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March 11th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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And for the first time moms (or first time nursing moms):
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

(have I mentioned how much I love kellymom.com? )
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March 11th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Love it! Kelly mom is a great place for info. I would ask your pedi/dr their thoughts on breastfeeding also, it could change your mind on seeing them. Mine is great but we have one in town that does everything to discourage nursing (?)!
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March 11th, 2013, 11:35 AM
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^ That's a good point. For the most part our ped office was supportive of our breast feeding Grace so long, BUT...one time DH took her in when she was nearly a year old (for a UTI), and the doctor (not her normal one) told DH that I should wean her soon, because it would be much harder to wean later on, and also because it could damage her teeth. What? LOL. Needless to say, we kept going until 29 months, and when she did wean, it was super easy. And...her teeth are just fine.
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March 11th, 2013, 11:38 AM
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Our dr encouraged me to keep going as long as DD wanted, which I loved. He is 'old school' which is another reason I love him lol.
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March 11th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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I think that info from Kellymom is great, but it doesn't talk about what might be going on with Mom. I can't stress enough that as much as the lactation folks seem to say that it should never hurt if done right, that sometimes it hurts like a wild, flaming mofo. You want to die and you think it will never get better and it's the worst thing in the world, and it happens 8-12 times a day!

And as much as you can't possibly believe it in the moment, it DOES get better. You do what you have to do to get through those initial weeks (sometimes up to 2 months!) be it a nipple shield, pacifier to get away from comfort sucking, nipple creams, sitting around topless, taking some pain meds, crying, even a little formula supplementing (though that can certainly affect your supply). And I swear to you it will improve. You just have to mentally buckle down.

I mean, yeah, there are medical circumstances that come into play and other stuff too, so I am no expert to blanket everything into one lump sum, but generally speaking, what I saw and heard from fellow moms was that it was often terrible horrible no good to start and than blammo- one day every just gets it and it's the easiest thing in the world. If you follow the Kellymom advice about getting your supply up and charge through it, you'll be golden.

That's my $0.02 about that.
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March 11th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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^ DEFINITELY agree. I was just telling DH last night that, while I knew it was probably going to hurt, I didn't realize how much. And Grace had a perfect latch, and there were no other obvious issues. I did sit around topless in the early days, and I also depended heavily on those soothing gel pads. But it DID get much better.
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March 11th, 2013, 01:00 PM
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I agree 100% with everything posted here so far. We did have latch problems at the start. Partly because I have big nipples (I feel like that is TMI and I'm a little embarrassed to post it, but oh well), and partly because I didn't take the LCs seriously enough when they told me he needed to be latching on to as much of my huge nipples as possible. It seemed silly and impossible, but I should have listened better. So there was some major pain as we tried to figure it out. I remember dreading feeding him, and then I felt so guilty for feeling that way. Plus I had company at my house for too long, which made it harder to do some of the things that could have helped me heal faster. It was not pretty, and I still have scars from those first couple weeks.

ANYway, it did get better, and then I was so glad to have made it through the hard part. What saved me from quitting was Medela nipple shields and Dr. Newman's Triple Nipple Cream.
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March 13th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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^ I do think having company around makes it more difficult in some ways. Help can be nice, but honestly, sitting around topless without feeling awkward is nice, too!
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Lmao I lost all shame in the hospital! I didn't care who seen my tits.

Funniest incident was taking Mia to the orthopedic surgeon. She was hungry so i nursed her in the room. The doc came in and nearly had a panic attack he was so embarrassed.

I gotta say though, LC's need to drop the whole it shouldn't hurt line. A baby is attached constantly, how can it not hurt? You make women think they are doing it wrong. Yes it shouldn't hurt after a bit but in the start, yes it hurts.

Bf'ing sucks in the beginning. But its so worth it, and gets easier! I loved just popping her on the breast and being up for maybe 5 mins at the most for part
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I was kind of surprised that the doctors who came in my hospital room when I was nursing were embarrassed, and said they'd come back later. I told them that I was fine...they could stay. Some did, some didn't.
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March 13th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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I never understood it. Your in the medical profession, these are part of the human body. Bf'ing is 100% natural
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Thanks for posting this and all the additional comments. I plan to BF but feel so overwhelmed with all the information and worry I won't remember everything.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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I never understood it. Your in the medical profession, these are part of the human body. Bf'ing is 100% natural
Exactly!

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Thanks for posting this and all the additional comments. I plan to BF but feel so overwhelmed with all the information and worry I won't remember everything.
No problem! And don't hesitate to ask questions later/when the time comes!
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March 13th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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I'd also like to add that if you have a medicated delivery then you'll probably receive quite a bit of fluids through the IV, those fluids go to your baby too. So for baby's start weight I'd ask for the baby to be weighed at 24 hours old and go from there. I have so many friends whose peds freaked out on them when baby lost too much weight (in the doc's opinion) when in reality baby was perfectly fine and gaining back at a steady pace. So just to be on the safe side and avoid unnecessary worries, check your baby's weight at 1 day old before you head home
http://www.internationalbreastfeedin.../content/6/1/9
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I was just reading a different article about that the other day. Definitely a good point to remember.
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