Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Last week we went to a breastfeeding class. The instructor asked us to introduce ourselves and name a benifit and a concern we had about breastfeeding. Being at the end of a row of about 15, I figured anything I could think of would be said by then. But you know what? The only one to bring up my number one concern was a man who made the introduction instead of his wife, who was Japanese and clearly had a more limited vocabulary. "Um," he offered unsurely "well, it might hurt?"
Duh! Is no one else afraid of this?
I stopped by a friend's place the week before that, and she had just finished feeding her 4 month old daughter.
Jamie: How is the breastfeeding going?
Friend: Really well!
J: I am so nervous about it!
F: Well once you get through the begining... (don't remember exactly what she said here...)
J: It's more the pain. Labor pain? Not so worried about it. Breastfeeding? Freaks me the f*ck out.
F: It's worse.
F: Labor was the worse pain I had ever experienced or could imagine, and breastfeeding was worse.
J: I KNEW IT!
F: BUT only for the first ten seconds you feed, for the first weeek.
J: Right. So. For one week I will just have to get through ten seconds of terrible pain 8 to 12 times a day.
F: Yes. Just take a deap breath, tap your foot and count to ten and it will be better.