Today, I become an expert in the art of...


I'm attending my first prenatal class this evening at the hospital where I will deliver the baby in December.

This particular class is all about breastfeeding, a subject which intimidated me less before I google-image-searched it. (Seriously, boys. Go wild. I've never seen so much areola in my life.)

I really hope breastfeeding works out for me, though... because I need to do it to save money. (Okay, I'm looking forward to that bond with the baby, too.)

I was going over a few budgeting issues last night and I realized that by the time my child is a toddler we will probably be living out of our car. Oh, but she'll have a really nice day care Monday - Friday from morning til night. So, that's cool.

I just can't get over it: $190 a week?! For daycare?! It sounds so insanely expensive, but I figure baby will be there 9 hours a day/ 5 days a week... which really only works out to about $4.2222222 an hour.

But, I digress. I was supposed to be writing about breastfeeding.

Yeah, so I'll let you know how my milking-class goes, and what I learn, and stuff.


pinkflipflops said…
It will be okay! 190 is not bad a lot of other places are more expensive so just keep thinking about that wonderful thing haha.. are you doing a center day care or a home based daycare?
Christine Danek said…
Good luck at class. I'm sure everything will work out fine. $190 is pretty good though. Some places around here are a lot more.
Take care.
MJenks said…
I'm sorry, did you say something? I was tripping happily off to areola land.
saucyminx410 said…
milking class. lol.
Jen said…
Yuck... Oops I mean Good Luck, lol.

$190 is actually a great price for daycare, not that it isn't expensive but lately I've been hearing $250-300!! Outrageous isn't it!!!
Tina Lynn said…
Fun. And you'll get skinny faster.
Ashley Stone said…
sheesh day care is so expensive!!!! Hope your class goes well!!

Vicki Rocho said…
Good luck with the nursing! I tried it with each of my three, but just didn't have the confidence / commitment to take it long-term.
B.E. Sanderson said…
Ack. Daycare prices have gone up since my daughter was a baby. Holy cow.

Good luck with your breastfeeding class. My niece had her baby last month (a boy, btw). She chose the breastfeeding route and from what I've heard, everything is going well. I'll send positive thoughts for everything to go as smoothly for you. =o)
Sierra Godfrey said…
Dude, $190 a week is a good deal.

Breastfeeding is hugely cheap, I agree, but I hate to break it to you-- you won't become an expert until you do it.

And here's another secret no one ever tells you, and every new mother (including myself) FREAKS THE HELL OUT ON because no one tells you this: after you give birth, your milk won't come in for at least 4 or 5 days. So you will not be able to really breastfeed until it comes in -- and it will, like gangbusters. It will spurt everywhere after 4 or 5 days. I look forward to your TMI Thursdays on that in fact.

Write in sharpie on your arm before going to the hospital, so you won't feel bad when you daughter doesn't latch on because there's very little coming out. "WAIT 4 DAYS" is all you need. Sometimes it takes 3, but you know, put 4 on there just in casers.

And Tina is right, breastfeeding sucks all the fat right out of you (40 pounds for me).
Simon C. Larter said…
In addition, breast feeding after birth helps shrink the uterus faster, reducing the residual discomfort. It also assists in losing the pregnancy weight, and provides your baby with the perfect mix of tailor-made nutrients. Just stay hydrated, is all.

Yes, my wife breastfed three children. Why do you ask?

Also, you have the lovely pleasure of making people seriously uncomfortable when you whip out the mammary in public and let your baby go to town. Seriously, just watch the looks on their faces as they try to have a normal conversation with you while avoiding staring at your breast. It's awesome.

Evil, but awesome.

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