The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Here’s what a few reluctant-to-breastfeed women like you learned from their own experiences.
Julia Tai, 29, mother of Samantha, 9 months
Then: “The whole idea of somebody latching on to my breast was just strange.”
Now: “A few hours after Samantha was born, the nurse brought her to me and I said, ‘OK, I’ll try.’ A month later, I really started to like it. Now I love having her close, and I’m paranoid she’s going to detach from me.”
Mindy Strauss, 43, mother of Will, 6; and Jesse, 3
Then: “I thought, I’ll never breastfeed—it would tie me to the baby too much. I thought it was what hippies did. I also worried that it would hurt and my breasts would get saggy.”
Now: “It was difficult at first. But it got easier, and in a few months, I didn’t feel tied down at all—I could breastfeed, talk on the phone and cook dinner at the same time! Sure, after two pregnancies my breasts are saggy, but who cares if I ever wear a bikini again?”
Jenna Coito, 36, mother of Sophie Bella, 2; and Sasha Laurel, 4 months
Then: “A friend came over with a breastfeeding goodie bag, which included an electric pump, a hand pump, a pillow, bras, pads—all sorts of paraphernalia. I thought the whole deal seemed all-consuming and complicated.”
Now: “At first it was all-consuming, but within a few weeks, the baby and I got better at it. Besides, you’d have to be sitting there with a bottle, so what’s the difference? Once I got the hang of it, I realized it’s way easier than mixing formula and sterilizing and warming bottles. It’s the ultimate have-food-will-travel.”