From: The Arctic Circle
So speaking as a woman who has lactated naturally *and* used breast pumps...., this is a fantabulous fantasy and all, but the reality of it is you're looking at extremely chaffed/cracked nipples, the potential of infection, and, if you happen to induce lactation, hormonal craziness which makes PMS look like a picnic.
Lactation - ur doin it rong. I'm a doula, a former mother/baby Nurse Technician, and a mom who breastfed and pumped exclusively for two years (he was allergic to formula, so had his last drop of it at about two weeks old). Breastfeeding or pumping done with proper technique, equipment sterilization, and support should not cause pain, chafing, or infection. Hormonal craziness varies from woman to woman - I found that breastfeeding had a very calming affect on me mentally with few to no physical side affects, certainly nothing that could be described as craziness.
I see that the OP isn't looking for a breast pump at all, but I couldn't let this go by without commenting. Young woman are scared enough of childbirth and breastfeeding without our adding to their fear by airing our (avoidable) horror stories.
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