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January 21st, 2013, 09:10 AM
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I hope you all don't mind if I lurk in here and ask some questions as I think of them! I'll give my back story a little. I'm currently 15 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and ever since getting pregnant have gone back and forth as to whether I was going to breastfeed or go the formula route. My DD is almost 3 and I was only able to breastfeed her for 5 days due to lack of supply. When she was 5 days old she was literally starving. I gave her a bottle of formula and she chugged it in 5 min and was so satisfied after that. So we stuck with formula. I literally had NO milk only 5 days after giving birth. So discouraging! So the only breastfeeding experience I have was stressful, discouraging, and just not pleasant. HOWEVER, I think I've decided to give it another go. So I'm starting my research early, going to ask questions, and probably take a breastfeeding class before baby gets here. I guess I'm just here looking for support because IRL I have literally none. My hubby and mom are my 2 biggest supporters in everything but when it comes to breastfeeding they both think I should just take the easy way out and give formula.

I already know a couple easy fixes this time around to try and keep my supply up. Looking back, I don't think I was eating enough calories OR drinking enough water. I also tried to nurse on a schedule and for only so many minutes on each side and this time I will just nurse nurse nurse around the clock if I have to to get my supply going.

Any other general advice or encouraging words!!?? Thanks gals!
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January 21st, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Hi there & congrats on your pregnancy! I'm pregnant with #2 also right now, and have been kind of lurking over here as I mentally prepare for breastfeeding again. I've heard a lot of mommas voice the same kind of struggles, so you're not alone. And the fact that you're willing to give it another try says a lot!

I don't know if you've checked out either of these sites, but I read just about everything I could find on the La Leche League (LLLI | Home)and Kellymom (http://www.kellymom.com) websites when my first was a newborn. They both have a TON of great info. I especially liked the Kellymom site...seriously, such a good resource.

Sounds like you're already on the right track with making sure you eat enough calories, get enough water, and nurse on demand. Those things should really help. If you have any specific questions, ask away!
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January 21st, 2013, 11:43 AM
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thank you!!! I will definitely check out those websites!! Congrats on baby #2!!
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January 21st, 2013, 06:09 PM
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You're welcome, and thanks!
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January 21st, 2013, 09:35 PM
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I have to say, I'm mostly just a lurker.... But I wanted to say good for you! I think it is great when moms try and breastfeed. My first I breastfed until 4 months, my supply just wasn't enough, mostly because I worked and the pump just couldn't cut it. I am currently breastfeeding my second who is 4 months old.

I hope you find the support you need here. I can somewhat relate, my husband also thinks it would be simpler to formula feed. Once you get past the beginning it gets o much easier. I have to say, it is pretty nice to not have to make bottles in the middle if the night and not have to prepare bottles and such before leaving the house!

Good luck to you!
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January 22nd, 2013, 04:30 AM
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were you induced or had a scheduled c with your first? if so, it can take up to a week for your milk to come in, but that is ok, because your baby will get colostrum and at that age, their tummy's are the size of a marble. With each subsequent pregnancy you will generally produce more milk, so hopefully this time around, you will be armed with more info, support, and be able to nurse.
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January 23rd, 2013, 03:33 PM
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were you induced or had a scheduled c with your first? if so, it can take up to a week for your milk to come in, but that is ok, because your baby will get colostrum and at that age, their tummy's are the size of a marble. With each subsequent pregnancy you will generally produce more milk, so hopefully this time around, you will be armed with more info, support, and be able to nurse.
No I was not induced and no I did not have a c-section. My milk definitely came in on about day 4 and then it was like day 5 it was just gone. I don't know what happened. They were huge and full and uncomfortable one day and then empty the next and just back to like they were before baby. I never leaked (which I know a lot of ppl say they wake up and have leaked everywhere or at least a little bit) not even a drop when I woke up after a 2-3 hr stretch. I'm really hoping it works this time and I produce more!!!
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January 23rd, 2013, 06:59 PM
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Congrats on your pregnancy!

Just wanted to encourage you that baby #2 may be totally different. I tried bf'ing my first. It was a nightmare. She had latch issues, colic and I was a new, scared mom. I pumped for 7 weeks and it was hell. When I got pregnant the second time, I wanted to try bf'ing again but told myself that if it didn't go well from the get-go I was going to switch to formula and not beat myself up. Well, dd#2 nursed like a champ! I was way more relaxed as a BTDT mom and we also didn't have any latch issues. I also saw a great lactation specialist when dd was a week old, who reassured me that I had a good milk supply and that baby was getting all she needed. I even had to stop nursing for one week as I developed shingles and had to take medication. I pumped and dumped for a week and was worried she wouldn't go back to nursing...but she did with no problems! I breastfed her until I got pregnant with my son at 16 months. It was a great experience. I would definitely encourage you to try and just see how it goes!
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January 24th, 2013, 04:36 AM
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I would mention your previous experience with your OB or MW. It could be thyroid issues or PCOS affecting your milk.
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January 24th, 2013, 03:36 PM
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I will definitely be telling them that I want to try and breastfeed again and talk to them about how last time I was unsuccessful. I will also be in contact with a lactation consultant during the first week if I'm struggling. I'm really confident that I was just a first time "dumb" mom and didn't nurse enough to keep my supply up. But that's in the past and I'm determined to do it this time for at least longer than a week! haha!! but really I plan to have short term goals at first and see how it goes! thank you all for your comments!! And bmarti07 your story is soooo encouraging!!!
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January 24th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Good luck mama, you can do it!
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January 24th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Sounds like a good plan!
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January 25th, 2013, 05:45 AM
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Sounds like you have a plan! I think small goals are good. When I wanted to attempt to bf #2 I made really small goals. First it was just to try for a couple weeks...then a month, then , 6, etc. Although, after 2 months it got so easy that I couldn't imagine going back to bottle-feeding! It really does get easier as you go along. I hope this one works out great for you!!
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February 3rd, 2013, 06:51 PM
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My first nursing experience was also not a great one and I gave up.

My second was a great nurser and never any problems!!! Great from day 1!

I didn't see anyone mention skin to skin yet. A lot of that!! Along with healthy diet and plenty of fluids/water and rest as much as possible. Gl! Kup!
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