As a first time mom, I'm finding that the things I was nervous about (late night crying, projectile poop, unidentified wet spots) are surprisingly easy to deal with! I realize the hardest thing about being a new mom is feeling normal again. After my stitches healed from tearing during labor (they're not 100% healed, but they've dissolved and I feel better from that), I now feel... odd about BF.
Don't get me wrong, I want to BF my 6 week old because I know all of the benefits are worth it. But all of the baggage that comes with it gets to me at times. I've heard so many people say it's such a bonding experience, but no matter what I do, it feels like a huge chore more than anything else. Part of that might be because it takes my DD an hour per feeding (LC says she's just a slow eater and likes to be "thorough" with her meals) and eats just about every 2 hours during the day. My nipples are sore almost all the time and sometimes my breasts are sore after a feeding (but not always). Night engorgement is annoying and I don't like having to wear nursing pads everyday nor do I like having to ignore most of my wardrobe and spend money on new pieces because not everything wears for easy access.
I know all of this is pretty normal and all my BFing friends have assured me the "it gets better." And I know that what normal used to be is in the past and my new normal will somehow find its place. But I'm curious... what things have you all done to help yourselves become more comfortable with all those changes and feel overall better emotionally about BF and all that comes with it?