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Sunday, September 19, 2010

What to expect when you're nursing



This week we are linking up with our monthly sponsor Motherlove.

In celebration of Birth Month.....this month has the highest percentage of births
we wanna give out advice to the mamas to be about what to expect.

Advice, concerns, helpful thoughts ALL wanted!
Please take the time to write out your love to the mamas who need the support!

I will bookmark and sidebar this post with the AMAZING comments I am sure you will write so that all the future breastfeeding moms can peruse and learn!

Motherlove will have great prizes again and I will set up an RSVP linky tomorrow night with extra chances to enter for fans/subscribers and those who gave advice!


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15 comments:

iSipIt said...

To nursing moms-please don't give up and know that other moms understand that it's hard. It took me 4 weeks to get my son to latch, but then we were able to continue for a year. With my daughter (2nd), we've had smooth sailing. Once you find what works for you, don't be afraid to create that environment when you're on the go--for example, I take my Boppy nursing pillow with me everywhere (just plop it in the bottom of my stroller) and my nursing cover. Nursing creates a wonderful bond, has tremendous health benefits and is a huge cost savings. Good luck, mamas! @TravelingPumper

Tara said...

to new moms - don't give up easily! tough it out if necessary, but don't give up! get lots of info, have support from those who have been through it before, join a LLL... whatever it takes! it will be worth it! I've found that a large muslin swaddling blanket is a lifesaver in the hot weather... nursing covers are just far too hot & don't breath. a nursing necklace is also great as baby gets a bit older. GOOD LUCK!
@curious_kitty

Lillie Monster's Mom said...

Baby steps mamas! Set small achieveable goals. My 1st goal was to get a latch. Then make it to 6 weeks. Then 6 months, 1yr 2yrs and letter her self wean after. I nursed until I was in the 18th week of my second pregnancy. She was just over 2yrs old, We did it! I worked from the time dd was 6 weeks old and pumped until she was 10 months. She is 100% formula free. Get support. Be informed. Watch out and be prepared to be misguided. Never feel a question is to stupid to ask. It could be the difference in a successful breastfeeding relationship and failure! @LaurenDJohnson

Lillie Monster's Mom said...

Baby steps mamas! Set small achieveable goals. My 1st goal was to get a latch. Then make it to 6 weeks. Then 6 months, 1yr 2yrs and letter her self wean after. I nursed until I was in the 18th week of my second pregnancy. She was just over 2yrs old, We did it! I worked from the time dd was 6 weeks old and pumped until she was 10 months. She is 100% formula free. Get support. Be informed. Watch out and be prepared to be misguided. Never feel a question is to stupid to ask. It could be the difference in a successful breastfeeding relationship and failure! @LaurenDJohnson

gnatalie said...

First, while breastfeeding is completely natural it doesn't
necessarily come naturally to us or baby. It takes practice. Don't be discouraged or feel like a failure if you encounter some difficulties. Be prepared by reading up ahead of time and Google any problems you come across - guaranteed you're not the first no matter what it is.
Have a support team you can turn to with questions, like #bfcafe or
family & friends. We had to use pumping & bottles to get started
because of latching problems but now my son is 9 months and a pro. So you'll get there eventually and it is so completely worth any efforts you make. I can't imagine motherhood without the experience of nourishing my son and sharing those extra special moments with him. It's an amazing experience. Also set yourself up for success by having the right equipment to make things easy - good nursing bras including sleep bras, nursing gowns, and nursing tops. Good luck & just relax - seriously, relax! Stress effects your ability to let down milk so that's another not to worry about breastfeeding stumbling blocks. Just enjoy it and know that millions of women have done it so you can too.

kia said...

Be patient with yourself and your babe. As you two get acquainted with each other you are both tired and your breastfeeding relationship with each other may not be naturally easy. Stick with it though and try to be calm as you learn to work with each other. The beginning is generally hard and even the most patient mom will be tried at some point.

kia said...

Also, the thing I was not expecting was the leaky chest all the time. It is manageable though. For me it has been the worst part of the breastfeeding relationship 3 months into this motherhood gig. Like I wrote though, it is manageable.

Budget Mama said...

Stay in bed a lot in the beginning. Let it all go & focus on baby. Get help- if you can't afford a pp doula, make a list for family & friends to help with meals, laundry, older children. If you don't have one, get a smartphone or ereader & stick up on books or games. Because you'll be spending a lot of time on the couch or in bed nursing. Take it day by day & don't stress- it all gets easier with time!

Amanda said...

Don't give up! Breastfeeding is a difficult aspect of motherhood, but it's one of the greatest things you can do for your baby! There are great resources out there, make breastfeeding work for you.

bctripletmom said...

Once I tried in the hospital the triplets did really well latching on. Different experience than most, I'm sure. Had to pump & deliver to the milk bank at Texas Children's the month they were in the preemie nursery. I'd feed them and pump while there too. Once home I was able to breastfeed for 2-3 months but that's all I could do. I wasn't producing anymore. I would encourage all new moms to give breastfeeding a try...not just once either before giving up or deciding it's just not going to happen. Good luck!

Danni said...

Don't give up! Make sure you have a good support system because those first few weeks can be rough! Once you get to about the 6th week or so, things get much easier. Don't be discouraged. Breastfeeding is something the baby has to learn as well so it can be a bit difficult at first but stick to it, you'll get it!

Don't let the nurses at the hospital feed you nonsense like telling you that you should squirt your nipples w/formula so that the baby can "smell the food". Express a teeny bit of colostrum and rub that on your nips if you'd like and it will have the same effect but even then, it's not necessary. Don't let them try to tell you that you don't have enough milk and you have to supplement- this is unfortunately quite common. If I'm not mistaken, it can take up to 8 days for your milk to come in sometimes and the baby will be just fine with the colostrum. As long as the baby isn't losing a ton of weight, the colostrum is sufficient and you don't need to supplement.

After your supply regulates, you won't "feel full" but will more than likely still have plenty of milk. The "full" feeling you get at the beginning is actually engorgement. Once everything is regulated, your body will make the perfect amount of milk. The best way to gauge if baby is getting enough is to check wet/dirty diapers and weight gain. If there are enough diapers and enough weight gain, then baby has plenty of milk! ;)

Last but not least- make sure you have a good LC!

Mama Campbell said...

dont be afraid to ask for help!!
&
bfing isnt an all or nothing thing! EVERY DROP COUNTS! :O)

ShortyRobs said...

It's going to take work, but hang in there! It gets much easier :)

Linda said...

Dont give up. Try as you can. For the first 3 days of your baby life, continue nurse your newborn. this was what i did. I EBF my 1 year old. I make it!

De in D.C. said...

Give it 6 weeks. It will get better after that.