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breastfeeding? kelsey. (: Due November 4; 2 kids; Russellville, Kentucky 281 posts
15th Mar '13

I didnt even attempt to with my first two but now that im a stay at home mom im thinking about breastfeeding my third child. Ive heard that its a painful experience but ive also heard great things about it. Any tips?

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
15th Mar '13

It was a little uncomfortable at first, but I can't wait to do it again!



At least give it a shot. If you don't like it, at least you'll know you tried. :)

kelsey. (: Due November 4; 2 kids; Russellville, Kentucky 281 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [20 wks]:</b>" It was a little uncomfortable at first, but I can't wait to do it again! At least give it a shot. If you don't like it, at least you'll know you tried. :)"</blockquote>




Well yeah, thats true. As long as its not unbearable. I can.handle uncomfortable. (:

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
15th Mar '13

If you are nervous about getting a good latch, ask the drs to send in a lactation consultant/nurse. When your in the hospital, try to breastfeed every 2 hours. Not just because your baby will be new to eating but because it will help you get used to it before you leave. Try to breastfeed right after you have the baby. Get either avent brand or lanisnoh breast pads. They are very absorbent & hold up better when your milk first comes in. Get a comfortable nursing bra. Drink lots of water. Do not supplement or let your dr trick you into doing so in the hospital. You will be making colostrum which is 10 million times as good for the baby than formula. Your milk should come in 3-5 days after your baby is born but the colostrum will be enough for the baby. Don't get discouraged or nervous if the baby seems hungry a lot. If you do, try hand expressing a little colostrum to reassure yourself. Goodluck!

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
15th Mar '13

In the hospital the lactation consultant was yelling at me because I was holding LO in what me and SO call "football style"...bascially he was facing me and wrapped around the same side he was nursing...it was the only way I could get him to nurse on that side.
My advice is to take what the people tell you as suggestions, but if you find something that works better for you and your LO...then go with that. It's so much easier and less stressful.



AND nipple butter! OMG that stuff is a life saver lol I didn't have to use it much, but when they got chapped (I guess...?) it was the best feeling in the world after I used that haha

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting BastiansMommy:</b>" In the hospital the lactation consultant was yelling at me because I was holding LO in what me and SO ... [snip!] ... didn't have to use it much, but when they got chapped (I guess...?) it was the best feeling in the world after I used that haha"</blockquote>



I could only get DS to nurse on the right side in the football hold! Lol this is entirely correct though: If something works for you then stick with it

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting BastiansMommy:</b>" In the hospital the lactation consultant ... [snip!] ... on the right side in the football hold! Lol this is entirely correct though: If something works for you then stick with it"

lol Now that my LO is almost 2ft long, it doesn't work as well...but he still wants to every once in awhile...it's interesting...his father usually gets kicked in the face lmao

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting BastiansMommy:</b>" lol Now that my LO is almost 2ft long, it doesn't work as well...but he still wants to every once in awhile...it's interesting...his father usually gets kicked in the face lmao"</blockquote>



Lmao! That's hilarious. I haven't used the football hold since he was a month old(he was 23 1/2 inches tall). If he wakes up sleeping between me & my husband he rolls til he can reach his father & slaps him in the face, grabs his nose & kicks him lol

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting BastiansMommy:</b>" lol Now that my LO is almost 2ft long, it ... [snip!] ... sleeping between me & my husband he rolls til he can reach his father & slaps him in the face, grabs his nose & kicks him lol"

Yeah...my little guy is just now 23inches (or so) and so no more football hold :( And that is amazing! lol I wish that my LO would do that to his dad xD Although he does attack his nose if his mouth is close enough...haha

kelsey. (: Due November 4; 2 kids; Russellville, Kentucky 281 posts
15th Mar '13

Thanks for thr advice!

Bear's mama ♥ 1 child; Colorado 840 posts
15th Mar '13

I was iffy about breastfeeding.. but I fell in love with it.
It's good for the baby, helps YOU lose weight, and it's one thing that you can give your baby that a friend, SO, or family members can't.



It is kinda painful. But the pain only lasts a couple of weeks.
It's worth it. I breastfed for about 7 months. My baby is 2 now, and I still miss it :(

kelsey. (: Due November 4; 2 kids; Russellville, Kentucky 281 posts
16th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Bear's mama ♥:</b>" I was iffy about breastfeeding.. but I fell in love with it. It's good for the baby, helps YOU lose ... [snip!] ... the pain only lasts a couple of weeks. It's worth it. I breastfed for about 7 months. My baby is 2 now, and I still miss it :("</blockquote>



Heeeey, it does help you lose weight. I forgot about that. Its a plus. :p