Just when you think you’ve heard everything there is to know about breastfeeding, you stumble into so many other oddities you never imagined. Once you begin the journey yourself, you quickly realize that while every mom’s challenges are different, there are still quite a few things most breastfeeding moms can relate to in one way or another. One of those topics include the things no one tells you about your back when you’re breastfeeding. Because honestly, of all the breastfeeding stories and woes you hear, back issues never seem to come up until you start experiencing them for yourself.
In my experience, there were a lot of little aspects surrounding breastfeeding that would’ve been nice to know ahead of time. Things like you’ll want good, sturdy support for your back when you’re sitting down to breastfeed, and no matter how much you use breastfeeding support products, like pillows, it's going to physically wear on you. Even when my breast milk was just letting down, I would feel a tingly, weird dropdown feeling all the way into my back. And most importantly, the best breast feeding positions might not be the most traditional, in terms of the effects on your back. For as little as it’s brought up, it’s surprising how fundamental your back is to comfortable breastfeeding, soreness prevention, and overall nursing positioning.
If you’re wondering what to expect or curious whether you’re experiencing some of the same back issues that many other breastfeeding moms are, here are a few items you probably haven’t heard a lot of talk about just yet.