The price of breastfeeding
Electric double breast pump: $300
Lactation consultant #1: $140
Lactation consultant #2: $95
Prescription nipple ointment: $50
Nursing bras, breast shells, nipple shields, lanolin ointment, nursing pads, etc.: $80
Weeks of inflamed, cracked and/or bleeding nipples: $??
Kink in the neck and sore back muscles: $??
Finally feeling you’ve got the hang of breastfeeding and giving your baby the best nutrition: Priceless
Yes, even though nursing is still painful at latch-on and I sometimes feel raw at the end of the day, I think it’s going to work. I’m still clumsy at it. You won’t see me nursing in front of anyone, probably for a long time yet. But I’ll keep going.
I’m grateful to everyone who posted encouraging words after my griping about breastfeeding because otherwise I wouldn’t have known there are others who suffer with nursingitis. Besides your comments, nothing I read, heard or watched indicated nursing could be so hard. Just knowing other women admit it's hard -- that nursing can litereally suck -- helped me so much. Flybaby would probably be drinking formula if it weren't for you all. There's nothing wrong with formula -- heck, I was raised on that, along with regular ol' cow's milk -- but when you really want to breastfeed, formula is a second choice.
Power to the blog!
This is what I love about reading others' blogs. When people can write about their trials and make them funny, that's so fun to read. But I really love it when people use blogs to offer hope and encouragement.