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    Quote Originally Posted by Lissa23 View Post
    Get in contact with your local Australian Breastfeeding Association. I have found them to be invaluable source of support and information. Good luck.
    Thanks Lissa23 I think I might do that. Did you find the membership good value for monèy, as in did you get your money worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambibambino View Post
    I have flat nipples but never even knew there was such a thing prior to my first being born

    I was a little complacent with him latching and ended up with nearly detached excruciating nipples It took about a month for them to heal and I just persevered through the pain with no expressing or shields.

    Anyway I went on to feed him for 2.5 years and his sister for another 2.5 years with no dramas at all.

    my advice is to pay close attention to every single latch in the early weeks and to always get the Special K mouth happening.

    you sound like you are preparing yourself amazingly well! Good luck
    Bambibambino I was exactly the same as you, I had no idea I had flat nipples until my midwife looked at my nipples while I was in recovery after my emergency c-section and had no idea there was such a thing either. I thought that all those women I had seen that had nipples that stuck out all the time were woman that had previously had children. It isn't like you sit there comparing your nipples with your girlfriends is it!

    Ouch nearly detached nipples, that sounds beyond painful, you continued anyway, brave woman you are!

    I might need to do some research on the Special K latching as am not sure what that is...

    Thanks for your support and story. Well done on the 2.5 years, that is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    When I saw an LC at 5 weeks with DS (by that stage latching was perfect with DD, though I've had low supply with both) she tried a few positions with me first , including reclined. I'd tried it at home and knew it didn't work. Nothing to do with the posterior tongue tie that she then diagnosed. More because my milk takes about 2-3 minutes to let down plus is then pretty slow to come out unless (by some miracle) I'm engorged. So laying back a little meant an uphill battle for my milk.


    In the early days it worked best if I lay DS on a pillow on my lap and lowered boob into his mouth so gravity was working with me.

    So just see how you go, try lots of different hold/positions and see what works best for you and bub as we're all a bit unique!

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    Hi Stretched,

    Thanks for the tips about the reclined position and the milk needing to do the uphill battle, that does make sense.

    One of my friends had so much supply that she could squirt her DP from about 2 metres away.

    I am thinking that I might use my pump for the first few minutes as this will help bring my nipples out and will also help with let down as my pump has a let down feature. Then put the bub on the breast. It might help me to get things going so that bubs will be getting the milk straight away if that makes sense.

    Wow another one with a tongue tie, is does seem fairly common these days...

    Last time I found the football hold the easiest after my c-section as it took the pressure off my belly. I have DD size boobs so they feel huge as it is, feels like I would suffocate bubs otherwise.

    Was that pillow on your lap position hard on your back?

    Yes will be trying my absolute best that is for sure, I really want it to work this time.

    Thanks again 😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katey4 View Post
    I have flat nipples and have just started weaning Dd who is 6 weeks old off nipple shields. I thought I'd need to use them until we finished breastfeeding all together but now that she is bigger it seems a lot easier to get her to latch correctly, It sometimes takes a few tries to get her on properly but once she most of the time she stays there.

    I also think I'm less stressed and have more confidence than in the beginning and that is helping, especially because my nipples have healed, they were quite cracked and grazed in the beginning until I used the shields and now they seem to be a little tougher.
    Hi Katey4,

    Another person with flat nipples and successfully feeding yay! It is so reassuring to know that you are almost at the point of not even using the shields by 6 weeks.

    Yes I think the lack of support last time caused a huge amount of stress for me last time. I am feeling more confident this time and feel so encouraged by all of the posts from everybody that I will succeed.

    I already have my lansinoh cream ready and plan to stock up on some Hydrogel Breast Disks to help with any pain.

    Thanks for your story 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwimum890 View Post
    Was that pillow on your lap position hard on your back? 😃
    Unfortunately yes and not easy after a CS either. It helped to have a bed pillow behind me to support my back too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    Unfortunately yes and not easy after a CS either. It helped to have a bed pillow behind me to support my back too.

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    I had a sneaky feeling you were going to say that. Lucky we have plenty of pillows and a very comfy couch! 😃



    Ladies as I am having a planned c-section this time and have a 2 year old DS would you recommend staying in hospital the full 5 night stay to try and establish feeding and to heal before heading home or would you be trying to head home sooner to be in a more relaxed environment and your own bed? Such a hard decision.

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    You might also be interested in Baby-Led Breastfeeding which I think is similar. I tried that with my DS but early on we had lots of latch issues so he required a lot of help. I think we would be able to do it now at 5.5 weeks as the latch issues have resolved.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwimum890 View Post
    I had a sneaky feeling you were going to say that. Lucky we have plenty of pillows and a very comfy couch! 😃



    Ladies as I am having a planned c-section this time and have a 2 year old DS would you recommend staying in hospital the full 5 night stay to try and establish feeding and to heal before heading home or would you be trying to head home sooner to be in a more relaxed environment and your own bed? Such a hard decision.
    It depends on the hospital and the care you Receive.

    I had planned csecs for both my bubs.

    1st time I was a private patient, stayed 5 nights and the midwives provided heaps of support when I had latching problems, they told me to buzz them for every feed and they would help.

    2nd time I went public. Same hospital just the public ward. Stayed 3 nights on ward and Despite me previously stating at ante natal check ups that I had trouble bf'ing first time round, not once did I get any help with feeding. Not even a "how are you going." I couldn't wait to get out.

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    That sucks @VicPark.

    I went public and did get help but it was my first, they weren't busy, and I was still joke within 23 hours.

    I would still never go private but will save funds for an LC next time again as it's crucial.

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    ABA membership has definitely been worth the money. I wish I had joined before my DD was born instead of when she was about 6 months. I'm having my 2nd child so I renewed this time for 2 years. You can ring the ABA helpline without being a member, and you can usually go to a couple of local meetings before they would like you to join. I never found my group pushy about membership though. You get their magazine subscription, and when you first joint you get a very informative book that covers loads of common breastfeeding issues, like baby lead attachment, inverted nipples, how to get past a rough start at breastfeeding. They run classes for pregnant women. You also get loads of shopping discounts, we save quite a bit of money with them (I'd say more than the cost of the membership in a year). They have a great website too https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/ Even when breastfeeding is going well, it can still have challenges, and I found it really helpful to know a group of women who are supportive and overcoming their own challenges.


 

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