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August 4th, 2011, 11:23 AM
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This article is really interesting. I know the hospital I want to go to has a rooming in policy, they just don't have very many rooms for it. Only about 30 in one of the hospitals and 40 in another.

U.S. hospitals poor at breast-feeding support: study | Reuters

They do have a free doula service where I am and I think they might give first time mamas a breast pump but I can't remember. How do y'all feel about these statistics?
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August 4th, 2011, 12:20 PM
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I think being as informed as you can is going to be your biggest support. Take breastfeeding classes, even babies r us offers them. Try to find someone in your life who can help you. Both my mom and my SIL were very helpful to me in the beginning even if it was just to listen to my frustrations. It also helped that my husband was very supportive and informed as well. Honestly the nurses in our hospital didn't help me much at all but they really messed my sister in law up trying to force my nephew to latch and she ended up only bfing for 2 weeks, after have successfully bfed my niece previously. So my advice to first time moms is be your own advocate!
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August 4th, 2011, 01:59 PM
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The lactation consultant was on vacation when I gave birth to Emily and apparently there was no back up. I had trouble getting the baby to latch and almost all the nurses would push the formula. When I got frustrated one time, the nurse said "Just give her the formula, you're frustrated, she's frustrated and she's hungry. You're not doing anybody any favors continuing like this." By the time I left the hospital on the fourth day I was broken down and defeated. I didn't even try when I got home figuring that the few helpful nurses couldn't help me and I was doomed. I pumped, but found that I wasn't producing much and that it took so much extra time that I quit after a month leading to the guiltiest moment (and feeling like the most selfish moment) of the first few weeks I spent with her. The lactation consultant sent me a postcard a few days after I'd quit pumping encouraging me to continue and call if I had any questions or concerns. Too little, too late. I dread the whole fight and feelings of guilt over this issue this next time. I agree that my hospital did nothing to encourage it and even pushed keeping the baby in the nursery and feeding her formula so I could get more sleep.
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August 4th, 2011, 03:46 PM
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With my first the lactation lady was great he was not good at latching but shed come and help me everyday he ended up being severely jaundice and had to supplement formula to help and I got sick and milk dried up ds2 he went to nicu bc his blood sugar was messed up and they told me I had to give formula (although he had latched and did great) I never seen the lactation lady then and they made me give him formula plus the breast got home got sick and milk dried up, this time I'm refusing formula unless it is an emergency
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August 4th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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When the nurse brought DS to me she was very nice and wanted to show me how to bf ds. But he knew what to do so no help needed, they also gave me a maual pump to keep even though I did not like the maual. They really supported bf which was nice.
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August 4th, 2011, 07:59 PM
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At the hospital I will be delivering at they are excellent at supporting breast feeding. They have a lactation consultant there all hours of the day and with my son she saved my life because she got him latched so that I could sleep while he ate right after birth because I was sooo tired and loopy from the epidural. At our hospital it is strongly encouraged for all babies to room in and they only really come get them to check weight and give them a bath at midnight and if he was eating when they came for him they would come back later. I loved it because he was only gone for maybe 20 minutes and came back perfectly wrapped and sound asleep. The second day he decided to cluster feed and after five hours and it being 3 in the morning the nurse caught me zombie walking in the hall and told me to leave him with her and go get some sleep. I told her no paci and no formula and went back to my room and cried myself to sleep. The next morning they brought him in all asleep and snuggly I asked the nurse if he had been given formula or paci and she snapped at me "you told us that you didn't want that!" Other then her who i only saw twice everyone was great would complement how great he was doing breastfeeding and was very supportive. When I took him for the post postpartum visit at 4 days the nurse tried to tell me I wasn't feeding him often enough because I fed on demand. When she weighed him she ate her words because he had gain 6 ounces over birth weight and she said to keep up whatever I was doing.
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August 5th, 2011, 03:33 AM
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Our hospital is very supportive. I remember with my first, he would not latch on and they would not send me home until he did. I thought that was really nice. I get to keep the baby in the room with me except for the pediatrician check ups and tests. I just found them to very supportive and they even put a little tag on their beds that said "I'm a breastfed boy/girl". They never even put formula in his little cart/ bed or even a binky with my last one.
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August 5th, 2011, 07:19 AM
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The hospital I delivered DS at and the one I'll have this baby at only do rooming in. There's only a nursery for sick babies. I didn't successfully bf him but it had nothing to do with them being against bfing. I'm hoping this time is much different!
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August 5th, 2011, 11:10 AM
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help me out ladies, are pacis bad for bf babies? I'm a newbie! I didn't know that!
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August 5th, 2011, 01:24 PM
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I EBF my son and he also had a paci! I was told it would cause nipple confusion, but I didn't believe that was true. Sure enough for us, it was fine! He took anything we shoved in his mouth!
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August 5th, 2011, 02:00 PM
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help me out ladies, are pacis bad for bf babies? I'm a newbie! I didn't know that!
Most ladies tend to keep the pacy away from bf babies to avoid nipple confusion in the beginning, but don't feel bad about introducing them later on. There have been some studies to suggest they help prevent SIDS. =) I tried giving one to DD after a while because of that, but she never would take it.
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August 5th, 2011, 02:19 PM
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my BF'd babies never took a paci. I did allow it, but they just never wanted it.

I had a graet LC in the hospital, but I know that there is a huge lack of support in hospitals and that formula is pushed in the US much more than BF. It's sad. So many women want a BF relationship, but it isn't easy for everyone. There is a reason why the US has one of the lowest infant mortality rates out of any other industrialized country, and I am sure that this is part of it.
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August 5th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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Most ladies tend to keep the pacy away from bf babies to avoid nipple confusion in the beginning, but don't feel bad about introducing them later on. There have been some studies to suggest they help prevent SIDS. =) I tried giving one to DD after a while because of that, but she never would take it.

I've never had any problems with nipple confusion either. I have known several people that have though. I tried to give a pacifier to mine but they never would take to it.
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August 5th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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There are some studies that show that it helps prevent SIDs though and babies born with weak sucking reflexes. So I think it's up to preference. I've read things that say that nipple confusion is the downfall of almost all breastfeeding and some that say that nipple confusion is a total myth. I think it'll up to you to do the research and see what you think.
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August 5th, 2011, 10:47 PM
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Our hospital we will be delivering at is pretty good about supporting breastfeeding mothers. I remember my sister having her first son and they had a lactation specialist in there as soon as he was born to help her with it! She did really well too.

I plan to use as much help as I can get since this will be my first baby that will be breastfed so that we can hopefully avoid allergy issues. He/she will be in my room the whole time as well. They only take them from you to be checked out by the dr, and give them a bath which you can help with too. Some mothers choose to send their babies to the nursery at night to sleep but I just can't do it!
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