Jane - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
I didn't breastfeed my 2 boys for several reasons but when/if I have a 3rd child I'm bound & determined to do it w/ that child & that's why I joined this group. I just wanted to get an idea of what it is all about & now I'm all about breastfeeding if a mother is able.
What I'm asking for is help for my best friend. I don't know enough myself to encourage her to continue BF. Her son is 1 month old & she's been pumping since he was born. She tried several times to have him latch on but she said it hurts so bad that she cries. She also said that it seems he's on her breast forever & he doesn't seem to be getting anything. She has read books & called the lactation nurse but she's getting all the same advice from these sources. She said she feels like all she does is pump, feed & then it starts all over. How often to breastfed babies eat? Is it normal for her to start feeling depressed because it's overwhelming for her? Her husband is also putting pressure on her to BF because of course that's what's best for their son. She said she's going to start the baby on 1 bottle of formula a day, won't that lower her milk supply & make the problem worse? Please give me some advice so I can try to help her get thru this.