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Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

"What's your general advice for new moms who will be breastfeeding?" -trishie7

Re: "What's your general advice for new moms who will be breastfeeding?" -trishie7

The Bump Expert

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. You may hit some hurdles along the way—and that’s totally normal. Feeling frustrated, clueless or just plain uncomfortable at times isn’t unusual, but don’t give up or assume that you can’t do it. Once you start talking to other moms, you’ll see you’re not alone. Check out our breastfeeding boards, talk to your friends or other mommies in your area. One thing you’ll find about moms who are breastfeeding is that they usually like to share their experiences—from a trick they’ve discovered along the way that makes things easier to crazy home remedies they’ve tried that really didn’t work.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this is your decision and you shouldn’t let anyone pressure you to breastfeed or not to breastfeed, or how long or how often to do it. Feel confident in the choices you’ve made.

The Bump Editors

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

Nursing covers make nursing when you're out and about a lot smoother. Nursingcovers.blogspot.com sells them at a great price. Good luck!

ashsmash1 |

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It gets easier, I promise. We had a tough go of it at first but it did get much easier and become pain free. My son had thrush which is tricky to get rid of and makes breastfeeding more painful. For me, it took about six-eight weeks before I really was able to nurse without pain. Now I have a beautiful 7 month old and the time we spend together while he is nursing is precious. Buy a nursing cover that goes over your head. That way you can still see your baby, but he can't pull it off when he gets a little older. Babies r us has a good one. Be comfortable nursing in public. Just throw the cover on and don't give it a second thought. Most people smile at you and even look at you wistfully, that is if they even notice because most just think your baby is sleeping. I have never had any bad comments about nursing in public. If I did not nurse while I was out we would never be bale to leave the house. What you are doing is beautiful, natural and incredibly healthy for your baby, as well as for you. Stick with it, I promise you can do it!

becca&baby |

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Give it at least 3 weeks was something I read before I started nursing and I am glad that I did because the first 3 weeks were incredibly hard. But once I got past the first 3 weeks it became easier, less exhausting and the pain went away. I wavered and almost quit but then discovered that nursing is easier and quicker then fixing a bottle when the baby wakes at night and there are no dishes then too. Also, I didn't realize that I needed to eat a blander diet. I used to eat spicy and gassy foods and this upset my babies stomach causing way too much gas and pain for her. I started eating chicken, rice, fish and potatoes and I kept out onions, broccoli, salad, tomatoes, chocolate, juice and caffeine. I also limited my milk intake and this helps too. I have a nursing cover but if I am uncomfortable nursing in public I will supplement with formula, I started doing this around 3 weeks and I am glad that I did because my baby will take either breast or bottle. Although I try to give the breast 99% of the time because I enjoy the bond with my daughter. Now my 11 week old little girl is on track most days and seems to be less squirmy and gassy. Hang in there.

sarauen |

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Breastfeeding my baby is very important to me but a couple days after getting home from the hospital I was in so much pain I was in tears and couldn"t imagine my baby getting near my nipples! With encouragement and support from my husband, I stuck with it and I'm really glad I did--after A LOT of reading and patience, it has gotten sooooo much better and it hasn't even been 3 weeks yet. We still have a bad latch now and then but nursing doesn't hurt anymore. Talk to other moms, contact the La Leche League, or just read what you can about it--it's worth it!

marydmunoz |

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You ladies should all try a Shower Hug for discomfort. It is so helpful for painful breasts. Especially in the beginning stages. I've been through the pain three time. I was always told the girls were doing great at nursing from the beginning, but the pain made me so miserable. I had the Shower Hug for #3 and what a difference it made.

tonelli44@verizon.net |

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I am a new mom myself, first time doing the nursing thing, the tips mentioned abve are very helpful, though, I don't think I would be comfortable nursing in public. I haven't had to do it yet, and my baby is already 3 wks, coming close to 4 wks old. I hsve nursed in the privacy of the church office, and also the car once- on an emergency case. I just wanted to mention what I have found, the reason, why my nipples hurt was because my baby wasn't latching on properly, in which there were a couple of days in week 2 where my nipples hurt. After I switched what side I was nursing first, the not so sore one first and tesore one last, and making sure the baby was latching properly, my nipple that was sore evenually wasn't sore anymore. I believe it onlt took a couple of days, before they started feeling better. Anyway, I hope that that is helpful info, forsomeone out there, who is going thru the same thing I went thru.

Rachels_84 |

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I was in pain for the 1st 6 weeks. It was difficult, I bleed, cracked, had blisters, had blocked ducts, and got matsis. I really wanted to quit, but then i would see my daughter getting bigger and she was so healthy I kept going. At week 5 I really wanted to throw in the towel and i got online and there were tons of women who went through more than i did. i felt better and not so alone, and no longer felt like something was wrong w/ my body. And I agree whatever you decide is your decision. You have to figure out what works for you and your child and don't let anyone talk you in to/out of anything and do not feel guilty about your choices. The happier you are the happier your baby will be:)

Sarah |

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the first couple of weeks are terrible =) I was determined to breastfeed but had latching issues and gave up. I had decided that i was just going to exclusively pump. Last week, someone told me about nipple shields. What a difference they made! She latched on immediately and it was not painful. It has made breastfeeding so much different. i wish somene would have told me about them before i left the hospital!

Crystalstevens |

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Something that has truly helped out for me was to get myself a breast shield from Medela. My breasts were sore in the beginning, but weren't able to heal, even with lanolin or packs because my daughter kept eating on them. So, I started using the shields. They are easy to use and gives your nipples a chance to heal and you are still able to breastfeed. :D

BrendaAD |

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info. on breastfeeding and nursing covers at brightmama.com

ruthiebell |

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ii actually have a question. ii was breastfeeding untill the 2nd week going on to the 3rd week but my baby stop sucking and got used to the bottle ii got a pump to pump my boobsz but ii started slacking he is currently 5 weeks old and ii have a lil bit of milk but not much is it worth it to keep going or should i stop and if so how can ii produce more milk he doesnt wanna get hooked on?!. nd last question is it true after you breastfeed and stop your boobs go down to a lower size?!.

MiszJennii_13 |

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Don't quit, it's sometimes difficult but you'll get over it. Plus it's so good for you and the baby Good luck

Triciaann |

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My daugther is only 9 days old. I have been very enthusiastic about breast feeding adn I was extremly proud when she lauched on right after birth. It did not even hurt at that time. Then came the engourgement when I switched to produc milk in one day and I did not even know what to do. Then she started to spend more and more time on the breast and my nipples started to dry out. I have been very frustrated. I realised I either give up or I put some extra effort and I pump twice a day and I teach her not to hang on the breast but just feed and then even if giving a passifier at her age is not the best but it is better than me stopping breastfeeding her. Since I got pregnant I have realised that things are not happening as I planned and I just have to be very patient and try to make the best out what I have. My boobs are burning and stinging but I am still very very happy.

gravoide09 |

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What is a shower hug? What do breast sheilds look like? What do both of these do? Where can you get them?

BabyBeamon |

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Let some milk dry on your nipples every time you feed for the 1st several weeks. The milk has natural moisturizing and healing properties. My nipples were still a little sore, but they never got dry, cracked, or bleeding.

p10babydoll |

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practice, practice! It isn't easy and it can really hurt. but you have to remember that even through the hard parts it is the best thing you can do for your baby. Even if you can only do it for a month- its better than nothing.

Phay185 |

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First, why would anyone be embarrassed to nurse in public? With my first I would use a receiving blanket to cover her, but I live in L.A and it's in the mid- to hi 70's most of the time and she would just pull it off. At first I was a little shy, but then it went away, very quickly. Breastfeeding is nothing to be ashamed of. Empower yourself, you are feeding your child in the healthiest, most economical, and environmentally friendly way possible!

negra.morada |

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My baby girl is almost 3 weeks old and things are still really rough...more for me and my nipples :( than for her I think...Since she was born things are exponentially better but still a struggle. She had latch on issues to start causing her a lot of gas, then came engorgement which was difficult and painful. And of course there is the fact that she is kinda lazy at times, and even tho clearly hungry, will not really seem to do anything. At others, she will nurse straight thru and then be wide eyed for an hour plus at 3 in the morning! (It appears her daddy and I hard-wired her to be a night owl...) And my nipples still really hurt...a lot...They told me in the hospital that even with some concerns about not being able to nurse her, that I would be able to, and I have. We even visited with a lactation consultant about a week after she was born, to check in and make sure things were being done right, and to see if there was something I could do to protect/heal my nipples. Baby of course was a little show-off, nursing perfectly, for approx 15 min. on both sides. It was textbook perfect but when we got home it all went to hell...Despite the fact that this all sounds miserable ad awful, I am determined to make this work and am so proud of my girl for having gotten as good as she has! And last week at the pediatrician, when they were super impressed and encouraged that she'd gained almost a pound in a week, I was that much more determined! I hope it gets better, but since some other women appear to have needed 6-8 weeks...maybe more (God forbid) for it to do so...I will soldier on! Wish me luck!

merbear385 |

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Like everyone is saying, it is really hard at first. My baby boy wanted to eat every 1 and half to two hours. I cried a lot the first month. There were times when I would think, I can't do this. Somtimes it feels like you are nursing constantly, but it does get easier. Both you and the baby will get better! I promise! Also, if you do have to give baby a bottle with formula once in a while, don't worry, it's okay!!! Sometimes you just need a break!

karijocrabtree |

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Stick with it! When the baby is done feeding on one side quickly squeeze extra milk out and rub it all over your nipple, then apply pad before putting nursing bra back on...it heals my nipples right up! Forget Lansinoh or any of those other ointments...your breast milk is the best!

alexaj23 |

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It can be tough at first, but after you and your baby get the hang of it, it is one of the greatest accomplishments in motherhood. My baby had trouble latching on at first and would get terribly frustrated and just cry which made me feel awful! Plus, my nipples were sooo sore at first that I wondered if something was wrong with me... But, after all that, it started to come easy to both of us and now my baby is still EBF at 4 months old. It makes feedings easier because there is no measuring and warming and mixing of formula or carrying around bottles etc. etc. Just make sure you have a good nursing pillow for home and nursing cover for while you are out. My favorite is the Udder Cover. It has a rigid neckline so you can stay covered up and still see your baby. It's wonderful! Good luck and don't give up!!

jjfoster252003 |

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Buy a breast pump as soon as you can. I delivered my first daufgter 5 days ago and I already have too much milk. She ffeds every 2-3 hours for 20+ minutes. I know the baby is getting enough food as she hasn't lost any weight and it's peeing and pooping as expected, but still her feedings are not enough to empty my breasts. They become swollen and it's really painful. Using the pump for 10 minutes a day really helps to relieve the pressure. Also, try olive oil for sore nipples. It's done wonders for me. It's free of animal products and much cheaper than lanolin creams.

newinhouston |

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I have been using the nipple sheilds too. The hospital gave me one and then I bought two more at target. They're made by Madela. My daughter is almost 4 weeks and I still cry in frustation and pain we have good "feedings" and we have bad "feedings". I think it's just a matter of being determined to stick w/ it. Reading these forums really helps. I also got some really good info. from the la leche league.

tkiffe |

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Actually, mine is a question. My baby boy was born last week, and he was admitted to the NICU for testing for a 36 hr. period.. I wasn't really given much of a chance to breastfeed, and they had him bottlefed every three hours for the time he was there. Now, I have been having the challenge of getting him to nurse (my milk did come in yesterday), because the bottle is easier for him. Any suggestions? I have already bought the bottles that make him have a harder time with the formula. How do we make the switch to breastfed?

tu14385 |

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When a baby is bottle fed instead of breastfed for the first few days it becomes really hard to nurse. You basically have to teach your baby HOW to nurse. I'd say try and stick with it. He will get better at it and so will you.

ahill1889 |

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The first 7 days will be EXCRUCIATINGLy painful (nipples) even if the latch is good. I wish someone had told me. Then it slowly stops hurting and by 2 weeks no pain at all becuase I used Lansinoh cream after every single feed. Also, I pump the breast the baby doesn't eat from in the morning and get 2-4 ounces from it and put it in the fridge. Then the last feeding, she gets a 'top up' of 1-3 ounces from what'd I'd pumped earlier in the day (the rich fatty milk) so she sleeps longer at night, and is full. I started this at 4 weeks of age and she's been sleeping 7-9 hr/night since then - non-stop, no wakeups, no middle of the night feedings since 4 weeks of age!!!!!!!!!

sophiemeister |

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keep with it. it may be tough at times, and every baby balks at it at some point (my son did it at his 2nd feeding) but it is so worth it to keep going and work through the tough times. oh, and also, if you need help increasing your milk flow, try "organic milkmaid" tea by earth mamma angel baby. it tastes fine with a little sugar, and it works wonders.

anyanca |

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Just keep doing it... the first month is the hardest trying get it right. I learned that everybody is different and so you have to do what works best for you. Don't give up, in the end it is worth hanging in there, I promise Not everyone has pain when they breastfeed, it's just different for everyone so give it a try.

Reginafx24 |

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Is anyone else just starving ALL the time? I totally crave junk food. I'm taking Promise Stages- (stage 3 for lactation) and Promise DHA so I at least feel like the baby is getting some good nutrition from those. But I could eat chocolate all day (I don't since I would also like my baby fat to go away). Any tips???

elidan |

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i had to give up on breastfeeding a week in. it was too stressful for me and my son, but i bought a really good pump and just pump all the milk he needs so he still gets all the benefits of the breast milk. and ever since we switched to pumping and eating from a bottle he has been the happiest baby and i've been the happiest mom.

krista9789 |

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1. If you're having a hospital birth, make use of the lactation consultants and nurses. It hurts when you start and you'll probably have blisters, but, if you work out the kinks early, things will get better. It took 2 or 3 weeks for my blisters to heal over, but they did heal. 2. Use Lanolin after every feeding. 3. If you are simply in too much pain, you can also buy breast shields. They are considered to be like giving the baby a bottle though because they are plastic so try and wait until after they are 2 weeks old and/or use sparingly. I pumped milk and gave 1-2 bottles at night when my son's feedings were further apart so I could get a decent break. I started this at just under 2 weeks and had no problems with nipple confusion. 4. My son is 6 weeks old now and I still have some issues (hyperactive letdown anyone?), but it's much much easier and he loves the time with me so much that he breaks off at least once per feeding just to smile. If you stick with it, it does get easier and is so rewarding.

ready123 |

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I breastfed my baby for 13 months (well the last few months was just pumping). The first 2 weeks are the hardest. Don't give your baby a pacifier or bottle until they are breastfeeding well. Use something like Lansinoh everytime you pump or nurse the baby. I wasn't using it at first..I thought I only needed to use it when I felt like I needed it. My nipples dried out at the hospital and started bleeding. Ignore people that give you a hard time about breastfeeding. It takes a lot of time, but it is worth it.

bellyshelly |

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Get a pumping bra! I use Simple Wishes and makes life so much easier. Love it! http://www.simplewishes.com/

MoniQ987 |

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I have flat nipples and my milk does not come down properly. So breast feeding has been a major hassle for me. Currently I pump and bottle feed her as much breast milk as I can and then supplement at night with formula when the milk supply is the lowest. Even after almost four weeks of this, my nipples are still too flat for her to latch. So we are both very frustrated. The nipple shield does allow her to latch, but she can't get a good suck to pull the milk down and out. However, all that being said...she is gaining weight and is happy and healthy. Yes I feel left out and wish daily that it could be different, and cry about it a lot, but it really is what is best for her. The pump hurts, but at least she is getting some breast milk. You may never get the wonderful experience that all of these other mothers have, but you'll create your own experience and you will eventually do what feels the best for the both of you.

Sptfire |

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you really have to be in it to win it because if your heart isnt in it 100% it is very easy to get discouraged! Just stick with it and in no time you two will be old pros and eventually you will simply have to get your baby within reach of your nipple and he will latch on all on his/her own

alibau |

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If you haven't had your baby yet, I strongly recc'd taking a bf'ing class if your hospital offers one. If you have had your baby, then I would recc'd finding a good lactation consultant in your area and/or going to a La Leche League meeting or a bf'ing support group mtg if your hospital has one. Stick with it- I found the first 2-4 weeks of nursing tough w/ my oldest child, but it ended up being SO much easier than formula feeding for us- no bottles to wash or lug around, if she was hungry @ night or early in the morning I would just bring her into our bed for a quick feeding. I felt like I was able to attend to my baby's needs so much more quickly by bf'ing then if I would have to mix up a bottle of formula.

daisyterp |

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My first night trying to breastfeed ended ended in tears and a formula supplement because i thought i was starving her! The next morning I went to the store and bought every nursing product I could find... She is 3 months now and breast feeding is a breeze. I found that nipple shields (avent) are life savers, helps the baby latch and stops the pain. The breast flow bottles (first years) made it super easy to switch b/n breast & bottle. I rarely nurse in public, just pump and use the bottles. I am back to work full time with the assistance of a battery operated pump, I never leave home w/o it! I also love the nursing pillow that wraps around mom and holds baby in a perfect position to nurse (this was the best when she was too little to hold her head on her own). I am so happy to be nursing now, whatever you do don't give up w/o a fight. I feel great that i am giving my daughter what is best for her! also, I am almost back to pre-pregnancy weight, breastfeeding burns a ton of calories :)

Kimi0221 |

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Take a breastfeeding class at your hospital but then adjust the tips they gave you so it works for you and your baby. I used to pump when before we would go out somewhere so she would have a bottle but now just take my baby somewhere private and breastfeed her. My breasts are very large and my daughter is very into showing them off. She is hotblooded as well so she does not want a blanket or anything else on her head. Our mall has a nursing room but if I'm somewhere that doesn't have a private place I head to the car. This is working for us but do what works best for you and your baby and you can't go wrong!

texasmama10 |

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For those who are reading this that haven's had baby yet, My mother in law just told me to not wear a bra as much as possible, and to flick my nipples sometimes. Seriously! She said if I do this a month or so or more before the baby comes it will help toughen up my nipples and hopefully prevent soreness. I am skeptical, but she did breastfeed 6 kids. So she has to know what she talking about! right?

woollypetals |

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Breastfeeding sometimes does not come natural for the baby, so you are going to have patient, and ask for help while in the hospital because you will receive it. Although you may want to give up-don't unless it becomes a threat to the development of the baby. The soreness in the breast will eventually go away. You may find comfort with rubbing breast milk onto your sore nipples Good luck!

Sharon70 |

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If nursing is very painful for you try a nipple shield. I used one with my daughter for the first 6 months or so then once we stopped she continued to nurse for another 7 months without it. I now have a 1 week old and have started using it again and it has made a huge difference. He won't latch on without it. It is kind of annoying to have to get out of bed to wash it after each use but doing that is much less trouble then trying to force him to latch on for 15 minutes before he will feed. It also makes the pain so much more manageable. Before I got one to use with my son my nipples were very sore and scabby. One almost looked like it was a big blister (sorry if that is TMI). After using the shield for a few days both nipples were healed up and nursing is almost pain free now. Seriously...try it!

karafoster |

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DO NOT use breast shields. They are linked ot low milk supply and don't teach eitehr of you how to nurse properly and they are hard to wean off of. If you're having a lot of pain, the latch is probably wrong. seek help form a lactation consultant. do not offer bottles for at least the first 4-6 weeks or it may cause nipple confusion or milk supply problems.

Cohensmum |

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I was surprised how difficult and demanding BF would be. No one told me that part (and I attended a BF class). I figured it was just something that came naturally for the most part. Also, don't let anyone guilt you into BF or make you feel bad if you do not stick with it. The decision is all up to you and many nurses who do BF classes and support groups have a way of making it seem like if you are not BF then you are not properly taking care of your baby. I BF during the day (for the most part) and bottle feed at night bc we both fall asleep while BFing at night and it just doesn't work out for me. I felt guilty at first but bottle feeding at night has been wonderful on my sanity (and dad can feed baby sometimes too). Just figure out what works best for you and baby. It's rough and it's a lot of trial and error but it does get better I promise!

starr18311 |

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you need nursing tanks (target) and nursing bras right away when you get home from the hospital. you can get fitted at the hospital usually and buy one when you are there, then order more once you know your size.

dinkus |

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Breastfeeding isn't easy and it does hurt, but over time it DOES get easier and even the sores you're sure wouldn't heal do. My advice to all of you is to find good support and do a lot of reading about breastfeeding. Just go with what your baby wants. Feed him/her whenever they want to eat and for as long as they want to. It will get frusterating and you'll be tired, but the rewards are priceless! I am a full time working Mom of a 10 month old baby. I pump 3 times daily during the work week and breastfeeding as much as I can other times/days. If I can do it then you can too. My 1st goal was for 6 months, but now I plan on starting wean at a year, but am just going to take it slow. There have been many highs and lows over the past 10 months, but I can't imagine it anyother way!!!

rudykim |

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My son is 4 weeks old and I have wanted to give up just about everyday. I thought that at first I was doing something wrong because all the books and experts and nurses at the hospital say that it shouldn't hurt ever. Well my son latches on just like everyone says that he should and I will have sore, cracked nipples. Mainly just one side. It is getting better and less painful using creams after every feeding. Also I have been trying to pump so that my husband can feed him at least once through the night. This week has been rough because he is wanting to eat every two hours not leaving much time for pumping. But I am hoping that this is just a growth spurt. He has no confusion about taking the bottle and seems to really enjoy when dad feeds him. I too am hungry and thirsty all the time. I have been really watching what I eat and I don't eat anything now that I didn't eat while I was pregnant to make sure that it doesn't upset little man. Now I am just concerned about pumping and building up some stored milk. I took an entire 12 weeks off from work and when I go back I will be working 12 hour shifts and I want to make sure that he has enough milk to eat. Hopefully he will be able to start cereal about that same time too. There have been lots of tears and many thoughts of using formula. Being a first time mom I am so worried that I am not doing anything right but reading on here that other moms go through the same things is encouraging.

jgwm3088 |

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I'm about to breastfeed number three. I never had trouble with pain. Get a good lactation consultant to help you at the hopsital to be sure he's latched on right and you shouldn't have pain.

yzrylbx |

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I have a question for anyone that has an answer, My daughter is 4 days old. I BF & bottle feed so that me & my husband can both feed her. Shes great at bf & prefers it to bottles. My breasts have become so sore & almost engorged. Does this mean I'm gonna stop producing milk? Am I not feeding her or pumping enough? Or is this just one of those things that happens? I dont want my milk to dry up I love nursing her, My son never nursed & this experience has been wonderful & the bond I feel with her is indescribable. Does anyone have any insight to this?

Fallenangel87 |

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BE PATIENT!

robinson.crew |

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I responded back in Sept to this line of messaging... and I cannot say enough about the Shower Hug for therapeutic breast relief... anyone of you complaining about pain should go to www.showerhug.com right now. I have used the Shower Hug and now I sell them!

tonelli44@verizon.net |

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For anyone out there that has flat nipples...there is a product the hospital gave me I want to say they are breast shells?!? They worked wonders - they go over your nipples in between feeding to make them stick out more at the start of your next feeding...they worked great and I only had to use them for a few days before she was able to latch on herself. And another thing is to make sure if you choose to breastfeed to have someone to talk to that knows that is what you REALLY want to do - because there will be days when you just wanna quit and if you talk to the wrong person it doesn't help this situation.!

diamondsbell |

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My little guy is 5 weeks old and due to various issues between the two of us at his birth, we had to introduce bottles right away. I have been pumping and nursing him in conjunction but for 2 or 3 days, I was so tired and not feeling well that I didn't pump or nurse but maybe once a day. Now I feel like I am losing my milk supply. Is the only answer to just keep pumping until it seemingly comes back? I know everyone keeps saying "be patient" but I would actually like someone to respond with something I can use.

parkershaw |

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I know when my LO was born, I was trying to nurse but also supplementing because my milk hadn't come in yet. After it did, we were having latch on problems. It got to the point where my nipples got so sore and cracked that it took every bit of willpower to nurse because I was literally in tears from the pain. I stopped nursing for a while and started pumping and feeding. My LO is now 10 weeks and is nursing exclusively without any problems, no pain, no nipple confusion. :) I have fairly large breasts so I think that may have played a part in latch on problems early on, but now that she's bigger she latches on fine and eats like a bottomless pit!

antyree |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

I have 4 kids so far and I've breastfeed all of them. I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT DIE! I know its hard. Even experienced mom's have trouble at times. For mom's that want to increase their milk supply, after the milk stops flowing from breasts or after you finish a feeding, put yourself on the pump for at least 5-10 minutes per side. Your breasts make more milk from stimulation so the pump will tell your body to make more. Do it for 1 day after every feeding or pumping session and the next day you should see an increase in production. If not, increase the time to 10-15 minutes of pumping. Some women find a hand pump does better than an electric as you can control the angle and rhythm better. Some women experience pain while getting accustomed to breastfeeding. I will tell you that some babies have an easier time with it than others and that some hospitals encourage it. If you contact la leche league they usually have someone in your area. I also try to talk to other mom's I know who breastfeed. You need support patience and determination. Just imagine what you would do if you didn't have a bottle. Its all natural and it doesn't have any side effects. If you choose to give it up or supplement that's your choice but don't give up too easily. Remember, you had to carry them for 9 months and there wasn't an alternative to that, so keep trying and keep up the good work. Part of being a mom is pain and exhaustion but it doesn't make us love our blessings any less.

KWinckler86 |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant and planning to breastfeed, it sounds like the Medela Pump in Style Advanced is a great option for pumping to prepare for times that you will be away from the baby at a feeding time. The website AwayBabyEssentials.com has special pricing right now and will price match other offers. Check it out!

ChrisJS |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

I am a new mom and my nipples cracked day 1 in the hospital. To soothe sore nipples: I used Medela gel pads. They gave me at hospital and is very soothing. You can put them in cold water and then re-use. After 3 days of delivery when your milk starts, your milk is the best ointment for sore nipples. Just rub some milk and you will see them healing. http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/breast-care/412/tender-care-hydrogel-pads

amishab |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

they say you can't put breastffed babies on a scheduled feeding. to feed them when they are hungry. my sister in law does this but it seems that's all she does is feed and can't share the baby much and can't visit very long with the family. i don't want this to happen when i have my baby? (37 wks) do i just pump more or can i create some sort of schedule?

awilliams7078 |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

I have a question...when can you incorporate a bottle in with breast feeding? I want his father to be able to feed him to, is there a certain time when I can introduce a bottle or does it not matter?

iamlittlenikki |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

Just keep in mind that although it is natural it may not come naturally...I breast fed 3 babies and plan to with my forth. My second baby took to it so well I used to joke she could latch upside down. One tip I appreciated in the hospital is the nurses Cup fed so for the first few days while we were learning the was no "nipple confusion"...I allowed my husband to bottle feed when we left the hospital and never had any problems...get the # to a breast feeding support hotline because sometimes when you feel at wits end it just helps to talk to someone who has done it before.

mrsptrski |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

I have been breastefeeding for almost 4 months now and I'm so glad I stcuk with it. I had sore nipples by about week 2 so I pumped exclusively for a couple of weeks and used Madela Tebder Care on my nipples. This helped my nipples heal and got Dad involved in feeding our little princess. After two weeks of pumping I went back to breastfeeding and she latched right back on and we didnt miss a step. Pluse now that I'm back at work it has made the transition much easier pumping at work and having my daughter take the bottle at day care. Hope this helps ladies and don't give up. I've lost most of the baby weight breastfeeding and my daughter is healthy and beautiful!

cewilliams7 |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

That is just ok with the most moms and nothing bad is seen in it i guess. Principle concern of your question was perhaps the moral side. I could give you free writing help just for advice. I'll read more.

StimmyJr |

Q&A: Advice for new moms breastfeeding?

One of the biggest problems for every breast feeding mom is the worry of their milk going bad after they pump. Tracking this is hard, but science has allowed the creation of BabyDot™: A simple label that changes color when breast milk spoilage is expected to occur. This is still in its prototype phase, but how cool will it be once it is all over the market!? The company is CrowdFunding their business to bring it to the market. I gave $25, and I will get a pack of 50 BabyDots™ when it goes to market, plus other rewards the company is giving away in exchange for help (http://www.start.ac/breast-milk-alert-storage-label)

conlew |