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My Boobs Are Like Rocks!

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Ladies, you know what I mean.

woman clutching chest

Angela Chee: As if giving birth wasn't painful enough -- after you come home from the hospital, your boobs turn into rocks. They're hard, painful boulders that you have to carry around and then feed your baby with every two hours. Please don't be jealous. I'm a D to start with, but now I think I'm a G or H. I don't know for sure, because I really don't have a bra that size. It's like I look in the mirror and I have an alien chest. My milk is coming in and I'm engorged.

I've breastfed before, so I was expecting this, but I still hate the first few days of breastfeeding. My nipples are sore and cracked, and my breasts are swollen. I know it will be better in a few days, but it's still painful in the meantime. I know it's all worth it in the end, but it's a lot of effort.

I need to keep feeding every two hours or so for my baby, but I also need her to eat so I don't explode. One night she slept almost 3 1/2 hours -- as most of you know, that's a big deal for a newborn. I dreaded it, but I woke her up to feed. She needed it, and I needed to build my milk supply. Plus, I don't want to get mastitis. After the last baby, I didn't know what hit me. I started getting uncontrollable chills, fever, and my breasts were red and swollen. I ended up beating it without antibiotics, but it wasn't fun.

Ah, the joys of breastfeeding. Someday my breasts will be mine again, or my husband's -- for now, they are milk machines working 24-hour shifts.

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LindsayDianne January 7, 2010, 9:07 AM

I remember that soreness, but in the end it’s so worth it. Lanolin is your best friend.

Suzette January 7, 2010, 9:09 AM

I feel your pain,too. But I’m at a different stage: Hitting 50 and full on Menopause!
The rock-hard boob thing comes back, and it’s a pain, again!

hillary January 7, 2010, 8:26 PM

UM YEAH! i’m breastfeeing my second baby and the first few months are killer as I had overproduction. masatitus, thrush so much fun. and besides having two hard VERY painful lumps on my chest i’m the only one who can get up to fed baby all night long….i never knew the sacrifices a mother makes until i became one myself. breastfeeding is one of the selfless things a women can do :)

Anonymous January 8, 2010, 6:05 AM

This is why I chose not to breastfeed. But kudos to those who do!

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 3:22 PM

Nice article! Nice reading. I have got a small thing to make about shirts.

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