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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 b**b 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 b**b 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 8625 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 b**b 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 b**bs 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 4635 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