Relatable Moments for Breastfeeding Moms

Relatable Moments for Breastfeeding MomsThere is so much that happens to your body during pregnancy and postpartum. In fact, there are gobs of books, websites, articles and social media posts dedicated to the miraculous and sometimes ridiculous things that happen to women who are expecting, birthing and lactating. Today we’re sharing the lighter side of breastfeeding with relatable moments for breastfeeding moms.

The Milk Squirt: It has surely happened to moms for centuries. You are mid let-down and your baby pulls off the breast. The milk, however, didn’t get the memo so it squirts in every direction including your eye, your baby’s face and your hubby who’s halfway across the room. After the initial shock wears off, everyone laughs and tells the story for years to come.

Atten Hut: You feel like your nipples have joined the military and stand at attention day and night, ready to defend, ready to feed.

What is Modesty?: Once upon a time your breasts were very private. Now, when your baby says it’s time to eat, your breasts are an open buffet. Friends and family members will be no strangers to your breasts. And you become very comfortable with just about anyone touching your breasts if it means they are helping you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

Spit Happens: You’ve just taken a shower – the first one you’ve had in days. You smell good, you look good and it’s time to breastfeed. You are proud that your baby is eating nicely, more than usual in fact. Then, as you’re burping as you always do, your baby spews more spit-up than you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t imagine that your baby even drank the amount of milk you see puddled on the floor, in your shoes and dripping down your clothes. How is that even possible?

Doorbell Feeding: You asked the repair guy to come before 1 p.m. when you know your baby will want to eat. But he’s not there by 1:05 p.m. so you start your feeding. At 1:07 p.m. the guy shows up and your baby is happily nursing. You know if you stop the feeding your baby will go ballistic. So you scoop up your baby still wearing your nursing pillow and answer the door. That’ll teach the repair guy to be on time!

Check Out My Stash: When friends come over to see your baby, you also show your stash of frozen milk. It’s your newest prized possession, besides your baby of course.

Who Turned on the Faucet?:  You desperately need to go to the grocery store because your pantry is down to cracker crumbs and your emergency can of soup. Daddy stays home with baby so you can run to the store. Of course your luxurious hour away to do the grocery shopping is met with everyone else’s baby crying in the store. And then suddenly you look down and you shirt is soaked with breast milk. So you push your card with your belly while keeping your hands folded across your chest.

What Not to Wear: Your wardrobe is all about functionality. Your first and foremost consideration is, “how long will it take me to get my breast out of this shirt.” If it has clasps (thank you nursing tanks!), buttons, zippers or wraps around your chest, it is acceptable. All other wardrobe options are dead to you.

Cry Over Spilt Milk: It always happens in slow motion and you literally cry about it for half an hour. Then you call everyone you know to tell them of your tragedy.

Babe or Baby’s Mom: Breastfeeding may be the first time in your life that you’ve had ample bosom. Your friends comment on your new curves and you can’t help but notice a few extra glances from men too. Take the compliment while you’ve got ‘em!

The Mommy Dream Feed: Your baby is up for the fourth feeding of the night and all you want to do is sleep. You close your eyes, just for a second, just to get one wink of satisfying sleep. Fifteen minutes later you are awakened because your baby is ready for the other breast. Wow, that was a great power nap at 3 a.m.!

Can I Borrow your Baby?: Your breast pump is broken or you left it at home and you’re in desperate need of relief. You wonder if someone will let you borrow their baby to feed.

Can you relate?