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Breastfeeding Mamas, your help please! Miranda 2&1/2 Due December 7; 2 kids; Washington 113 posts
10th Jun '13

Hi ladies,
So I'm 14 weeks pregnant with baby #3 & want to better prepare for breastfeeding this time around. I did not breastfeed with my other 2. My first was a preemie which made things a little difficult & although I went to a lactation specialist we both just couldn't catch on. My second baby I tried but once again it seemed difficult so sadly I gave up & formula fed. I pumped with both in te first week but then switched to formula. This time around I'd love the experience and want to try everything in my power to EB. What advice can you give me? I desperately want the experience & the best for baby. Thanks :)

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18148 posts
10th Jun '13

If you are really serious about it keep these things in mind:
The first couple months are the hardest and the baby will want to nurse pretty much 24/7. (I suggest investing in a carrier that you can BF in)
Do NOT keep formula in the house at all. (It's way too tempting at 3am when you're having a rough night)
Co sleeping while nursing will make your life 100 times easier
It's gets easier with time
Patience patience patience
Don't be afraid to nurse in public, it is your right.
Good luck!
Feel free to Pm me with any questions

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:" If you are really serious about it keep these things in mind: The first couple months are the hardest ... [snip!] ... patience patience Don't be afraid to nurse in public, it is your right. Good luck! Feel free to Pm me with any questions"

All of this.



Trust your body! You and baby were both made for it. It isn't as hard as people can sometimes make it seem. Just feed baby whenever they want. Don't worry that baby isn't eating enough and don't let anyone give your baby formula.

dbailey 2 kids; Arkansas 3727 posts
10th Jun '13

Nipple shields. I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.. DD1 couldn't latch right at first and we used it for about 2 weeks until she learned to open her mouth. After the first week I would just start off with it and take it off once she got going. DD2 was super aggressive. Like everytime it was time to feed her I dreaded it to the point I was in tears. I got a sheild and it helped sooo much. It gave me time to heal and she learned to slow down a little lol. DD1 nursed for 11 months and DD2 nursed for 17

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3438 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting dbailey:</b>" Nipple shields. I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.. DD1 couldn't latch right at first and ... [snip!] ... sooo much. It gave me time to heal and she learned to slow down a little lol. DD1 nursed for 11 months and DD2 nursed for 17"</blockquote>




Nipple shields commonly ruin breast feeding relationships. Not trying to be mean, but it should be absolute last resort.

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1733 posts
10th Jun '13

Just don't give up. Keep trying keep feeding keep persisting. Its really hard at first but you just gotta push through. The baby will eat ALOT in the first couple months so you will have to be prepared to pretty much have him attached to your hip. Breastfeeding is my favorite part of having an infant. There is nothing sweeter than when my little boy looks up into his mommies eyes while he's feeding. Oh yes and make sure the baby opens his mouth very wide before he latches otherwise he will latch incorrectly and you're nipples will hurt. Oh and try not to give the paci for at least the first month. Good luck you can do it!!!! : )

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18148 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting dbailey:</b>" Nipple shields. I wouldn't have been able to do ... [snip!] ... Nipple shields commonly ruin breast feeding relationships. Not trying to be mean, but it should be absolute last resort."</blockquobte>




Bologna! I've seen so many women thrive with a nipple shield

Samantha Lembo TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; Bradenton, Florida 751 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting drunk faith1:" All of this. Trust your body! You and baby were both made for it. It isn't as hard as people can sometimes ... [snip!] ... Just feed baby whenever they want. Don't worry that baby isn't eating enough and don't let anyone give your baby formula. "


Everything the first two said! The trust your body part cannot be stressed enough! Everyone feels insecure when they are doing something for the first time but you just have to remind yourself that you were made to be able to do this and anyone who tells you differently is under-informed! Growth spurts will make your breasts feel empty for days straight, baby will be cluster-feeding and you may get behind on housework but don't let that fool you! Baby is nursing extra to tell your body to make more and your body WILL RESPOND! :)

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3438 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting dbailey:</b>" ... [snip!] ... but it should be absolute last resort."</blockquobte> Bologna! I've seen so many women thrive with a nipple shield"</blockquote>




And I've seen them fail.
Research it yourself: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/
Like I said, only if nothing else is working.

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18148 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... fail. Research it yourself: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/ Like I said, only if nothing else is working."</blockquote>



Oh I'm not doubting you lol (when I use the word bologna it usually means I'm jokin around)...I've never heard of a nipple shield being bad. Although I've never given it much thought since I never had to use one

Samantha Lembo TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; Bradenton, Florida 751 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting eKnuckles:" <blockquote><b>Quoting dbailey:</b>" Nipple shields. I wouldn't have been able to do ... [snip!] ... Nipple shields commonly ruin breast feeding relationships. Not trying to be mean, but it should be absolute last resort."


I agree. I had inverted nipples and I was determined not to use one.

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3438 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Grace's ... [snip!] ... around)...I've never heard of a nipple shield being bad. Although I've never given it much thought since I never had to use one"</blockquote>



You actually made me hungry lol.

Elliot Grace (18 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 18148 posts
10th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... Although I've never given it much thought since I never had to use one"</blockquote> You actually made me hungry lol."</blockquote>



Mmmmm fried bologna sandwich