The most commom dream I’ve been having since becoming pregnant is about breastfeeding. It’s the part of motherhood I look forward to most (so I sure hope it works for me!). Probably because I’ve had a large chest my whole life and hope that it hasn’t all been for nothing!
A few weeks ago I had a dream that someone presented me with my baby days after I had given birth. I had forgotten that I had given birth, and when I realized it was my baby, I panicked that I hadn’t fed it and it was starving to death. I started to breastfeed it and the feeling was amazing. It was like the baby was sucking love from me, and it forgave me for the neglect in a few gulps.
I had a similar dream this week with foggy details, but again I was presented with my baby and was engorged on top. I put him/her to my breast and the feeling of relief was amazing. I sure hope it’s that incredible in real life!
I’ve heard the first few weeks can be really hard, so I’m prepared for that. My mom swears by “nipple roughing,” meaning taking a towel or your fingers and literally desensitizing your nipples in preparation for the physical demands of breastfeeding. I’ve heard this also on Pregtastic that another woman’s mother swears by it. It doesn’t sound like the most fun thing, but I bet it does work. Do any of you have any experience with that!?
This morning as I woke up, I was half dreaming, half awake, lying on my side. In this transition state, I felt like something was tickling my stomach from within. Like there was a little mouse in there running up the side of my uterus wall. It went on for about 30 seconds, and I woke up in the process SURE that this was the baby waking me up. It was like feathers being brushed on my stomach from the inside. I haven’t felt any major movements, and they seem to only come when I lie really still like when I’m reading or first waking up, but this was by far the coolest one yet!
And one more tiny boobalicious tidbit: not only have my breasts started another growth spurt this week (darn!), but I swear the borders of my nipples have too. It’s like the pigment is changing on the skin just outside and thus the whole thing has increased in diameter. I’ve had random twinges and pains too. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!
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