Although for most women breastfeeding feels completely natural, especially once your hungry baby has arrived, being able to produce milk combined with leaky nipples does often lead to awkward moments
The loud yelpYou’re feeling pretty proud that you’ve got this breastfeeding business sorted, but now and again, your baby likes to keep you on your toes. And that can be in the form of a cheeky nip of your nip, which not surprisingly results in a yelp from you. Expect funny looks from people when you’re in the M&S café and they hadn’t realised what you were doing.
The inappropriate squirtYou’re happily nursing away and minding your own business when your baby suddenly ‘unplugs’ himself, but the milk keeps flowing. Everywhere. Have the ubiquitous muslin ready to mop up any, um, spills.
The father-in-law stareUnless you want to disappear from the room every time you feed, it’s likely you’ll end up whipping your boob out in front of everyone. Which invariably means your father-in-law gets an awkward eyeful before he starts asking about the last time you got your skirting boards fixed.
The little drunken sailorAfter a satisfying feed, you lift your baby up for a quick winding and he has the same blissed out, hiccupy, dazed look on his face as someone who’s been in the pub all day. If only you could get as drunk on milk…
The sound effectsSlurping, cooing, grunting, humming – it’s an orchestra of happy sounds when your baby is breastfeeding. Fine when you’re on your own, but it does tend to provoke funny looks when people don’t realise what you’re doing and think it’s you doing the grunting.
The acrobatic wriggleYou’ll spot this as your baby gets bigger and he somehow manages to twist his body round, hook his leg over your shoulder or start doing press-ups (ok, maybe not the last one), all while still being latched onto your boob.
The forgotten boobWas it right or left you did last time? Uh oh… Sure, there are apps and bracelets to remind you which breast your baby last fed from, but it doesn’t stop you checking to see if one is looking bigger than the other one.
The Dad diveIn fact, this can happen to anyone – it’s when your baby starts rooting for a nipple that isn’t yours when he’s having a cuddle.
The mid-feed waveWhen he’s not prodding your boob, your baby may wave his arm around your face, tap your shoulder, remove glasses and even shove his fingers in your mouth. All part of his multi-sensory exploration experience during feeding, but watch out for the mid-feed accidental hair pull. Ouch.
The smileThere’s nothing more heart-warming than when you and your baby make eye contact while breastfeeding, especially when your baby gives you a big, beaming smile. At which point, a mouthful of milk usually dribbles out, but you’re too loved up to care.
We’ve picked out some of the funniest, but feel free to share your experiences in the comment box below.