As a new mom, you've probably already experienced a host of new and weird things happening to your body. Breastfeeding is no exception. You may have fantasized about staring lovingly into your baby's eyes as you enjoyed peaceful nursing sessions, or easily pumping out exactly enough milk to keep your baby satisfied while you go back to work or enjoy a little break. The reality, however, may prove to be entirely different. If you are wondering how pumping will affect you, you should know some of the weird things your body will do when you're pumping for the first time.
Expressing breast milk by hand or with a pump can be a great way to keep some of that precious liquid gold on reserve for the times when you aren't around to nurse. But in the beginning, you may realize that pumping isn't as easy as it appears on television and in your baby books. Sore nipples, blisters, and even painful uterine cramps are the unfortunate but common side effects of pumping.
But don't let that stop you from nursing your new baby. Once your body gets the hang of breastfeeding, you'll find that much of the discomfort will subside, and you'll have plenty of other new weird things to deal with.