questions about breast feeding

Emma - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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hi iv got 6 weeks left till my baby is due and im seriously thinking about breast feeding, whats it like? does it hurt? emma xxxx

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Melanie - posted on 03/09/2009

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I dito the Kellymom site. Very useful land informative. Breastfeeding never did hurt me...and I'm on #2. I thought I wouldn't like it, before I actually tried it, but it's totally different than what you imagine. Definitely give it a shot...and give yourself a couple of weeks to decide. Also, use the lactation consultant at your hospital ...and ask every single nurse if you are doing it right -- they all know different tricks and styles. Good luck!!! The bond when nursing is like no other...precious!!

Jenelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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Breastfeeding isn't easy, but it is more than worth the time, and pain that you will put into it. My advice is to take a breastfeeding class before you give birth (most hospitals offer one). Buy a good pump, Medela pump in style worked for me. Use lanolin cream before you get sore, don't be afraid to seek help from a lactation consultant, or a friend that has breastfed. I hope you choose to breastfeed and wish you a happy/healthy delivery and baby!

Andrea - posted on 03/09/2009

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Emma-

Breast milk is the best thing you can give your baby. It's good for you & your little one.

Breast feeding didn't hurt me at all, but I know a lot of people who were sore at first. If your baby is latched on properly, eventually it shouldn't hurt.

I would recommend taking a breast feeding class- most hospitals offer them as part of their prenatal classes. And, get some support lined up right now, before the baby comes. Get the # of your local LaLeche League & of the Lactation Consultant at the hospital. It can be hard at first, especially when you're tired & worn out from the birth & it's good to have people you can call who can help you troubleshoot.

With my 2nd my milk took a while to come in & the lactation consultant at the hospital was amazing & so encouraging.

Some good things to have before baby comes- a BF pillow (I DO like the boppy!), nipple cream & breast pads.

Allison - posted on 03/09/2009

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I really like the Kellymom website: http://www.kellymom.com/ - there is a lot of good, sound, research-based information as well as a supportive forum.

Yes, it can hurt until you and baby both learn how to do it correctly. For many moms and babies it comes easy, and for some they have to work to get it right. I think it is so worth it - I've nursed 2 kids so far, and am waiting for #3 to arrive (I'll actually be tandem nursing a 2 year old and a toddler). It's a lot of work at first - you spend a lot of time sitting around nursing a baby (but once you get good at nursing in a sling, it's very liberating!). But, you aren't sterilizing bottles or having to listen to a baby cry while you're preparing formula. I found it very easy to leave the house - only needed to grab diapers and never worried about forgetting food for baby.

I'd suggest you set a goal - like to nurse for at least 3 weeks before deciding it won't work for you. I set the goal of 6 weeks, then 6 months, then 1 year....as each goal approached I realized it was working fine and I'd just keep going until my daughter was done.

Definitely start looking at information - positioning, how to hold baby, what to look for to make sure latch is correct, etc. Go to a La Leche League Meeting (check their website for a chapter near you). Get support - when you can focus on nursing your baby and not worry about the house or dinner or whatever, it's so helpful.

I think breastfeeding is great! Good luck and congrats on upcoming baby!

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I will say that breastfeeding is a great idea.  I was one where it hurt soooooooo bad for the first 4-5 weeks.  I had trouble with cracked, bruised and just all around sore nipples.  Plus my milk took a while to come in.  Because of that I ended up supplementing with formula for those first few weeks.  That worked out well due to how bad it hurt.  On to the good news!!!  By about 6 weeks, things got MUCH better.  I am able to breastfeed without pain (unless she's going through a growth spurt where she eats Constantly :)  In the end, it may hurt like heck or it may not.  Whichever, in the end it is totally worth all the pain and torment!!!  Now I really enjoy it.  Good luck!!

Jessica - posted on 03/09/2009

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I concur.  It's a rough road at first (especially if your milk doesn't come in quickly), but I love it.  My little girl (Emma!) is almost 6 months and I find it so easy to feed her wherever I am.  Just don't be alarmed when she does lose some weight the first few days.  The Dr's here are a bit overdramatic (or were with Emma and I) when her weight dropped off.  She's perfectly healthy and all is well, but for the first 2 weeks we were trucking in and out of the Dr for weight checks.  That was tedious.  And I'm sure you've heard this before, but sleep when the baby is sleeping.  You'll think you can do the dishes or some other chore, but just leave it.  Honestly.



For me bfing didn't hurt at all.  I didn't go through any sore nipples or anything.  Maybe the odd day when she's been nursing a LOT my body got tired of it, but no actual pain.  I also have Emma in bed with us at night so nursing during the night is a breeze.  I know that isn't for everyone, but it's a lot easier for me than getting up in the middle of the night (in the winter when it's cold!).  You really have to stick with it in the beginning, to be honest.  I wanted to quit quite a few times but I didn't, and I'm so glad I didn't.  And make sure you talk to people and get help when you need it.  My mom stayed for a few weeks afterward, and then I had a friend make me meals that I could just pull out of the freezer and heat up.  It helps a lot!  Good luck and happy breastfeeding! :)

Tiffany - posted on 03/09/2009

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It does hurt in the beginning but there is light at the end of the tunnel i have a three year old that i nursed for 15 mo and I have 6mo old twin boys that i am still nursing i am more than willing to answer an questions that you have day or night it is so worth trying and giving a shot

Emma - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting Emma: thanks thats been really  usefull.xx



Quoting Jaime:




Start researching things now to know what to expect. It is really hard at first, but sooooo worth it in the long run. Go to a class, find a lactation consultant that you like (call them up and pick their brains.) once you decide you are going to do it, buy some essentials. Most important is get a good pillow. NOT A BOPPY. I swear by my "My Brestfriend Pillow"








http://www.amazon.com/Brest-Friend-Light...








You should get a good pump like the medela pump in style, but that is expensive so you might want to make sure you are going to continue bf'ing.








It can hurt in th beginning when you nipples are getting used to everything, and while the baby is learning how to latch, but trust me it goes away.








It is an amazing feeling. You are providing the best nutrition and antibodies to your baby. Formula doesn't even come close. Poops don't stink, you are a mobile feeding machine. No bottles to wash and lug around, no formula to buy (It expensive). Babies don't overeat on the breast, less chance of obesity later in life.








I hope it works out, you won't regret the effort.









 





 

Emma - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting Jaime:



Start researching things now to know what to expect. It is really hard at first, but sooooo worth it in the long run. Go to a class, find a lactation consultant that you like (call them up and pick their brains.) once you decide you are going to do it, buy some essentials. Most important is get a good pillow. NOT A BOPPY. I swear by my "My Brestfriend Pillow"






http://www.amazon.com/Brest-Friend-Light...






You should get a good pump like the medela pump in style, but that is expensive so you might want to make sure you are going to continue bf'ing.






It can hurt in th beginning when you nipples are getting used to everything, and while the baby is learning how to latch, but trust me it goes away.






It is an amazing feeling. You are providing the best nutrition and antibodies to your baby. Formula doesn't even come close. Poops don't stink, you are a mobile feeding machine. No bottles to wash and lug around, no formula to buy (It expensive). Babies don't overeat on the breast, less chance of obesity later in life.






I hope it works out, you won't regret the effort.





 

Jaime - posted on 03/09/2009

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Start researching things now to know what to expect. It is really hard at first, but sooooo worth it in the long run. Go to a class, find a lactation consultant that you like (call them up and pick their brains.) once you decide you are going to do it, buy some essentials. Most important is get a good pillow. NOT A BOPPY. I swear by my "My Brestfriend Pillow"



http://www.amazon.com/Brest-Friend-Light...



You should get a good pump like the medela pump in style, but that is expensive so you might want to make sure you are going to continue bf'ing.



It can hurt in th beginning when you nipples are getting used to everything, and while the baby is learning how to latch, but trust me it goes away.



It is an amazing feeling. You are providing the best nutrition and antibodies to your baby. Formula doesn't even come close. Poops don't stink, you are a mobile feeding machine. No bottles to wash and lug around, no formula to buy (It expensive). Babies don't overeat on the breast, less chance of obesity later in life.



I hope it works out, you won't regret the effort.

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