When my son was born, I started breastfeeding right away. Not doing so wasn’t an option in my mind. I was well aware of all the benefits for my child. Besides, my mom breastfed me and I promised her I would do the same.
My mom also told me to expect to feel hungry or thirsty or both while feeding my baby. She told me I might need to go to the bathroom, but that feeling just might vanish after the baby was done eating. I would need to increase my calorie intake and make sure I took in more calcium.
I listened, and anticipated all this and more when it came time for me to feed my newborn.
What I didn’t expect was the intense nausea. It lasted only a couple of seconds, but it was almost like I was back in the first trimester. I couldn’t eat or drink. If I was having dinner, I had to put down my fork. Food made me want to throw up.
A couple of seconds later and I was back to normal. I could eat and drink and forget those few seconds of overwhelming nausea.
I don’t know why it happened. My mom couldn’t tell me. My doctor had no answer. The Internet was no help. I figured it was just my body being weird. My son breastfed for a year and a half. For a year and a half I experienced nausea every time he ate.
I never forgot it after he was weaned. I remembered it when we decided to have a second baby. I thought about it the entire pregnancy. Was it going to happen again?
It still is.
Every time I feed my daughter I experience that intense nausea again. I know it will pass, so I am patient. I know to expect it. It’s a small price to pay for all the benefits it gives her and me. It’s only a few seconds, but I do wonder why I experience it.