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i only knew 1 person that BF her kids (that were a couple years older than M & C). she was my BEST FRIEND and i called for advice when i couldn't get them latched & they were fighting me & stuff. i guess i was hoping she'd come over and watch me & try to help me with positioning & stuff. but her response was "if they get hungry enough they'll eat". ummm....NO THEY WON'T!!! i guess she didn't really understand the complexity of the fact that they were preemies, they HAD to eat. or that they had feeding tubes and stuff and didn't get a chance to have the boob for their first couple of weeks. or that even the lactation consultants didn't give me any hope when they'd say "how would you feel if she NEVER breastfed?" or "he's a typical bottle fed baby". i was so pissed with her
I just winged it. I thought it would be easier. Riley had trouble latching at first. Looking at the situation now, I think I have flat nipples. My Mom and sister brought me a nipple shield while I was in the hospital, and it worked wonders. Interesting none of the nurses had that idea!