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I went to a class that WIC offered. It actually helped a little...just knowing a few things. Like, when your milk comes in your breast might be too full for the baby to properly latch, so you should express a little so they can latch better, things like that.
They also went through the proper storage and such of breastmilk, which was also good to know. So I'd suggest attending if you can.
I never had the option to take themn with my first, otherwise I would have.
with my first the nurses helped me after he was born, and TBH it drove me NUTS!! LOL. them telling me how to hold him, moving my boob around, agh, i just wanted to be left alone, LOL. needless to say I went through 6 weeks of HELL because he wasnt latching on right, I am very stubborn though and fought through it and after 6 weeks we were both champs.
Lactation consultants help ALOT. If its something you are offered and it isn to out of the way, I would definitely recommend it!
My birthing class had BF classes at the end added on and I was so greatful for all I learned. Also, ask for a lacation consultant. All the nurses do things differently and I wish I asked to see the lac consultant my first day. She was amazing and got him BF after he was bottle fed.
Dee, I worked with a lactation consultant at my last command. that was my job. Even being around her and teaching moms everyday, i was so lost when it came to myself. they are such a help. also just remember that if you take them and still have some trouble, it isnt yours or the baby's fault. mom and baby just have to find a groove to get into to make it work for everyone.
it shouldnt be painful either, if youre cracking or bleeding, katie is not latching on correctly.
I did not take them with my son, and we had all kinds of trouble. The nurses tried to help us but it just didn't do the trick. I ended up pumping instead. Then I got Mastitis on both sides from all the cracking. It was terrible. This time I am taking free classes through WIC. They also have a lactation consultant who makes house calls after baby is born whenever you need her. I am so glad you are taking the classes. I think they will help a lot.
i am taking a two hour course the first week of july. it is offered for free by the hospital i will deliver at. i figure it can't hurt so i might as well see if i can learn something. i really want to do my best at brestfeeding. plus i think it will be helpful for justin to learn info about storing and thawing breastmilk.