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breastfeeding Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
4th Apr '13

I want to try it with this baby. but I do not know anything about breastfeeding. any tips? things i will need.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
4th Apr '13

All you need it boobs and a baby, lol. Well, definitely get some lanolin for sore nipples, nursing pads (i got reuseable) for leaky boobs, and a boppy if it'll make you feel more comfortable (I used it for months and months). And a pump if you think you'll need one.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
4th Apr '13

Well firstly are you going back to work? If you are invest us good quality pump. I recommend medela! Also see if your insurance company will cover it! Next how comfortable are you with the thought of nip? I would get nursing tanks for under your shirts because it convers tummy while your shirt covers boob so NIP becomes easy. I would recommend if your are going back to work pumping when you are out if hospital as it will keep your supply a bit higher than needed so you can store and have a back up. Keep a very good pumping routine. Also don't let the nurses bully you and let them know under no circumstance will you allow your child to be given formula. Have your child room in with you and have skin to skin as soon as you can. Let me know if you have any questions. Bubs and I are still nursing but trying to wean so we don't have too high of a preterm labor risk with new baby ( I am 4 says behind you but should have me c section about a week before my due date!)

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" All you need it boobs and a baby, lol. Well, definitely get some lanolin for sore nipples, nursing pads ... [snip!] ... and a boppy if it'll make you feel more comfortable (I used it for months and months). And a pump if you think you'll need one."


haha this made me laugh that was a giving. thank you I dont anything about it really. i had to bottle feed my other LOs for different reasons. im hoping i will get to actually try it this time around.

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" Well firstly are you going back to work? If you are invest us good quality pump. I recommend medela! ... [snip!] ... of a preterm labor risk with new baby ( I am 4 says behind you but should have me c section about a week before my due date!)"


Im not sure yet but i still plan on pumping. Im having a C section. I know with my last 3 I didnt get to see them for 3 to 5 hours after. does that make a difference?

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
4th Apr '13

i would suggest reading a lot about it to help you feel more comfortable knowing what you are doing ahead of time but the reality is until you actually do it its hard to "know" make sure you have a consultation with lactation at the hospital before you leave and they can help you a lot with making sure your positioning and latch are correct as well as answer any questions you may have. for me, there were some questions i had after he was born and i was trying to nurse him that i would never have even thought about before hand. Just trust yourself and have patience! its not easy for most starting out but with time and practice it gets easier and well worth it!

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" Im not sure yet but i still plan on pumping. Im having a C section. I know with my last 3 I didnt get to see them for 3 to 5 hours after. does that make a difference?"


They're born with a full tummy so they really shouldn't need to give baby formula even after a couple hrs. Tell them you want him asap and to not give a bottle or paci.

And I agree about the pump. I loved my medela, used it for 13 months, and will use it again.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Brit :):" i would suggest reading a lot about it to help you feel more comfortable knowing what you are doing ahead ... [snip!] ... yourself and have patience! its not easy for most starting out but with time and practice it gets easier and well worth it!"


:!: Give it a good 6 weeks at least.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10385 posts
4th Apr '13

Grrrrr I had so much typed and now its gone lol
I was saying!! research a lot, I did my whole pregnancy and after pregnancy.
There is some stuff you need to know! like what to do if you are not producing a lot, how to get a correct latch, what to do for nipple pain. Lots of little things.



http://www.kellymom.com



is a great site, and will pretty much answer ANY questions you want to know...
its great to have support and someone there for you to help you push along the first few weeks....
also make sure you have breast pads, and nipple ointments.



if you have any specific questions you can go to that site, or ask me :)
Its not as hard as some people make it...in fact, I do not see how its harder work then making and cleaning bottles in the middle of the night! I think the fact that I co-sleep and nurse my babies to sleep, is what helps my supply be so good too!

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Colt's mommy:" :!: Give it a good 6 weeks at least."


gosh the first couple weeks were terrible. & now 14 months later i can hardly even tell hes latched on hahaha

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
4th Apr '13

thanks ladies. I will definantly read all I can about it. thanks for all the info. i will prolly reread the thread alot just to make sure i got everything so if you think so something else feel free to post it!

user banned (girl); TTC since May 2008; Pounding Mill, VA, United States 3612 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" I want to try it with this baby. but I do not know anything about breastfeeding. any tips? things i will need."


All you need is a boob out of a shirt, and a baby. Congrats and Good Luck!!

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
4th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elena Gilbert:</b>" Im not sure yet but i still plan on pumping. Im having a C section. I know with my last 3 I didnt get to see them for 3 to 5 hours after. does that make a difference?"</blockquote>




Why so long? I had my son in my arms within 30 minutes of them taking him out c section? Immediately in recovery I had him skin to skin! I would let it be known you want him in recovery with you skin to skin for breastfeeding even without baby should be fine for a few hours because their born with full tummys.

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Elena Gilbert:</b>" Im not sure yet but i still plan on pumping. ... [snip!] ... with you skin to skin for breastfeeding even without baby should be fine for a few hours because their born with full tummys."


well with my first the sent him to the Nicu in another state I couldnt go until 3 days later.. my 2nd she had to be kept in the nursrey in an incubator because he had fluid on her lungs that took 24 hours.and one dr told me i couldnt go in to see her. then her pedi came in 4 hours before she was supposed to get out and yelled at me for not going in to see her.. (i was super pissed) my 3rd he got to come in there but bc SOs whole family (like 30+ people) was in there they all held him and crap and wouldnt leave(i told everyone to get out they just kept coming back in) plus my milk didnt come in until a week or so later..

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22111 posts
4th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" well with my first the sent him to the Nicu in another state I couldnt go until 3 days later.. my 2nd ... [snip!] ... wouldnt leave(i told everyone to get out they just kept coming back in) plus my milk didnt come in until a week or so later.."


That's sad that that stuff kept you from breastfeeding :( My LO was in the NICU for 8 days and we couldn't hold him at all for 3 days but I pumped that whole time and nursed him the first time the day before we took him home and he did great. After we got him home he had breastmilk only till solids and cow's milk at 12 months but still nursed till 16 months.