Scared And Clueless

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Amanda - February 28

I am 29 weeks with my first pregnancy and plan on br___t feeding. I am scared to death about br___t feeding! More so than giving bith (thats how you know its my first!) Can someone tell me if it hurts to br___t feed or does it just hurt when your milk comes in? When does your milk come in? What can you do to make it easier? Thank you!

 

Maleficent - March 1

it's perfectly normal to be worried. but b___stfeeding is nothing to get stressed out about. alot of hospitals have cla__ses you can take before baby comes. you can also call the hospital or wic office and get in touch with a lactation consultant long before baby comes. a good support system is important. b___stfeeding shouldn't hurt. it can take some getting used to, you'll be learning and so will your baby. a LC can help you get baby latched on properly. usually your milk comes in when baby is about 4 days old, it can be kinda scary and uncomfortable. you go to bed looking normal and you wake up looking like a p___n star. ;o) but it gets better, i promise. the best thing you can do to prepare is relax and get some good support. if you have more questions feel free to email me anytime. [email protected]

 

Kathy - March 5

I also was nervous during my first pregnancy. I had heard stories about bleeding nipples, etc... It wasn't painful, just a few seconds of discomfort as baby latched on, and this went away in time. As for milk coming in, it happened around day 3, and all I can say is get a b___st pump and have it ready. I felt SO sore, and the baby couldn't latch on, so he was screaming. At some point it was suggested I pump and try to give him a bottle. We were both much happier after that. I had avoided the idea, because I didn't want the whole nipple confusion thing, but really wasn't a problem. My kids always preferred b___st to bottle.

 

Paula - March 12

I hurt for me the first 2 weeks, mainly b/c he had a very stong suck and didnt latch correctly, i used to sit up at nights crying b/c of the pain. But i was able to push through it and i am very glad that i did. I suggest going to your hospitals lactation consultant, thats what i did. Also buy ointment to help sooth yourself. I can t remember what its called, but you can get it at any store. Your milk will come in about 3-4 days later. If you have any problems you really should go to the consultant though, it helped me out a ton!

 

Lisa - March 16

Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt at all if it's done correctly. Initially, your b___sts may be sore when your milk comes in...as they may become engorged. The midwives will help you to learn to b___stfeed correctly while you are still in hospital with your bub. There is absolutely no need to worry about feeding your baby as there is plenty of support and information on b___stfeeding before and after your baby is born. You will be fine. :o)

 

Lulu - March 18

I am 28 weeks and I'm also worried about b___stfeeding. My problem is, that I'm extremely shy and I don't want family members be there when I'm nursing.. even my Mom. How can I handle that?

 

Candice Gwilliam - March 20

Hi, Congrats! I am a new mother too. I have a five month old little girl and I have nursed her since she was born. When you're in the hospital you will have nurses that will help you latch the baby on correctly. It's the weirdest thing haveing just given birth and then the nurse says, " Okay let's feed her now." The baby will open it's mouth and for some reason when the baby sucks stuff actually comes out. It's like someone has turned to "on" b___ton for your b___bs. The first week is the hardests I think because YOU are so tired. Yes nursing did hurt for me and there were things that helped. While visitors aren't in your home with you, walk around the house with your nursing bra flaps down. This will help air them out which feels better. Also, buy Lansinoh and smear it on your nipples after every feeding. Lansinoh will be your friend. After the first 4-5 weeks it won't hurt anymore. I had to have a break at least once a day and have my husband feed her with formula. Watching him feed her was a relief knowing that my b___bs could take a breather, but, it also made me want to nurse the next feeding. Also, for help with calming the baby, Look up "The Happiest Baby on the Block" it's a DVD and a book. It works wonders. And, "On Becoming Babywise" will help your baby sleep through the night by 6-8 weeks. Good Luck!

 

michelle - March 20

Avoid the "Babywise" books if you are b___stfeeding. More people have problems using them than not. "The Happiest Baby..." books are supportive of b___stfeeding. I recommend you start with them.

 

Maleficent - March 21

another caution against the "baby wise" books. they have been linked to countless cases of failure to thrive and are not b___st feeding friendly by any streach of the imagination.

 

Jodi - March 29

Your nipples will be tender for the first month or so, but after a while it goes away (kind of like plucking your eyebrows, at first its torture, but now you can't even feel it). When your b___sts get engorged with milk, it hurts, but once you get rid of the milk through feeding or pumping, it immediately feels better. My milk came in around the third day after my daughter was born, but you will be surprised at how helpful the nurses in the hospital will be. They will have a lactation consultant come in to answer all of your questions. Don't be afraid, it's all worth it!!

 

mandie - March 29

IF YOUR NIPPLES DO GET SORE YOU CAN BUY A CREAM. (LANOLIN) IT HELPS SO MUCH. I USED IT IN THE BEGINING WITH MY SECOND CHILD. I WAS ABLE TO BREASTFEED OUT OF ONE BOOB. SO I DID GET SORE BUT THE CREAM IS AWESOME. I RECOMEND BREASTFEEDING IT IS SO WONDERFUL AND IT SAVES MONEY

 

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