It all started with Egg being tired in the first 24 hours of his life. I couldn’t get his mouth open enough for a proper latch and even though I knew my nipples would pay for it I didn’t want to make Egg go without food. Poor latch turned into scabs turned into mastitis (breast infection) in my right breast turned into OMG super fucking painful nursing on that side turned into Egg saying, “WTF? I am not nursing on that side if you’re going to stiffen and gasp every time I do.” So…I gave up on home remedies, called my OB and got on antibiotics to take care of the mastitis. I hate being on antibiotics fucking AGAIN but I need Righty and I don’t want to be forced into renaming her Painfully Lumpy.
During the painful nursing time I found that putting Egg on Lefty for about 50% of his feed on that side and then switching him to Righty worked. He would be totally into the nursing groove and not want to stop enough that he only objected to Righty a little bit. I let him finish off Righty and then he would go back to Lefty and finish that side. So although it took some trickery Righty has not suffered beyond the craptasticness of mastitis. Each day that I nurse on Righty without pain Egg is more open to nursing on that side. Don’t worry mah peeps, I shall not let the Egg neglect Righty. I also purchased the most expensive probiotics known to man (or so it seems) to start the instant I get off antibiotics. All I need right now is a case of thrush to deal with, right?
Aside from the stupidity of mastitis, nursing is wonderful. I was so looking forward to it and I am so glad that my boobies have cooperated. Anyone need cream for their coffee? For their whole household and their office? My cup runneth over and down the front of me throughtout the day. Even when Egg decides that a 2 or 3 hour nursing marathon is mandatory I am good to go. YAY for my body working for once without a lot of hassle.
Egg LOVES the boobies. Although he sometimes gets irritated at Righty, his routine is so endearing. He’ll take a taste test, lick it, sniff it while curling his nose up and then decide that it is edible. With Lefty he tends to get my milk to let down (which takes seconds at this point) and then rub half his face in it while snuffling happily. The kid is just overjoyed to have boobies of his very own. He always lets go once he is done feeding, and just plops his head down on my breast contently with his face smeared with milk. It is hard to do anything else while he is eating because it is so wonderful just to watch him nurse.
I am so ridiculously in love with Egg and enjoying ever minute of being with him. TB and I agreed that if it were possible to get pregnant again RIGHT NOW we would do it. Luckily we can’t, because I’m sure in the coming months we will be exhausted and have our hands overfull. But right now? This is the best thing in the world and I wish everyone could have this experience.