You know what's funny? Boobs. I mean really: they're sexy sacks of fat hanging off your chest. When you think about breasts in that way, they're pretty hysterical. But that's just a basic description of how they look. They also (or, you know, at least some of them) makefood for babies. Yes, that's miraculous and awe-inspiring and beautiful but it's also something that just kinda makes me giggle. But even when it comes to breastfeeding and the hilarity that can ensue, there are some awful, downright exhausting moments facilitated by feeding your child from your breasts. In other words, deciding and successfully feeding your baby from your magical chest sacks can be nothing short of awful. Have no fear, though, because even some of the terrible things about breastfeeding are funny when you look back at them.
Truly, is there a more powerful combination that shapes how we view ourselves and our experiences than time, perspective, and the re-balancing of hormones? There's so much, so very much, that is exquisitely absurd about almost everything child related. Even the crappy stuff can often be worthy of a chuckle at some point down the road, when you've sufficiently recovered (emotionally, or otherwise). Like that time in the late 70s when my uncle pretended to be dead to make my grandfather feel bad while they were vacationing in Bermuda, and then my grandfather cried and my uncle instantly felt bad and revealed the ruse, and then his brother and sisters shunned him for the rest of the vacation for being so heartless. At the time it was not funny but now his ridiculous hijinks is an infamous, hysterical family story.
In the immediate stress of birthing a child, learning to breastfeed a child, and navigating your life with a child, it's incredibly easy to miss the exquisite absurdity of every aspect of your experience, including (and perhaps particularly) breastfeeding. So, with that in mind and in an attempt to remind all mothers that it's okay to laugh at the tough stuff, here are 10 terrible things about breastfeeding that are funny when you look back at them.