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This may have been asked before, but can anyone recommend a good book or two on it? I only breastfed Haeden for 7 weeks and it was never exclusive. They had me supplementing with formula before he was a week old and after that I couldn't get him to stay on the boob long enough to eat. He always fell asleep no matter what I did to try and keep him awake. This time I want it to be different. I am hoping to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months and hopefully up to a year even though I have to go back to work at 8 weeks. I never even met with a lactation specialist last time, so I feel like a first timer again.
Also, a friend of mine gave me her pump. It has to be quite old, but she said it was sterilized and I just need to buy a few parts for it. What kind of parts would that be? The hoses and stuff? All I had before was a manual and it was horrid. I definitely don't want to do that again.
Here are my suggestions: 1) know that it is natural and totally possible in almost every situation it is possible to exclusively breastfeed, but it takes dedication especially in the beginning. As soon as one supplements with formula it undermines the nursing. 2) But it is so worth it--good for everyone and so much easier and convenient once established. I did some reading (sorry can't remember anything specific) and took a one night class before my son was born. But what really helped me was TONSSSSS of help from nurses and lactation consultants in the hospital (my son had been in the NICU and given one bottle of formula). It took a ton of dedication in those first days (sometimes I had to turn away visitors in order to focus on try to nurse or pump). I had to use things to assist such as a nipple shield, pumping, tiny hoses and syringes, plus make constant trips up to the nicu day and night. It is 100% due to intense dedication on my part and the support staff that I was able to make it happen. So make use of nurses and lactation consultants!!!!
oh, and on the pump, yes, you should replace any tubing and other plastic parts as they can harbor things like yeast and bacteria. Sometimes older pumps are great and sometimes they are beyond their lifespan and not as functional. Honestly, I would highly recommend calling your insurance company to ask about their breastpump benefits. All private insurances are now required to provide something (I know at least in my state, medicaid is exempted).
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!