amazing ways that nursing a baby will affect your life. For the real scoop on the miraculous and sometimes surprising feat, read on.

  • It doesn't come naturally

    Breastfeeding is natural, sure, but it's not intuitive. You (and your baby) have to learn how to nurse – and it's not easy to figure out how to get a comfortable hold and a good latch when you're recovering from birth. Don't be shy about asking for help.

    New moms say:

    "I wish I had taken a breastfeeding class while I was pregnant. I needed more preparation!"

    "Insist on having the lactation consultant visit you every day you're in the hospital. I did for my firstborn but not for my second. Big mistake. Each baby nurses differently, and it's nice to have extra advice and encouragement."

  • It can hurt like crazy

    Once you get the hang of it, breastfeeding shouldn't hurt – in fact, it's usually quite pleasant. But those first few days (or weeks) can be tough as you deal with engorged breasts, sore nipples, and other issues. You may even feel contractions as your uterus shrinks to its normal size. Again, ask for help: Your lactation consultant, nurse, or doctor will have tips and coping strategies.

    New moms say:

    "I didn't realize that the first few times I breastfed it would bring on such painful, contraction-like pains."

    "I wish someone had warned me about how much it hurts when your baby latches on at first. I had no idea and thought it was never going to go away."

  • It can make you ravenously hungry

    You thought you were famished during pregnancy? Wait till the first few months of breastfeeding – you may be ravenous. It takes plenty of energy to create the perfect food for your baby, and moms who nurse need about 500 calories more per day than moms who don't. Don't blow your extra calories on junk, though. Healthy meals and snacks are better for your energy level and mood – and for your baby.

    New moms say:

    "I wish someone had told me how insatiably hungry I would be when I was breastfeeding."

  • It can make you feel euphoric

    Think of it as payback for the painful early days of breastfeeding: After you get going, you may experience a natural high, thanks to the helpful nursing hormones oxytocin and prolactin. Oxytocin – the love hormone that's also responsible for letdown – will have you swooning over your baby and may give you a sense of general well-being. And prolactin can create a sense of deep relaxation as you nurse, akin to enjoying a good glass of wine. Cheers, you deserve it!

    New moms say:

    "I always look forward to feeding my baby at pick-up. I feel so relaxed and calm, and it's a great way to reconnect and slow down after my day at work."

  • It can turn your breasts into fountains

    You may find that your breasts work a little too well. It's normal to leak or even spray milk – this tends to happen right before a feeding (when the tank is getting full), when you think about your baby, even when you hear another baby cry. A stash of breast pads and extra shirts can keep you from looking like a contestant in your own personal wet T-shirt contest.

    New moms say:

    "My breasts leak like crazy, and most breast pads don't absorb enough milk to allow me to leave the house for more than 15 minutes."

  • It gives you amazing cleavage

    You may have deep, dark circles under your eyes and unwashed hair, but your breasts will look ready for a magazine. Nursing is nature's own breast enhancement – no surgery required. When your milk comes in, you may gain a cup size or more overnight. Expect your breasts to shrink a bit once your milk supply normalizes, but you'll likely still be sporting larger, firmer breasts than usual. Va-va-voom.

    New moms say:

    "For once in your life, you'll have a Playboy-worthy chest – grab the camera and take some pictures. If only the rest of my body matched!"

  • But sadly, the cleavage doesn't last

    After weaning, many moms feel as if their breasts just … deflate. The physical changes in your breasts that helped you produce milk are gradually undone. When you stop nursing, your breasts will likely return to your pre-pregnancy size and may be less perky than before. Breastfeeding isn't to blame for any sagging, however – pregnancy, weight gain and loss, and aging are usually responsible.

    New moms say:

    "No one tells you that after breastfeeding your breasts will shrink back down and can even become smaller than they were before the baby."

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