“Breast is best” we’ve all heard it. What they don’t tell you is breastfeeding is the hardest thing you will probably ever do. In that first week at home with my new baby, I considered throwing in the towel about a hundred times and I realized why so many mom’s don’t breastfeed, or stop.
My baby latched well in hospital, but it was a completely different story when we got home and I was on my own with her. I ended up with a starving, screaming baby. I didn’t invest in a breast pump before I had my baby, because I wasn’t sure if it would be wasted or not, should I not be able to breastfeed. I did however get given a manual breast pump, so I did have that handy. It was NOT for me. I found it harsh and painful (maybe I wasn’t doing it right). It also only made my breasts more engorged.