10 Nov – Janet Hsieh is finding out more things about being a mother for the first time, and in her latest Facebook post, she admits that breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks.
"I don't know about you, but I always thought breastfeeding was going to be super-duper easy, natural, and [instinctive]. Otherwise, how would a baby survive, right? Well, turns out, I was wrong," she started.
Janet, who is going through her confinement period at a postpartum centre in Taiwan, shared that she is lucky to have nurses helping her with how to feed her son Egan and learning more about breastfeeding, including the fact that there are three basic ways to do it and that it burns a lot of calories.
However, she also admitted that it is a painful experience.
"It's not all the glamour and motherly love that you see in some Instagram photos. Sorry. There will be times when your baby wants to feed and you literally want to cry. You may dread feeding your baby because you know the pain that you will be in.
"Your nipples will go through hell. And hopefully come back. But until then, they will be in hell. (It kind of feels like getting little paper cuts on your nipples. Continuously for about 30 minutes and then again every 2-3 hours). The first latch of each feeding session will make you want to cry and then you eventually get used to the pain."
Janet also assured new mummies that it is okay if there isn't enough milk to feed the baby in the first few days as it is all part of the process, as long as you listen to the doctor's advice.
"I have no idea how long I will breastfeed for and it's great for all mothers to have so many options these days (breastfeed, pump, formula). There's no right or wrong and just do what you can, and do what you think is best for you and your baby. So, to all the mothers out there, hang in there!," she added.
(Photo Source: Janet Hsieh Instagram)