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Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2623 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" I had a baby app on my phone with my youngest. Writing it all out with my oldest? Only lasted in the hospital! lol And that was only because they made me do it lol!!"

Yea the hospital made us do it as well. I seen an app that i want DF to put on his phone when we have LO.

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2623 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" Yes!"

Anything you recommend? I didn't have a wrap or sling with DD i just held her and fed her

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3314 posts
1st May '13

Generally, you're supposed to try to feed from both sides at a feeding, switching after 10 minutes or so. But most newborns will fall asleep after just 1 side. You just have to go with the flow. Follow your baby's lead. Never wake a sleeping baby to feed! It will help to wear a bracelet and switch wrists so you remember which side to start on at the next feeding.
Pumping depends on if/when you are going back to work. I had taken 8 weeks of maternity leave and didn't start pumping until 6 weeks pp. If you start pumping right away, you'll create an oversupply and constantly be uncomfortable. If you're not going back to work, you really don't need to pump at all, unless you'd like to build up a small freezer supply for going out and such. Still, it's best to wait about 6 weeks. I always pumped after the first early morning feed. Even after nursing, I could still get 4 - 6 oz to save. :) Milk production peaks overnight, so that's when you'll get the most milk. Once baby starts sleeping 5 - 6 hour stretches consistently, you can wake up in the middle of that time to pump also, that's how I built a huge supply for going back to work.
I also recommend joining a lactation group (check with the hospital). For the first few weeks, I would take my baby in once a week, they'd weigh him, I'd nurse, then they'd weigh baby again to see how much he drank. It was very cool! And also gave me a good idea of how much to put in a bottle for when I went back to work. It was free and there were lactation consultants there to answer any questions, help with latch issues, or they'd just leave you alone and let you nurse.
Best of luck on your bf'ing journey!

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy:" Anything you recommend? I didn't have a wrap or sling with DD i just held her and fed her"


I made mine with some jersey knit fabric. I can't remember exactly how much you need, though. I made it and used it like a Moby wrap. (noting that this was 4 years ago haha)

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
1st May '13

whatever you do, make sure you dont favor one breast more than the other. for some reason DS liked one better than the other, and it ended up being a cup size bigger :/

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2623 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Mrs.Mud:" Generally, you're supposed to try to feed from both sides at a feeding, switching after 10 minutes or ... [snip!] ... any questions, help with latch issues, or they'd just leave you alone and let you nurse. Best of luck on your bf'ing journey!"

Thanks So much this definitely is a big help. I only want to pump to keep a small supply on hand. In case i run to the store or am away from baby and DF is home with him that he can feed him. I will definitely look into a lactation class, i know the hospital that i will be delivering at has nurses to assist with latch issues and questions, but i dont know if they have any class for after you leave the hospital.

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2623 posts
1st May '13
Quoting J+D=4:" whatever you do, make sure you dont favor one breast more than the other. for some reason DS liked one better than the other, and it ended up being a cup size bigger :/"

OMG that would be awful. Thanks for letting me know.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3314 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy:" OMG that would be awful. Thanks for letting me know. "


Just to warn you, this may happen regardless. My left has always been a better milk producer and when I'm nursing, it is noticably larger. I try feeding from the right side more often, but it just doesn't even out. :/

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Mrs.Mud:" Just to warn you, this may happen regardless. My left has always been a better milk producer and when ... [snip!] ... and when I'm nursing, it is noticably larger. I try feeding from the right side more often, but it just doesn't even out. :/"


yeah mine are finally (wont say back to normal) the same sizes and my DS is 8... and my MIL joked that one boob must be filled with chocolate milk.. and thats why he preferred it

Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy 2 kids; De Pere, Wisconsin 2623 posts
1st May '13
Quoting J+D=4:" yeah mine are finally (wont say back to normal) the same sizes and my DS is 8... and my MIL joked that one boob must be filled with chocolate milk.. and thats why he preferred it"

LOL i can see one being slightly bigger than the other but a size bigger. I already have problems shopping for bras, how do you shop for a bra with 2 different cup sizes

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Nanna Boo Boo's Mommy:" LOL i can see one being slightly bigger than the other but a size bigger. I already have problems shopping for bras, how do you shop for a bra with 2 different cup sizes"


Shop for the larger size cup in bras that you can remove the padding. Remove the padding for the larger size and leave the padding for the smaller size.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" Shop for the larger size cup in bras that you can remove the padding. Remove the padding for the larger size and leave the padding for the smaller size."


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