I might be wrong in saying that 'no one told me' this, but I certainly didn't attend to the information if it was offered. Maybe it is one of those things you hear and think 'oh that won't be me' but I am hear to tell you, there is a reason breastfeeding helps you take off the pregnancy weight! It is work! I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I feed Colin no less than 8 hours a day total. When they tell you to feed a newborn every 2-3 hours, that means start time to start time. Colin is a bit of a lazy eater so he will go 20 mins on a side before I have to remove him and then offer the other side. So that means I feed him for about an hour (when you count burping time and a diaper change in between sides) and then try to put him down to sleep (he doesn't fall asleep on his own very well yet) which leaves me about 40 mins before I have to start all over again. That isn't really that much time to get something to eat, use the facilities or 'nap'! Seriously I don't know how people have more than one child! Maybe it is just because I'm new at this but I am totally 'stuck' while breastfeeding. I can barely lean over to grab my water off the coffee table, let alone get up to answer the phone. How does one attend to a 2nd child (or more) while breastfeeding an infant?!?
I used to think that with all the research saying how much better breastfeeding is, why would anyone NOT breastfeed. Well yeah, I get it now, they don't tell you how much work it really is! And until pumping starts, its all on 'Mom'.