Breastfeeding is often referred to as the 4th trimester. And rightly so, it should receive at least the same amount of information and detail as any other developmental changes during your first three trimesters.
During this 4th trimester big changes are happening. Your boobs are now making milk on an hourly basis, you and your baby are getting to know each other.
This brings a new postpartum identity of body changes, perhaps a funny soft unstable belly, swollen breasts and soreness and also the emotional changes of being a mum and the responsibility this brings.
Your baby will also go through massive changes during this 4th trimester. If you are breastfeeding, these next three months will probably mean you are inseparable. Now you can hold your child actively and physically in your arms, and your boobs keep baby nourished endlessly.
The 4th trimester also brings a lot more physical challenges, from extreme tiredness to sleep deprivation, to physical exhaustion from endless feedings. Usually after the first three months things will rapidly change, your baby will space out feedings, routines will be established, and things will slowly return to their place and shape.
Considering breastfeeding during the first three months as part of the fourth pregnancy trimester might help you understand the time and effort involved in providing for your baby.
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