I just learned a "shocking" thing about motherhood!
Every Wednesday afternoon, I take a walk to the community health centre to see how much weight Alice gained. It is also a great opportunity to chat with the nurse about whatever concerns I might have.
Two weeks ago, while on the scale, Alice regurgitated (projectile) a lot of milk on the nurse. Covered with "cottage cheese", she strongly advised me to feed Alice after she weights her. She also told me that this would be an opportunity for me to meet the "breastfeeding club".
The week after, I arrived with an empty Alice and joined the group of women. Since I can be a bit timid, I decided to stay in the background before I introduced myself. Quietly sitting with Alice attached to my breast, I listened to all the conversations. After a while (Alice was really taking her time to eat), it struck me...mothers can be pretty mean to each other!
Everything looks like a competition: my stroller is better than yours, my baby walked earlier than yours, my diaper bag is more practical than yours, my nursery is more stylish than yours, etc. A bunch of teenage girls picking at each other was the image that came to my mind while I was getting ready to leave the scene.
And when I shared my observations with my friends, they told me that I must have been living under a rock because competition between mothers seems to be a well know fact!
But a question remains: why?
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susanna n.: Did you have a manual or an electric pump? I got a manual one but I don't know if I should have invested in an electric one.
jamie: So, did it work well?
one claire day: Um! That must be painful! I'm not a pump expert but maybe you could ask a "breastfeeding" nurse or something. It felt pretty good to go out with my friend...not that I don't want to be with Alice but you know! For me the breathing thing really helped...and not doing it in front of a friend!!!
a loopy life: I'm so happy to know that baby H also doesn't burp all the time. That nurse freaked me out. Alice also farts a lot...very loud!!!
sid.: Well, as much as I hated that nurse, it is also because of her that breastfeeding is that simple for Alice and I. But, you know, she also made me cry a few times!!! When she would come in my room I would look at Dan with a "please don't leave me alone with her" face!
pauper: I also produce a lot of milk and I started to have some "problems" because Alice can sleep 5-6 hours at night. So when I wake up, there is milk everywhere and it can be a bit painful. I don't really know what to do. I don't want to have blocked milk clots!!!