The 5 Phases of Breastfeeding {in gifs}

The 5 Phases of Breastfeeding {in gifs}

I had so much fun with my 5 Phases of Cloth Diapering post that I decided I had to do it again, this time for breastfeeding!  These phases are more closely based on my own breastfeeding experience and while everyone may not find it matches perfectly I think most moms who are or have breastfed will find a few phases they can relate to *cough touched out cough*

Phase 1: I made dis and it’s mine!


There’s nothing else in the world like the newborn snuggles and skin-to-skin contact when nursing that brand new baby.  In fact, you may find the baby doesn’t leave your side (or boobs) for more than a collective few hours a day.  It’s pure bliss for you and baby and helps establish your milk supply too.  #alldayallnight #imadedis #skintoskin

Source: Funny Cats and Nice Fish

Phase 2:  Butter me…….  


All that day and night nursing can take a toll on those nipples, even babies with perfect latches and experienced moms can still end up with a little soreness or dryness.  Nipple butter and soothing heat are a mom’s best friend during this time.  #butterallthenipples #pauladeenknowsbutter #pretendthosetatersarenipples #sfw #emab #earthmama

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Phase 3: I need a jacket….


The newborn days are over but your milk production didn’t get that memo. While at work or out running errands you may find a jacket handy just in case a baby cries nearby. That or remember to stuff your bra with nursing pads! #letdown #wetshirt #suzeormanlovesjackets

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Phase 4:  These things are amazing!


Breastmilk and boobs are the cure for everything!  Baby crying?  Stick a boob in it.  Baby tired?  Stick a boob in it.  Pink eye?  Squirt some milk in it.  The benefits of breastfeeding  have proven themselves worth all the nipple buttering from the first few months.  #boobscureall #stickaboobinit #havesomemilk

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Phase 5:  Can you just get off me….


Even moms who love breastfeeding and can’t imagine it will ever have to end can relate to that “touched out” feeling.  When those babies get older, and bigger, and handsier, things can be too much for one person to take.  Between the toddler gymnurstics and twiddling and the fact that their little body is now generating a sun’s worth of heat… it takes a toll.  Sometimes this is when mom says she is ready to move on or the baby/toddler decide they are ready to let go.  Either way eventually it ends and the feeling is bittersweet.  Still, no matter how long the nursing relationship lasted you know it was worth it.  #touchedout #getoffme #istillloveyou

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  • Jill Williams Krause

    Well, this is pure brilliance right here. I believe I’m at stage 4.5.

    • MamaBennie

      I am definitely will you, Jill. Although, baby #3 is particularly bittersweet.

  • hayley s

    Hahaha yessss…. I’m definitely feelin’ #5 here…. my little guy is 15 months and seems to want to nurse constantly some days. But I feel bad trying to quit now that he is getting molars in…. -_- oh well, it’s still great to have the time together! Love the post!

  • haha Love this. 🙂 Totally and completely true.

  • Betty Jane

    this is great

  • emadel

    absolute truth. i hover between 4 and 5 currently.

  • Shelly D

    haha- gymnurstics. That’s the perfect word! Totally there. Pull cover in place, check you’re not exposed, you’re good for a few calm breaths, fast squirmy baby pulls/throws/kicks the nursing cover, repeat every 45 seconds for 15 minutes. Lol