Hi I am just wondering about breast feeding... I want to breast feed when my baby is born, but I have heard that it's too painful? I know that it's said that formula is still good for babies, but I believe that natural is best in EVERY circumstance, no matter the age... I would love your imput. Thanks!

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Haley - posted on 06/22/2009

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Im not going to lie....I wanted to breast feed my first son, but it was too painful and i gave up. He is healthy as can be. Now with my 2nd son I wanted to try again, so I did and he is easy. He latched like a pro. So I just think that it is the kid. But good luck.

Megan - posted on 06/22/2009

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Quoting Christina:

The only reason b'feeding hurts is because the baby has not attached properly....i had problems feeding my first child but i perservered and fed her till she was two...i am still b'feeding my second child and he is just over two...yes breast is best and i really feel for women who can't b'feed ( because no milk etc) and have to bottle feed, as b'feeding is the most wonderful, relaxing and bonding feeling between mother and child...you'll find b'fed babies have no reflux or tummy pains(wind) and you don't have to burp them...i find a b'fed baby sleeps longer and is more content....so go for it...breast-feed...but if for any reason you can't please, please do not feel any guilt, as love really is the best thing you can give your child.


I wanted to commnt on this... not to be rude but to clarify.



 



Some moms experience discomfort with early BF due to improper latch, dry or sore nipples, and engorgement. This doesnt nessacarily mean you are doing it wrong... but go to a lactation consultant if you are concerned! Breast fed babies have less reflux and tummy problems... but can still have them. I found with my baby that she needed a good burp during her daytime meals or she would often spit up until about 3-4 months old. And babies can get gassy if they react to "problem foods" in your diet. However breastfed babies tend to have less colic and such! In the beginning babies need to nurse often and may not sleep as long at night as formula fed babies because the formula takes longer to digest and some parents are more likely to urge baby to "finish the bottle". So, you arent doing anything wrong if your baby has to feed every 2 hours or you have to burp them all the time, or if they get gassy! Each baby is an individual and Breasfeeding rocks... but I dont want you to expect one thing and end up with another.



 



Christina... I just want to clarify and I am not arguing against you post! ( ;

Guggie - posted on 06/21/2009

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Try nursing w/o any supplies first. Try to trust your body first. Nipple shields, pumps, sns etc are all quite helpful but they can also be restrictive in their own right. If you start out w/ a nipple shield, you might find that you can never go back.



Your body is trying to do something for the first time and yes when we do things for the first time it might hurt. For example, the first time you exercised probably left you sore the next day, but did you quit? Was it a bad pain?



I remember the engorgement hurting. It was painful to move around b/c then they would bounce. That only lasted a couple days though, then my body regulated itself. I have heard that engorgement is less likely in subsequent pregnancies.



A lot of people warned me that my nipples would be sore. That never happened. A friend even gave me a huge container of lansinoh, which I later gave back to her. I never used it. And women told me to expect leaking. Now, I have had my share of little drips and spots, but never enough for a pad.



Keep in mind also that it takes at least 21 days for a milk supply to regulate and become established. That means the first several weeks are not representative of what your entire nursing relationship will be.

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2009

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For me breast feeding only hurt when I was engorged. I read a lot and used a lactation specialist when needed. I highly recommend that you educate yourself. I found the book "So That'sWhat They're For" by Tamaro to have very helpful information which you don't have to read page by page but rather you can flip around to have your questions answered. Also, the website www.kellymom.com is super helpful especially at the wee hours of the night where there is no one else around:)

It took me a good 6 weeks to start to master it! I myself did not like the boppy pillow and loved the football hold. It is frustrating and exhausting but the most amazing experience you will ever have! Best of luck!

Hana - posted on 06/21/2009

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It doesn´t have to hurt. Didn´t hurt me at all. When it looked like cracked nipples, I put some of the milk on it at it was fine by the next feeding. (the milk is very good cure for the skin of both you and the baby!) After the first few days you might have too much milk which could leed to inflammation, I used cabbage leaves to calm it down, or cottage cheese would do too. Good luck with your baby! :-)

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Julie - posted on 12/04/2011

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Hi! I breast-fed my son. I had to express milk using a pump for a week after he was born because he went into neo-natal intensive care and was tube fed through his nose. I didn't find that painful, and when he was finally able to feed for the first time it just felt brilliant. With the right support and help in getting the latching on right there shouldn't be any pain. It feels a little strange and tingly but that's all. Hope this helps and good luck!

Angela - posted on 06/06/2011

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I think the pain of opening my wallet hurts more than any nursing session ever did, even when my kids started getting teeth and biting. Seriously though, if it hurts, the latch is not right and should be attempted again. If it doesn't GET painless, there could be an issue with tongue tie (which can be fixed, don't be afraid to do this. It could save your nipples, your supply and your baby's future speech development).

When you think about all the things that formula causes, a little pinch on the nipple now and then is nothing in comparison.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/04/2009

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There's already been tons of replies, all with good advice. So I'll make this short (and maybe it'll stand out somehow?). With my little boy, nursing was pretty painful for oh, about 3 weeks. But I sought help from my sister, who nursed her two kids, read a LOT on LLL's website, and eventually saw a Lactation Consultant. We ended up nursing for a whole year. After that first short period of start up pain, it was no big deal.



I seriously recommend going to a breastfeeding class before you have your baby. The hospital where I had mine had a great class. And, ask around to other moms, for who might be comfortable helping you after your baby's here. After delivery, you won't feel weird about having your breasts out all the time!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/04/2009

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Just rub your own milk on your nipples after every feeding and let it dry before you cover up again for the first 3 or 4 weeks. I've never had a sore or cracked nipple and I've been successfully breastfeeding for almost 3 months. (they did get a little tender during the first week or two, but never painful)

Jamie - posted on 07/04/2009

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breastfeeding does hurt a little but its the best way to get back into shape faster. it also is VERY VERY good for your baby. there is nothing wrong with formula but breast milk is the best there is because it has everything the baby needs and its better for the baby. no matter what the formula company says they can never compare to breast milk. I have a 2 week old son and i breastfeed. i gave birth June 19th and when i first tried to feed him it was more uncomfortable than painful it only got painfull when he got cranky and fed.

Maadi - posted on 07/04/2009

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Hi there,



Well it does feel different for the first couple of times but as long as you relax and baby has latched on properly it shouldn't be painful only uncomfortable. This is why I say it is important to relax and chill with your bubs. It is such a wonderful experience, I love feeding my baby and having that special bond with her. I hope to breastfeed all of my children but at the end of it if it doesnt work for you, dont despair as it doesnt label you as to what kind of mum you are. You can still love your bubs to bits and have a special bond while bottle feeding aswell:D



Good luck and Congratulations. Having your bubs is the start of a beautiful journey :)



Regards



Maadi

Tracy - posted on 07/03/2009

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Formula is OK too? I suppose if you really have to, but give it your best shot breastfeeding first. There are hundreds of nutrients in breastmilk, the majority of which western medicine doesn't even know what they do yet let alone are they able to replicate them in formula. Check with the La Leche League, they'll tell you its the best for the health of both mum and baby. And check out Dr Sears website http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T020100...

Also, I recall my midwife telling me it shouldn't hurt if you are doing it right. This is kind of bad advice (in that it is incomplete). It should only hurt for the first 20 seconds or so when you are just starting. If it continues to hurt then you know you haven't got baby latched properly. I have a friend who had terrible trouble learning to feed cos she took her baby off the breast because it hurt, again and again, until someone finally told her it just does hurt for the first 20 seconds or so. Once she found that out it turned out her baby was latching fine, just had bad advice thats all. Luckily that friend told me this before I had mine, so I was prepared for that and although it was a bit sore for the first few weeks, so glad i struggled through. Cheap, convenient, and more to the point just a lovely way to bond with bubba! I work from home and feed in my breaks, there is nothing more relaxing!

Tracy - posted on 07/03/2009

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Formula is OK too? I suppose if you really have to, but give it your best shot breastfeeding first. There are hundreds of nutrients in breastmilk, the majority of which western medicine doesn't even know what they do yet let alone are they able to replicate them in formula. Check with the La Leche League, they'll tell you its the best for the health of both mum and baby. And check out Dr Sears website http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T020100...

Also, I recall my midwife telling me it shouldn't hurt if you are doing it right. This is kind of bad advice (in that it is incomplete). It should only hurt for the first 20 seconds or so when you are just starting. If it continues to hurt then you know you haven't got baby latched properly. I have a friend who had terrible trouble learning to feed cos she took her baby off the breast because it hurt, again and again, until someone finally told her it just does hurt for the first 20 seconds or so. Once she found that out it turned out her baby was latching fine, just had bad advice thats all. Luckily that friend told me this before I had mine, so I was prepared for that and although it was a bit sore for the first few weeks, so glad i struggled through. Cheap, convenient, and more to the point just a lovely way to bond with bubba! I work from home and feed in my breaks, there is nothing more relaxing!

Mimi - posted on 07/03/2009

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Breast feeding doesn't hurt if it's done right! Make sure that you listen to the nursing coach. Make sure that the baby latches properly. The reason why it hurts for so many women is because the baby is only latching to the nipple itself. Read up on it. I never had a problem once and I am still breastfeeding my little one.

Rachel - posted on 07/03/2009

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I breastfed Dan for twelve months and I intend to feed Nathan until he is at least 15 months. It can be a little painful when your milk first comes in but that isn't really to do with the actual feed. My top tips are - go to a breastfeeding group and as well as breastfeeding councillors and peer supporters, talk to other mothers for tips and advice. Buy or borrow 'The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding' by the La Leche League International - it is THE best book I've read on breastfeeding. If you need breast pads, I've tried most and found the Lansinoh ones the best for lots of resons. Don't listen to old wives tales about milk drying up and not enough nourishment for baby - its very rare this happens. In the early days, you may find baby is at the breast for 45minutes every hour and a half - it won't always be like this and it is so much easier than making and sterilising bottles. If babies weight gain slows down and you're told to top baby up with formula, speak to your local breast feeding councillor first - sometimes you just need to put baby to the breast more often. Don't be put off by old-fashioned opinions about not breastfeeding in public - do it where you want and when your baby needs it. If it turns out not to be for you, at least you'll have tried. But if it does work out, its one of the most natural senses of achievement in the world. Good luck and feel free to email me if you need any help.

Rachel - posted on 07/03/2009

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I breastfed Dan for twelve months and I intend to feed Nathan until he is at least 15 months. It can be a little painful when your milk first comes in but that isn't really to do with the actual feed. My top tips are - go to a breastfeeding group and as well as breastfeeding councillors and peer supporters, talk to other mothers for tips and advice. Buy or borrow 'The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding' by the La Leche League International - it is THE best book I've read on breastfeeding. If you need breast pads, I've tried most and found the Lansinoh ones the best for lots of resons. Don't listen to old wives tales about milk drying up and not enough nourishment for baby - its very rare this happens. In the early days, you may find baby is at the breast for 45minutes every hour and a half - it won't always be like this and it is so much easier than making and sterilising bottles. If babies weight gain slows down and you're told to top baby up with formula, speak to your local breast feeding councillor first - sometimes you just need to put baby to the breast more often. Don't be put off by old-fashioned opinions about not breastfeeding in public - do it where you want and when your baby needs it. If it turns out not to be for you, at least you'll have tried. But if it does work out, its one of the most natural senses of achievement in the world. Good luck and feel free to email me if you need any help.

Robin - posted on 07/03/2009

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The first week or two it will hurt, but the long term benefits outweigh the discomfort. Buy the gel pads or get them from the hospital. I also had a small ice pack that I would stick down in my bra while I changed a diaper then I would switch sides while she nursed on that side. I have lost all of my weight, my baby doubled her weight by 4 months, plus it saves a ton of money!

Sabrina - posted on 07/03/2009

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My suggestion is to see a Lactation Consultant right away!!! My daughter has a bad latch and I ended up in a lot of pain because I waited way too long to get help. After seeing the LC it is much better, she saved me because I was ready to give up but we stuck in there and she is now 2 months old and it is much better. My nipples were very sensative to start so now it is still a little uncomfortable, but not painful. One thing my friend said to me that has alway stuck with me and is good advice is "Remember, babies are BREASTfeeders, not NIPPLE feeders!" It makes a huge difference. Sounds like you really want to do it and there is always a way.

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Hydro-gel! They sell it at the drugstore, it's for burns. You cut a packet into 4 squares and they adhere to your nipple for right after you nurse. The lactation consultant gave them to me at the hospital and they SAVED me! Nursing was tough for like a week, not bad at all now. Wouldn't trade it for anything :) Baby loves it and it just feels right!

User - posted on 07/02/2009

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You've already gotten lots of good advice. I will just restate the give it two weeks comments. I have breastfed all five of my little ones and have never regretted it. It can somtimes feel akward feeding in front of people, but now most places offer a place where you can nurse your baby in private and they make little blankets you can use to be more discreet. Good luck and whatever you decide, it will be the right decision for you.

Trina - posted on 07/02/2009

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As a mother, we want to provide the best for our children. I think you should try it and stay with it for at least two weeks. Its the absolute best for your baby. You won't regret it and feel better that you at least tried.There is nothing wrong with trying. About the pain, having a baby is painful but its a beautiful thing to bring another life into the world. Pain has not stopped mankind from reproducing. The only thing that will make you uncomfortable is when your breasts fills with milk, but nursing will actually make you feel better and take the lil bit pain you feel away. You'll look forward to getting your lil one to nurse and feel some relief. But that only last for about a week or two.

Haley - posted on 07/02/2009

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Well, you have a lot of people giving you good advice.

Do not give up, you can definitely do it if you are determined enough.

One thing I suggest is after the baby is born when your breasts become very sore while your milk is coming in you can take one of the pink tubs that they have in hospitals and fill it with warm water. Then put epsom salt in the water and set it on a counter. I just leaned forward and placed my breasts in the water. It releases the milk and is a bit of a releif. The pain goes away within a few days and is totally worth it.



The only con of breastfeeding I have had is the cost of nursing bras. They are expensive, especially with size changing so much..



But my favorite part of breastfeeding is not having to get up in the middle of the night to make a bottle. Just laying down and sleeping while baby eats.

Beth - posted on 07/02/2009

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I have had very few problems with breastfeeding. my best advice, try it, it may be a little painful or uncomfortable at first but that subsides after a day or 2. if after a while it's simply not working (you're not producing enough, the baby's not thriving, it really is causing too much pain) then you can think about bottlefeeding instead. just remember whatever your decision you are still doing what's best for you and your baby.

Amy - posted on 07/02/2009

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I have now breastfed 3 children with absolutely no problems and no pain! not saying that no one has hard times or pain but just no that it can actually be really easy and not painful whatsoever :) be optimistic and dont necessarily expect to have problems. my biggest advice would just be to relax and let nature take it's course :)

Danielle - posted on 07/02/2009

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I only had "pain" on one side for like a week. I wouldn't even have called it pain, jsut a mild discomfort, and it was due to an improper latch. After your nipples toughen up, you dont feel a thing really!

Danielle - posted on 07/02/2009

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I only had "pain" on one side for like a week. I wouldn't even have called it pain, jsut a mild discomfort, and it was due to an improper latch. After your nipples toughen up, you dont feel a thing really!

Danielle - posted on 07/02/2009

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I only had "pain" on one side for like a week. I wouldn't even have called it pain, jsut a mild discomfort, and it was due to an improper latch. After your nipples toughen up, you dont feel a thing really!

Mary - posted on 07/02/2009

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okay i had a lot oftrouble in the beginning...im not going to soft coat it for you.. i was in extreme pain, my nipples were sore and cracked and bleeding, and when she latched on it killed like you wouldnt believe, but i stuck through it. the pain went away after 3 and a half weeks, i am so glad that i stuck it out. also every nursing mother is different, you might not experience any pain. with my first daughter i had no problems. If its what you want to do then just try and stick it out...its well worth it

Arifah Handayani - posted on 07/02/2009

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I nursed 4 kids up to 2 years... 3 of them with tandem nursing... coz 3 kids born in 34 months...Ilove doing it... Being one of the best mom... Coz... We give only the best for our kids... No food but Breastmilk for our babies.. Oke?

Kelly - posted on 07/01/2009

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Relax and enjoy :) Every baby is different, it might come easily to your baby and have no problems, or it might not and hurt a bit. Hang in there, it is totally worth it! Ask your nurses for all the help they can give, and get a lactation consultant. They are amazing! There is nothing wrong with formula, my daughter rejected the breast at three weeks old and I pumped for months. She was sucking her bottom lip while nursing and wow did it ever hurt. I had to use a nipple shield *they work great*. My son got it within a day and nursed for 14 months. Give it your best shot =) Good Luck!!

Carla - posted on 07/01/2009

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i was lucky enff not to have any problems feeding and never felt by but its every mum to there own. but try it and if it works than well done if not at least u tried. but it the best feelin in the world everytime ur get ur baby weighed and u know its because of you the have put on weight. good luck x

Becky - posted on 06/30/2009

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I experienced alot of pain with my first daughter at 1 week I started pumping and that was not as painfull. However, I did go back to nursing her. I did both pumping and nursing she took to the breast and the bottle. Once your nipples get us to it after about 3-4 weeks it isn't so bad. I am now nursing my second daughter and the connection between you and your child is unbelievable. It is very tiring, but well worth it. If this is you first baby sleep when they sleep. You will do fine. I never understood the moms that say I couldn't do it. You can do it!!! keep your heart in it and believe in yourself. Good Luck and Congrats.

Katie - posted on 06/30/2009

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It was terribly painful for me for quite sometime. My nipples were cracked and bleeding and I literally had to bite my lips everytime I nursed to get through it! But it was worth it! The problems I was having was not doing it properly. I didn't want to ask for help because I was embarassed. Once I found out the problem it was almost immediately better. Now I LOVE nursing! It is the best bonding experience and well worth all of the pain.

Ashley - posted on 06/30/2009

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If it hurts, the baby isn't latching properly. If you ask the advice of a lactation consultant they can help you get it right. That part isn't always easy but most hospital offer assistance. I would say it's uncomfortable for about a week. However the joy you get from bonding with your baby and providing the best possible start will completely over shadow any "pain". Everyone is different. Even a pediatrician will tell you it's best to do it for as long as you can and now the recommend length of time is a full year. Take a breastfeeding class, plan on talking to a lactation consultant, buy some lanolin, and good luck!

Erin - posted on 06/30/2009

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The only time I ever felt pain with both of my boys is during the engorgement phase. Once your milk comes in, engorgement happens. With my first, my husband helped by pinching my nipple into a more oblong shape so that latching was easier while I was engorged. Also, I've heard it said that when you start breastfeeding that it's better to not have formula in the house for the first couple of months. Otherwise it's too easy to fall to formula when it's a bit rough in the beginning.

Christy - posted on 06/30/2009

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It can hurt for the first couple of weeks or longer if your baby is not latched on properly. Don't worry though. Just get some lansinoh cream and go ahead and meet with a lactation consultant before your baby is born to start a relationship.

Amber - posted on 06/29/2009

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Honestly, if you want to breastfeed look at the benefits. Don't worry about the pain. Its going to happen at first because the both of you are learning this new skill. You have to push through the first two weeks. Make sure you have friends/family who will support you when you need a boast of confidence. Check out your local Le Leche League (its a breastfeeding support group, i go to one and really enjoy it). For the pain, i used ameda gel pads... they worked wonders when i was in pain. Good Luck!

Abigail - posted on 06/29/2009

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I'll be honest... it was REALLY painful at first. I bled a lot. BUT, it got better in about a week. If you have trouble, there's a lot of cool things out there, like soothies, lanolin, nipple shields. Breast fed babies smell better, poop better, and apparently have higher test scores later in life.... plus formula is a pain in the ass to bring anywhere! Yeah, breastfeeding hurts at first, but it's really worth it!

Misty - posted on 06/29/2009

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in the hospital, they gave me a 24 gauge nipple shield. it didn't hurt at all. but... you will eventually have to ween off of it. i weened my little girl at 6 weeks and the transition wasn't that bad. you should check into this.

Heather - posted on 06/28/2009

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I am currently breastfeeding my 5th child. HE is 9 months old and I have fed each of mine for 1 year. It hurt at the beginning with each of them. Your nipples get sore and chapped and many times you get engorged because they baby eats different amounts and it takes a few weeks for your milk to come in strong and on cue...I tell friends get through 6 weeks and you will be so glad you did.

Shannon - posted on 06/27/2009

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Hey Mattee! I am going to pass on the same advice I was given from a close friend that just had her baby before me - it does hurt at first and I am not going to lie, it hurts quite a bit; however, you just keep doing it and it really does get better. I am on my second month of breast feeding and I am so happy that I didn't throw in the towel, even though I came close to doing so! The thing is, you can do it, it just takes some getting used to. Plus, it is such a great bonding time with your new baby, you will learn to love it!

Chrystal - posted on 06/27/2009

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Breastfeeding is the best and I highly recommend it...It might hurt a little for the first week but after that it is truely benficial to the baby...i nursed all three of my kids and they are healthy..my youngest is 1 month and has gained like 3 lbs since birth..plus when breastfed babies are less likely to get sick bc of ur antibodies protecting them..it is cheaper than formula and ALOT better in allowing you to sleep in the beginning..with formula u have to get up to make bottles but with breast milk no need to be fully awake when feeding..u can lie down and feed as well..it builds such a bond with your baby as well..and for daddy u can always pump a bottle for him to feed..also breast feeding helps your uterus shrink back to normal size faster...in some cases u might not have ur period while breastfeeding which is another plus..i hope u choose to breast feed i truely think it is the best..i also think it gives ur babies a healthy start to life..

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2009

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I'm a first time nursing mom and at first I was really nervous too. It doesn't hurt. I have to use a special shield that helps my daughter latch on b/c she was in the hospital the first week of her life and got used to the firmness of her binky and would not latch on to me. So with that shield it doesn't hurt at all. In fact it does feel like a relief especially if you haven't nursed in a while and you have a lot of milk.

Tristan - posted on 06/27/2009

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Breastfeeding usually only hurts if your baby does not latch on properly... I experinced a little bit of pain with my third son that I breastfed because he developed thrush and passed it on to my nipples. Breastfeeding has helped me develop a close bond with my boys.

Shawna - posted on 06/27/2009

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When I was pregnant I heard so many horror stories about breastfeeding, how painful it was, how you should scrub your nipples as hard as possible with a toothbrush to prep you for it, and many more. It is not the most comfortable thing the first few days, but it should not be even the slightest bit painful after your milk comes in. If you are delivering at a hospital take advantage of the lactation consultants on staff, and if you are with a midwife they have great support also. Once you have your baby you can look for a local LLL meeting near you for extra support. Congrats on the baby!!

Krista M - posted on 06/27/2009

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if it hurts, you're doing it wrong! find a lactation consultant. practice DOES NOT make perfect...perfect practice makes perfect.

Amy - posted on 06/27/2009

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well I have three kids of my own and that I breast feed til they were almost a year old . It not that bad. it hurts when the breast fill up with milk and the baby has eaten in a while but don't worry about it just take a hott shower or bath let the water run on your breat and it will ease the pain. or you could pump out the milk for late use. you can freeze it to. hope this helps you ot and good luck.

Jenny - posted on 06/27/2009

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Hi Mattee, Your post caught my attention....My little girl was born last Sep, and I decided to breastfeed, and honestly, it has been the most amaizing experience!!! Am still breastfeeding and my heart sinks everytime I think one of these days she may not want it anymore.....One little thing you may want to think about - Formula: They cant put the millions of antibodies in formula that your breastmilk will provide your baby with everytime you feed her.....My little girl is just over 9months, and is soooo healthy. Hasnt been sick once...And yes, it does hurt abit for the first month or so, but after that you wont even feel it. It is truly the best decision you'll ever make for your little one. If you have any other question, give me a shout....good luck. Jen

Cyrilla - posted on 06/27/2009

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I concur it does hurt a bit at first but you are doing so much good for your baby that the good out weighs the pain! Just keep an open mind because if you close it off too early once you feel the pain you will want to quit. I was very upset with myself when I gave up when he couldn't take the breast so I am doing the best I can by pumping and supplementing with formula. You can also use a cracking cream from lanosch, it works wonderfully!

Leann - posted on 06/26/2009

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If you have pain, remember that it's temporary. I'm currently breastfeeding my third. My first gave me intense, unbearable pain initially...but I stuck with it and just gritted my teeth. It was not long before it completely stopped and became the most amazing experience of bonding ever. (It was a latching issue) I had no pain with my second and just a little initial pain with my third. With all of them, the pain went away and the reward lasted! It's definitely worth it! Good luck and work with a lactation specialist if you need too.

Alissa - posted on 06/26/2009

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It is only painful if the baby has a bad latch. Make sure you read up on getting a good latch, and make arrangements to see a lactation consultant right after the baby is born. Then it is smooth sailing. Also, formula is not good for babies! Breast milk is tailor made for your baby, it provides antibodies, and many different kinds of nutrients that formula does not contain. Formula fed babies are at a higher risk for all sorts of problems. Read "The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers" by Jack Newman, M.D. It is very informational and helped me a lot. Breast feeding is the best thing for your baby and is a wonderful experience.

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if you have the choice when you are in hospital. dont let them discharge you until you feel confident with it. That was something else I found helpful when I was in.

Olivia - posted on 06/26/2009

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The only time BF hurt for me was when the baby had thrush. If the hospital offers a lactation consultant meet with them before you leave the hospital to make sure he is latching correctly. This will make a world of difference.

Olivia - posted on 06/26/2009

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The only time BF hurt for me was when the baby had thrush. If the hospital offers a lactation consultant meet with them before you leave the hospital to make sure he is latching correctly. This will make a world of difference.

Sarah - posted on 06/26/2009

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In my experience it was fine for the first few days, then extremely painful at the beginning of each feeding for about 2 1/2 or 3 weeks. After that it was fine again. Just hang in there because breast milk is the absolute best for your baby - they will get your immunities through the breast milk, which they can't get from formula. My hospital had a lactation specialist on staff & she was very helpful. Also check with your pediatrician or OB office because they may have one on staff as well.

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