Rachel - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
Greetings! I am expecting my second child in May or June next year and am wanting to prepare for a better breastfeeding experience. I'd love to hear tips, recommendations, links to good information and book recommendations.
Breastfeeding with my first was terrible. The doctor did not allow me to breastfeed right after birth (which had been my request). And then my son was given a shot and circumcised about 5 hours after birth, which made him extremely sleepy. That combined with my 23 hour labor was not a good start. The nurse gave him formula from a bottle without my permission. And then I was never able to get him to latch properly.
When we did breastfeed, I had a difficult time letting down. The pain was so intense all the time and my nipples were always bleeding. I finally decided that pumping was less painful of the two and we fed him breastmilk from a bottle. But, with problems pumping at work (I had to go back to work when baby was just 5 weeks), we ended up having to supplement with formula. When my son was five months, we finally switched to all formula.
But that is NOT what I wanted! This time around, I'm determined to be more prepared. I want to educate myself, talk to other mommas about their experiences, maybe work with a lactation consultant. I have a new doctor (actually, she is a certified nurse midwife and will be there with me for a full hour after the baby is born to help me with breastfeeding) and the practice I'm with has more support for breastfeeding. I'm hoping to either work part-time or just from home after baby #2 is born so that I can be more successful with breastfeeding.
So - I'd love to hear your stories and recommendations!