Don't be scared When you have baby ask for the lactation consultant to come visit you if it hurts too much.
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20-01-2013 16:54 #21
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20-01-2013 18:37 #23
I wish they would! I would love to hear stories like that! It seems like everyone who every breast fed had trouble, me included.
20-01-2013 18:43 #24
I'd love to hear positive stories too!!
20-01-2013 18:46 #25
I did the aba course and went to see the lad consultant at our local parents and babies unit when ds was three days old. Apart from some tiny issues and having to use an nipple shield until he grew a little bigger, my experience has been pretty easy. 14.5 months and still going strong
20-01-2013 18:55 #26
Maybe we should start a thread
Just incase anyone else has worries like you
20-01-2013 19:08 #27Senior Member
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Breast feeding is like riding a bike - some master it, some don't, some fear failing and some revel in the glory of it all.
if you can't or don't want to breast feed, then there are other alternatives - none of which is quite like riding a bike but suits many people just as well.
Both bike riding and breast feeding does take work to master, and there can be a few grazes and bumps along the way.
Muscles can ache a bit at the start, position does matter and sometime people need training wheels or a bit of help to get their balance quite right.
The problem is that in both cases bike riding and breast feeding are not seen enough within families or in the general public for it to seem as natural and normal and as enjoyable as they both truly are.
Breast feeding, like bike riding is a journey just like that old song about that bicycle built for two.
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20-01-2013 19:10 #28
20-01-2013 19:11 #29
I wasn't terrified, but I was a little anxious that it would work and I wouldn't end up with mastitis/pain/etc as I'd seen my SIL go through all that with her 2 kids. I was determined to give it a go.
I've never had mastitis, never been badly bitten, never had bleeding nipples or anything that serious really. And I've BF my ds til 12 months and my dd is still going at 15.5 months. I think positive stories help
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20-01-2013 19:19 #30
OP it is common to have a bit of pain at the start, you're right. But I recently learned myself its not always like that!
I had pain for first 2 weeks just when DS originally latched on, the awful sensation actually made my toes curl.
I thought everyone experienced this, but a friend has just had a baby and so far has not had any pain whatsoever with feeding so really it's different for everyone, don't read too much and get yourself worked up. You may be lucky and be an absolute pro.
I have every intention of feeding this bub on the way to by the way. So even though I had pain with DS1 at the start, it's not enough to put me off the next time. B/f is awesome once you find your rhythm.
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