Ah, sleep deprivation. I felt like I couldn’t go five steps as a pregnant woman before someone stopped me to crack a joke about how I should kiss my rested, sleep-having, non-parenting life goodbye. Of course, once my son arrived, I realized that it's not entirely as bad as everyone makes it out to be but it also definitely is and, well, night feedings are a big reason why. There are so many things every new mom wishes she knew about night feedings; things that should be discussed beyond the typical, "Yeah, you're going to be pretty exhausted," comment.
It's not like the logistics of night feedings come naturally to any one human. I mean, why would it? Do any of us randomly wake up at 2 am, get out of our warm bed, stumble around our dark house then either get our breasts out or prepare a bottle, just because? I suppose it’s possible that’s what you do for fun, but I certainly didn’t. I mean, unless it involved alcohol and a few drunken nights, in which case that’s not actually all that far from my truth. Kidding. Sort of.
So, honestly, being awakened by shrill cries, forcing myself to my feet, dealing with poopy diapers, and then struggling to get a successful latch was not, and never will be, fun. Then again, once my little guy was nestled in my arms and I could admire his chubby cheeks (seriously, so chubby) and appreciate his snuggly footie pajamas and soft hair and his quiet slurps, there was something peaceful and, dare I say, lovely about the whole thing. Like, just him and me, me and him, mom and baby all alone in a quiet house, having a moment. Once you can get past the exhausting logistics of the whole thing, night feedings aren't that terrible, which is just one of the many things I think every new mom should know about them.
Of course, the list doesn't stop there. Here are nine additional things every new mom probably (read: definitely) wishes she knew about breastfeeding. Arm yourself with knowledge, new moms. I promise, it will help you get through even the most sleep-deprived of evenings.