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July 28th, 2013, 04:03 PM
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So I thought I was really set on breastfeeding till my baby was a year old. I heard that it would be hard but I didn't care I wanted to do it. That all changed when she got here. When she was born I caught on to nursing pretty quickly. The nurses helped me and after a couple tries I think we did great. She was a natural at it and I thought it was going to be that awesome bonding experience that mothers go on and on about. But then I went home. When I got home nursing changed for me. She wanted to nurse every 30 minutes it seemed like. I felt like it was pointless to even put on a bra. I wasn't comfortable at all nursing in public and so I never left the house. I sat on the couch all day crying because I could do anything it seemed like but sit and nurse. I went into a depression state. I hated breastfeeding and it made me hate everything else. I LOVED being a mother. But I hated all else. Everyone I know who nurses thinks its easy and amazing. I wanted that so bad. But after realizing that I needed to get healthy mentally and emotionally in order to mother my daughter i stopped nursing and started her on formula at 3 months. I am much happier now and enjoy every second of her but I know that when I get pregnant again I really really really want to have a better nursing experience.
Any advice/tips would be helpful. I just wish that I had gotten it right the first time.
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July 29th, 2013, 03:11 AM
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well, my DD nursed round the clock, 24/7 in those first weeks/months as well. It is normal newborn behavior. I would try to find a baby carrier or wrap that you can comfortably nurse in, so you can be nursing her as much as she wants/on demand and be hands free. It will make you feel less tied down and will be discreet.
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July 29th, 2013, 08:15 AM
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Hugs! I'm sorry that it was not the experience you hoped it would be. I would personally say that the first few weeks of nursing are not easy. I didn't have a major problem/complication either time in the early weeks, but both of them nursed a LOT. Grace would stay latched on for 45 min to an hour, and I'd get maybe a 30 min break and she'd do it again. Anna still, at nearly 16 weeks, nurses every hour if we're at home. And during the growth spurts (3 weeks and 6 weeks, especially), it was rough. They'd nurse pretty much around the clock, every 30 minutes or so. I'd say, though, it did get easier around 6 weeks. And both times, by the time I returned to work at 12 weeks, things were much better.

Even though nursing is a natural thing, it is not necessarily an EASY thing, especially in the beginning. I agree that finding a carrier that allows you to nurse hands free and still be able to move around the house might be helpful. Also, maybe finding a breastfeeding support group, like La Leche League, in your area. I'd say it's worth giving it a shot with #2, and take it one step at a time. And you're right...your sanity is vitally important, so if it's something that makes it difficult to cope, it's not the end of the world to acknowledge that and move on.
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July 29th, 2013, 09:51 AM
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I have wondered the same thing. I felt like all I did was nurse 24/7. Now, DD is 20 months and sometimes it still feels like that. She won't sleep without nursing. I've questioned the thought behind not giving a pacifier. I wonder what would be different if she had taken one & if I'll give baby #2 one.
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July 29th, 2013, 10:07 AM
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^ Both of my girls have used pacis, pretty much from birth, and it had no negative impact on breastfeeding.
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July 29th, 2013, 09:32 PM
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^ Both of my girls have used pacis, pretty much from birth, and it had no negative impact on breastfeeding.
This is good to know! Thank you!
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July 30th, 2013, 03:52 AM
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my DD would not take a pacifier, i tried every one on the market. Though she has a few friends that are 4 and still use them, so i am not too upset that we did not have to go thru that part of the pacifier
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July 31st, 2013, 05:59 AM
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I would suggest having a lot of support. Find a really good Lactation Consultant and breastfeeding support group. Take a breastfeeding class so you know what to expect and what is normal for breastfeeding at each stage. I also agree with the baby carrier or wrap.
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