Thursday, March 25, 2010

Warning: This post talks about a certain body part that rhymes with “Wipple.” So, if you are embarrassed by “Wipple”s, or if you are my father, you might want to skip this one.

 

 

Breastfeeding hurts.

Ignore all of the La Leche League propaganda, and talk to real women around you.

I would be surprised if you could find a woman who doesn’t find the whole experience painful during the first few days or weeks. (It does get better after that, thank heaven.)

My dad even claims that my mother would actually scream whenever I latched on.  And he is risking death by ratting her out, so I would tend to believe him.

My sister has scars on her nipple from her three kids.

Some women, in extreme cases have even LOST THEIR NIPPLE.  But don’t worry, folks, it grows back. (Comforting?  If my nipple started to look like it might fall off, my baby’s first word would be FORMULA…)

Ranging from slightly sore, to writhing around and kicking your legs during latch-on, everyone I have talked to has been there.

I tend to be in the writhing around, and kicking my legs camp.  Unfortunately for me.  And my nipple.

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I was hoping that this time would be better.

After all, since having Joseph, my nipples have been less like play things and more like…well…my elbow?  A knob of leather?  Not really much sensation.

But then, Isaac the Barracuda came along.

And so did the writhing.

Oh, the pain, people, the pain.

And yes, my latch was perfect.  So, riddle me that?

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At one point, Isaac even vomited blood.

A scary event for any new mom as they instantly think, “Why is my baby bleeding internally?!”

Well, good news, it was just my nipple.

That’s right, folks, my nipple was cracked and bleeding and Isaac was swallowing blood. 

But wait, there’s more.

After that I got thrush.

and then a blood blister.

And then the crack kept opening up every time I fed him, causing tears to literally come to my eyes.

When it was time for him to nurse on that side, I would feel slightly nauseous.

At one point I even sobbed and told my sister, “Isn’t pain the body’s way of telling you to STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING?!”

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This has continued until about 2 weeks ago, when I finally used a nipple shield on that side for a few days, applied neosporin by the pound, and the crack finally healed.

After 5 weeks of misery, all is well and it doesn’t hurt anymore. 

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I am so proud of myself for muscling through.

Especially for a baby who will, most likely, grow up and forget to call me, ever, unless his wife reminds him.

My nipple will never be the same (sorry, Brian.)

And my sacrifice is thus recorded, so that I can remind my kids what my nipple has given them.

Life.

Milk.

(and blood.)

 

7 comments:

ter@waaoms said...

you have a talent for complaining in a way that sounds humorous. When I complain... well, it sounds like a complaint!

(nipples grow back? I didn't know that... I don't think I'd want to find out if that's true or not!)

Simfreak111 said...

Now, I have no experience with breast feeding, but I do know that an open wound on your nipple hurts. Thanks for your comment on my blog, it means a lot to here that my writing style is working. I like your writing style as well, because it reminds of my own. Complaining is necessary sometimes, especially if it is about sensitive things like nipples. Glad that you share these ramblings with the world. It kind of made my day.

T Rex Mom said...

So sad you had to experience this. But from the looks of it, you have definite evidence that Isaac is getting sufficient nutrients! Wow! I am sure he drarfs T Rex Princess!

Speaking of which, I better go - she is on a day time sleeping strike. For the past couple days she only wants to sleep from midnight to 8:30 am. Now if T Rex would keep those hours, we'd be set! See you soon!

britney said...

I was going to totally agree with the "pain is your body's way of saying stop" thing but I have to admit that now you are officially the strongest woman (in her 20's, so as to not offend my mother)that I know. Good for you because formula is so expensive $$$ and smells way worse than breast milk when burped in your face.

Jenners said...

OK ... wow. That was kind of gross. I didn't know nipples could grow back. But Ter is right .. you have a knack for making things as horrific as this very amusing for us.

septembermom said...

You are one warrior mama! You did it Caitlin. I know how much those little ones can make your hurt. I'm cringing now remembering those days with my 4 biters.

Didn't know about nipples growing back? See you taught us something today :)

Nina said...

Yes, I do remember that pain all to well. I use to get so mad when someone would say that I wasn't latching him correctly. I think it just takes time for our poor nipples to adjust to the abuse.

I had really bad pain with my youngest and pumped that side just because I couldn't bear the thought of him hurting it anymore. Of course the pump didn't feel the best either.

It is nice when we get past all the pain and it is easier.