- Cuddling with baby (I can’t think of anything that tops that)
- No more heartburn!
- Breastfeeding actually feels pretty cool once your nipples are broken in
- I can wear my wedding ring again! And most of my clothes
- I can drink alcohol again. Not that I actually do, but I have the option to (if I time it right with breastfeeding, or we have pumped milk ready to go)
- Netflix for HOURS
Some not-so-cool things:
- Breastfeeding sucks for a week or two, until your nipples get used to it
- LEAKING. ALL. THE. TIME.
- Healing from the episiotomy
- Tough decisions, such as: put her down to shower, or keep cuddling? (almost always chose the latter, not gonna lie)
- Changing her diaper. Immediately after changing her diaper.
- Realizing that I should have taken that nap when I had the chance, cause now she’s dead set on crying all night and I’m too tired to keep my eyes open
I had a hard time breastfeeding at first. Not as hard as some people, for sure, but it was still hard for me. She had a perfect latch right away, so I never had to worry about that part, but I had a lot of pain the first two weeks. I ended up with milk blisters on both sides almost right away, and I had shooting pain on the left side anytime I tried to nurse on that side (but no other signs to indicate any issues). I had to stop nursing from the left side for a few days and exclusively pump from that side, and when I tried it again there was almost no pain whatsoever. Definitely glad I gave myself that break.