Breastfeeding – I love it for many, many reasons. But if I’m honest, I have to admit it’s done one heck of a number on my breasts. In fact, I think I feel them slipping behind my underarms right now…
I’ve had three kids within five years, each who have nursed for more than a year. My girls are like service dogs and deserve a medal at this point.
When child #3 began biting, I cringed but continued. My saving grace was the breast pump for times when, honestly, I was too frightened to feed a shark my nipple. I became quite friendly with my electronic pump and my kids would wander in when it was on and have conversations with me.
For those who have pumped, or seen a pump in action, you will appreciate this story, mostly because you know what the pump does to your nipple. It pulls/sucks it into the extension of the pump and well, stretches it. Some women use a pump exclusively, or maybe have pump-a-thons to increase supply, or like me hide from their biting babies with it.
If you use the pump a lot, your nipples can … well, elongate. And they certainly elongate in the machine while pumping. They DO shrink back after the pumping session but can look kind of strange in the meantime.
So, you can imagine, how strange this whole procedure was to a curious 3 year old boy who wandered into his mother’s room when he heard the electronic milking sound. Especially a potty trained 3 year old who’s aware of body parts. My son sat staring at me in action and just looking puzzled for the longest time.
Finally, he spoke, and pointed at my nipples in the pump.
“Mommy? What is your PENIS doing in there???”
And there you have it. Nothing more really to say.
Article contributed by Ann-Marie Burton, founder of momstown.ca