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First time BF .::*U&}i{&Me+3*::. 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Virginia 2764 posts
7th Nov '13

Third times a charm I guess! Finally LO #3 is interested in the boob so I have lots of questions. Any tips, advice, ect from EBF moms and BF working moms?

Is there anything I should avoid? Is caffeine ok?
Tips for latching, she has a STRONG suck and I know she is not latching correctly because there is pain at first.
Also I will be going back to work in Jan so we introduced the bottle already..any tips for that transition. When DH feeds her she is still looking for the boob even after finishing the whole bottle. I don't want her to be screaming and freaking out because I will not be home to BF.
I was told to alternate breasts each feeding and to eventually do both breasts for one feeding..is this the best way?
Tips for pumping. When, how long?

I really know NOTHING...its horrible I know..

Anything I should know that people dont tell you?! LOL

I am so excited and loving the bonding experience with her :) First week down and I am not feeling discouraged so that is a plus!

TIA!

.::*U&}i{&Me+3*::. 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Virginia 2764 posts
7th Nov '13

Oh and nipple sensitivity... anything to help this?

~Sparky~ 2 kids; 2nd star to the right, CA, United States 9604 posts
status 7th Nov '13

Caffeine - depends on the babe. DD was ok if I had a cup of coffee a day, a friend couldn't even have decaf without her baby being wired.

latch- flatten the boob like sandwich and aim the nipple for the tonsils lol only way I got enough in there. Suggest a lactation consultant as well

bottles- if they are not still hungry sounds like they are looking to comfort suck, we used a paci, everyone has their own opinions on that one

personally I always alrernated boobs for feeds. Been doing it 22 months.. seems to have worked just fine. Everyone is dif

Pumping- half way between feeds I would pump the side I hadn't nursed from, that way I was never empty at one time. I know you are never truly empty, but psychologically made mw feel better. When I went back to work @6weeks I'd get up early, pump, fees before work (if she was asleep pump at work) and the pump every 2 hours. I was in a very supportive environment


congrats! You've got this!!

MamaTay[Kennedi] 1 child; Greenville, Texas 4855 posts
status 7th Nov '13

http://www.babygaga.com/t-2555836/breastfeeding-ti...
check that out. Red Bottom posted it recently.

.::*U&}i{&Me+3*::. 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Virginia 2764 posts
7th Nov '13

Thanks!

Vicki McDonald Due September 28 (boy); 3 kids; Belleville, Ontario 927 posts
7th Nov '13

Really? we can't write suck? that is just weird.
I just wanted to add that if it only hurts for a few seconds when she latches on that might not mean she isn't latching well. My son was an awesome nurser and it hurt alittle when he first latched for about 2 weeks. Mom support groups are awesome. If there is a La Leche group around you definitely check it out. :)

.::*U&}i{&Me+3*::. 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Virginia 2764 posts
8th Nov '13

Quoting Vicki McDonald:
Really? we can't write suck? that is just weird.
I just wanted to add that if it only hurts for a few seconds when she latches on that might not mean she isn't latching well. My son was an awesome nurser and it hurt alittle when he first latched for about 2 weeks. Mom support groups are awesome. If there is a La Leche group around you definitely check it out. :)


The right side is not as painful as the left it generally gets better after a little. I am hoping after a few weeks the pain will stop all together. I know she is not opening her mouth enough but she is so tiny compared to my now massive breasts! LOL