help for breastfeeding

Crystal - posted on 11/12/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




I had a realy bad experacne with trying to breastfeeding my son. The hospital was no help didnt even have any one show me how to breastfeed, and I could not get my son to latch on. I pumped for 3 month and in that time I went threw 3 pumps cause I was pumping so much and after 3 months i just gave up. Is there any advice you could give me to help me breatfeed. I am due in April and are trying to get advice.


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See if there's a La Leche League in your area. They have meetings that you can go to for advice and support. If you don't have one near you then you can still call the closest leader for help. The best thing you can do is educate yourself. Here are some great resources:

Newborn nursing behavior:

A great video on latching baby on (above).

That kellymom website is fabulous. Search any question/topic on breastfeeding and you will find an answer. There is also a Facebook group called The Leaky B@@b. You can post questions and get answers quickly. There is a Breastfeeding Moms group on Circle of Moms: Lots of helpful mommies there!

Good luck!


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Kristen - posted on 11/19/2011




There are lots of videos and books, I would just learn about it before you even get to the hospital. That way you already know. The nurses should help you if they are good nurses, but if not, then have your husband be your coach or someone like your mom or your best friend. If it's hard for you, you will definitely need someone to support you just like labor. It is definitely not always easy but it is worth it when you know it's what's best for your child. You sound determined and really that's all it takes. Try the different style holds and definitely make sure it is in the first couple of hours and also I wouldn't recommend giving the child a bottle, cause if they think they can just get it that fast and dont have to work for it then they will want the bottle instead. (just a suggestion I learned from reading and others). Good luck and I really hope this time it works out for you =)

Andrea - posted on 11/12/2011




Support support support!! It is soooooo important. I have 2 boys and 2 girls and I am also due in April. For my first 2, I had no support. For my last two I had A ton of support and it makes all the difference in the world. When you have your baby ask the nurses to help you. Ask to see a lac consultant. At my hospital, they offered classes to new moms the day after I had my baby. Ask your doc if they offer classes while you are in the hospital. Get the number to the lactation consultants at the hospital before you are discharged. Ask lots of questions and don't give up. Good luck to you.

Annah - posted on 11/12/2011




Some hospitals have a lactation/nursing area with women who are RN nurses to help women beast feed. Also asks your pediatrician where you can go. Mine sent me to a place to have help because I was having problems with my son getting enough milk. I was on a strict schedule of nursing and pumping. There were times I was pumping and nursing at the same time just to be able to get enough milk for my son to eat. I would deffinatly ask you pediatrician and google for places in your town. There are also lactation Consultants who will come to your house.

Vicki - posted on 11/12/2011




Your Ob nurse should show you at your hospital how he should latch on. Also, if you have a health dept. they can help too. Just google the Lactation Specialist in your area and see if any and call them. I took my son w/ me to my ob visit and my ob dr. showed me how to get him to latch on. Don't give up it will be one of the most rewarding things you have ever done. Good luck.

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