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Breast Friends

breast friends

I didn’t think I’d get here but for the first time in like, ever, I’m starting to enjoy breastfeeding. Maybe *enjoy* is not quite the right word here. It’s less of “I’m enjoying my trip to Disneyworld” and more of “I’m enjoying not getting punched in the face”.

I still get the sinking feeling during let down but I’m learning to get that under control by focusing on the fun parts of breastfeeding. Yes, that was fun and breastfeeding in the sentence you just read.

That’s a big deal because for me, breastfeeding is usually accompanied by words like “painful, depressing and OMG WHEN IS THIS EVER GOING TO END???”

But after 5 months of latching on baby Finn, breastfeeding and I are now xoxo BFFs yayy!!

So here’s my list of breastfeeding fun times.

1. Running my fingers across his cheeks while he drinks. Sure, I can do this at other times but this boy is a squirmy one and the only time he’s immobile is when he’s attached to my boob. That’s 20 minutes of unlimited baby cheek access without any squirming.

2. Magical sandman powers. I try not to use it all the time but nursing is the best solution for a fussy baby. It doesn’t matter what he’s crying about – too hot, too cold, too bored, too tired, doesn’t matter, just pop out a boob and BAM, problem solved. He immediately settles down and his eyes roll back into his head like he’s under a potent sleep spell. It’s like I’m the magician and my boobs are…ok never mind.

3. Catching his gaze and being rewarded with a milky smile. Once in a while, my sleep magic doesn’t work and he glances up at me with those heart-melting baby eyes. And he breaks into a gummy, milky smile. And then my heart explodes with too much love.

4. The way he places one hand on my boob and grips my shirt with the other. Which basically says “ALL MINE! Keep off my property.” Strangely, I don’t mind it one bit.

5. Talking. Mostly, I do the talking while he does the drinking. Sometimes I tell him about my day. Other times, I tell him about how awesome he is and how glad we are to have him. And every day without fail, I get to tell him that he’s loved and special as he’s snuggled up in my arms.

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  • Reply Elaine January 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Aww… I missed all of that…
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    • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:22 am

      Have another one? :)

  • Reply Jen January 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’ll always love number 3.. But I don’t much of it anymore because my baby girl is big now and no more gummy smile instead an aching nipple because of biting.. Ahhh!!! Made me miss my little babies.. :D

    • Reply Jen January 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      *don’t get

      • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

        Finn just started the biting!! Good thing he doesn’t have teeth yet but he chomped down with his gums and it hurt like crazy! I’m hoping his teeth don’t come out for another few months.

  • Reply Anastacia January 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I just wanna say that even though I don’t have kids (I’m not even attached), I really enjoy reading your blog. Gives me a taste of what motherhood will be, not to mention, I really love your kids – they are just so adorable! :D Thank you for sharing your life stories with your kids with us!

    • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

      Thanks Anastacia!! That’s really sweet and glad you’re enjoying the blog. :)

  • Reply Fides January 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    My Gal is 2 and a half month.. i share the same sentiments as you. :D

    • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

      2.5 months is a really cute age! Enjoy the process :)

  • Reply SengkangBabies January 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Heartwarming, really blissful bonding between Mum and child :)
    Maybe BMSG ( can invite you to be nursing advocate.
    SengkangBabies´s last post ..Singapore’s oldest playgrounds

  • Reply qiu xian January 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

    That picture of Finn, too precious!

  • Reply Jullie January 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Well, I’m doing this now. It’s such an enjoyable thing to do. :) I’m glad I have my no 2 and I can start BFing again!! ;)

    • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Yeah it’s strangely very therapeutic. Definitely better than the whole pumping process.

  • Reply Sara January 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Awww I totally understand those sentiments! It took me awhile to get into the hang of this breastfeeding thing but right now I’m totally enjoying the experience.

    • Reply Daphne February 1, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Yeah the first few weeks are the toughest but once they get the hang of nursing, it’s really quite special. :)

  • Reply Pooja February 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hah! My daughter is nearly 13M and I do #2 all the time. As my pediatrician says, “USE THE TOOLS YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN!”

    • Reply Daphne February 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      LOL! And nice to know that it still works at 13M!

  • Reply arielyxt April 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Haha talk about possessiveness! Breastfeeding encourages bonding ( between mother and baby indeed. Finn knows what’s good for him haha and I love this line, “ALL MINE! Keep off my property.”

  • Reply SAMNANG April 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hey Daphne,

    Very pleased and excited to read through your blog. It’s one of my favorite thing to do at my free time. Though Im a man, but I am truly amazed to see what you described here (emotionally touching). Looking forward to hear the next process!

    Lucky (En’s name)

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