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Brushes are for Hair!

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: Breastfeeding Blog Hop | 2 Comments »

I’m a little late to the party, fashionably late?

When I was first pregnant I knew I wanted to nurse. I wanted to so badly but in the beginning (before I really knew anthing about the process) I really had no idea how it all worked. I’d look at my breasts and wonder how this was all going to go down. I would look at my nipples and wonder where exactly the milk was going to come out. (I’m guessing those two sentences are going to bring some lovely Google searches to my page.)

Anyways, I kept reading about how I needed to prep my nipples. With a rough towel. With pinching. With a HAIR BRUSH.

Really? That sounds about as fun as oh, I don’t know, removing my tattoos with sandpaper.

Whoever started this “you have to prep your nipples” business should be sentenced to a life of having their most sensitive body parts prepped with a hairbrush for the rest of their life*.

I am glad I chose to skip over that chapter- although breastfeedign was a struggle, it was never because of issues with my nipples (except that period when we had thrush).

In the months leading up to your birth- treat your nips nice! Lanolin, colostrum, lotions..whatever. Those beauties are going to be working overtime soon enough. Try not to make them irritated and sore before baby arrives.

*Maybe they would like that though. I’m guessing there are people who do. And I suppose that is just fine if that is your thing. It’s not my thing. Just sayin’.

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2 Comments on “Brushes are for Hair!”

  1. 1 Emily @ Love{&}Bugs said at 4:48 pm on May 4th, 2012:

    Oh yes! Prepping your nipples. I forgot to mention that in my post. What awful advice for those poor mothers!!

  2. 2 Laotian Commotion said at 6:23 pm on May 4th, 2012:

    I've heard about this but I thought, "Oh hell to the no!" That's ridiculous! I barely wanted to stimulate my nipples per my "med"-wife's instructions for "natural" induction. Eeks, I can't imagine brushing those bad boys!
    My recent post Why I’m Not Sorry about Breastfeeding Problems

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