Said no one ever.
I wish I'd been a little more prepared for it. I devoted too much time to preparing for the birth, and taking care of the baby, and not enough learning how to feed her.
It's important, feeding a baby, but I thought it would be easy and natural. It's natural, but the farthest thing from easy for most women. I wish somebody had told me:
Latch is VERY important
Babies need a lot of help latching on
Latching on is very hard
Bad latches hurt
After a few weeks, baby will try to help latch
This does not help
Those little flailing arms make a hard job harder
There will be less milk at night
There will be more milk in the morning
Feeding a baby is one of the most enjoyable experiences in life
There SHOULD NOT be any pain if the baby is on properly
Annalise was such a little trouper those first two weeks. Feeding was agony. And it just got worse and worse. Finally I pumped and gave a bottle for a few days. I know a lot of people were praying for me those days, and on Thursday, when she was almost three weeks old, I decided to try nursing again, and it was perfect! Definitely answered prayer.
I'm also getting used to feeding her in public! I fed her at a theater last weekend, and as it took me a moment to get her latched on, Garrett told me he was glad we had an empty row of seats in front of us, because I guess I was leaking a stream of milk and didn't realize it. I got his arm, and I'm so glad I didn't hit somebody's neck or head, haha! Imagine explaining that...