Monday, April 11, 2011

Dark Side of Nursing

Have you ever wondered why you never hear about the dark side of nursing?  All you hear about are all the wonderful benefits you and your child get by nursing your baby.  Even the American Academy of Pediatrics promotes breast feeding until at least the age of 6 months.  Let me let you in on a secret, there is a dark side.

A dark side you ask?  Yes, a dark side.  I'm talking about when you're child is sick, with a runny nose take a guess where all that snot ends up.  Ding ding ding!  You got it, your boob.  With all these colds I've had the runny boogers that kind of flows down my chest if I'm not quick.  The sticky ones, that connect us even when she moves her head.  The snot bubbles that expand with each exhale and pops on contact leaving a beautiful snot circle.

I'm also talking about the crumbs.  The half eaten gunk that wasn't completely swallowed before she started to nurse.  The sticky spot that sometimes gets missed on her hands or face after washing up.  The crumbs that fall down my shirt while she's pounding on my chest for more "booboo".

Let's not forget the trauma to the lady lumps.  The biting, pinching and twisting that they go through.  Is your baby teething?  Does your baby like to chew on stuff while they're teething?  Then you understand what it feels like the times your sweet child "accidentally" mistook your nipple for a teething toy.  My child also has this little quirk that she's done since she popped out.  She absolutely HAS TO twist the other nipple while she's nursing.  I don't know why, but she does.

Even with all these things the good blows that bad out of the water.  The bond you and your child share while your nursing, can't beat it.  The dark side of nursing is kinda funny and kinda gross but in my opinion it adds to my memories.  Do you have something to add?  What's the dark side of nursing you've experienced?

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