I've Got Boobs and I Know How To Use Them

My boobs are all business these days. I'm a breastfeeding mami, which means no more clubbing in tube tops! Breastfeding came naturally for me thanks to Dessa's God-given instincts. Thank goodness, too, because I was pretty heavily drugged those first few hours (days even) after my C-section.

I know lots of mamis who love to breastfeed, and ala Salma, find it quite addicting. I liken it to having a super power (who wouldn't want one?) and am proud to fall into this category. Then there are women (including some I know and love dearly) who for whatever reason can't breastfeed – it's too painful, too emotionally draining, their baby won't latch on properly – the reasons could go on and on. Finally, there are the middle of the road ladies who could take it or leave it. It doesn't make them feel warm and fuzzy, but it also doesn't make them nauseous.

It ultimately doesn't matter what category you fall into. At the end of the day we're all just trying to raise healthy babies, regardless of our boobs. Still, I figured I'd share some of the things I've learned to make breastfeeding easier. And remember, I'm not a nurse, doctor or boob expert!

1) Take at least one class on breastfeeding and bring someone with you. You might be too tired or drugged up after labor to be able to remember what you learned.

2) Get a nursing pillow. I thought they were dumb at first (really, a pillow shaped like a U? Give me a break!) Well, I now own two – one for the house and one for the car.

3) Be really, really prepared to have bigger breasts than you ever imagined possible (this coming from a D-cup girl). Your milk will come in and it's like two large flying saucers landed on your chest. The tip here? It can be painful so get a pump, even a manual one, so that you can get some relief.

4) Make sure you have cheerleaders. Ok, maybe not cheerleaders, but make sure people have your back. Jeremy's got mine and it totally makes a difference. A support system is key.

5) Get some leaky boob pads. Even if you don't end up breastfeeding these totally come in handy so you don't have any embarrassing moments.

6) Know that your baby will want to nurse a lot. It can suck the life out of you. As soon as you're done, he/she will want to eat again seconds later. Prepare for this mentally…I've gotten it firsthand from my formula/combo mamis that this is the hardest hurdle to get over.

If you want more technical help go here and here. Be warned: these are very pro-breastfeeding so they may come across as a bit preachy, but the medical/technical information is excellent.

For the mamis who use formula or a combo of breast milk and formula, what system did you have to make it work for you?