I have a huge amount of anxiety around breastfeeding my bub. She is due in 2 weeks. I had a terrible journey with DS and thinking about it again makes me feel like I'm going to fail before I even start...
I have done online research, watched videos etc and found out a lot if things I didn't know about last time.
What are people's top tips for getting bf going early on? The first week? The first 2 weeks? The first month?
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01-07-2015 20:24 #1
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01-07-2015 20:30 #2
Have a great support network in place.
Look up correct latch technique and if you feel like it's not right fix it before your nipples get damaged.
Have skin to skin and breastfeed on demand to help.
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01-07-2015 20:32 #3
Learn a couple of different feeding positions. I fed lying down a lot due to a bucket load of stitches. I still feed lying down a lot.
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01-07-2015 20:38 #4
I think having a lactation consultant before and after you have bub is honestly the best solution.
I had a horrific time feeding DS1, lasted a week. He wouldn't latch, I had poor supply, I was a babbling mess. DS2, I had the support of a lactation consultant early, to find out what suited both bub and myself. I feed him until he was 6 months and I was so proud. I wish I could've keep going but I was put on some strong medication which would cross over in my breastmilk. Good luck.
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01-07-2015 20:40 #5
I would suggest hiring a lactation consultant (IBCLC) - I think that having someone consistent to help in the early days would be great.
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01-07-2015 21:04 #6
It's just a small thing but for me one of the best pieces of advice I got is forget modesty for the first week or so. I pretty much fed topless. It made it easier for me to see where bub was in relation to me and to get her attached well.
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01-07-2015 21:39 #7
This was exactly me... I BF DS for 5 weeks, most of that was expressing & feeding from a bottle... It was a horrible time & I had so much anxiety over it!
I ended up seeing a LC about 30 weeks & also a doctor that specialised in the area to make sure there where no problems medically that could be solved... I had a few issues, so we put some plans in place but mainly we needed to address my anxiety so I saw a counsellor about 4 times before the birth.
I had a breastfeeding plan on my file on hospital, so that it was clear to everyone what I wanted & needed while in hospital, I'm happy to send you a copy of you'd like to read it.
My biggest thing about doing all this work before the birth was because I needed to feel like I had tried everything to succeed this time, I needed to have no questions.
I could go on about this topic for ages! But long story short, I expressed antenatally (only once a day for a week before birth) and took lactation cookies to hospital. I feed bub as soon as I could after birth & didn't let her go to long without feeding, if she did I expressed, my milk came in on day 3 as opposed to day 6 with DS... I think that was a big difference for my confidence!
Anyway if you have anymore questions let me know, I managed to BF for 7 months in the end ;-) very happy with that!
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01-07-2015 23:07 #8
I had a horrible time with dd1 stopped at 3 months due to on going pain / problems. Was dreading it before dd2 was born and I honestly could say I hated bf after my first experience and the first 6 weeks were tough again, so much so I almost gave up around 4 weeks. I spent the next two weeks feeding off one side and expressing off the other and then expressing both for almost every feed and even introduced a bottle of formula a day for the night feed, so by the 6 week mark she wasn't feeding from my the breast at all but still mainly getting breast milk. It was tough expressing and I was almost ready to stop when one day crying I tried her back on the breast at 6 weeks and the feed went perfectly on both sides. Never missed a beat from that moment on and went on to exclusively breast feed for 13 months without another single issue and it was an amazing experience. I LOVED it and didn't want it to end!!
So don't give up hope u may not have any issues at all. All the best
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02-07-2015 07:30 #9
Learning to feed lying down also means you can learn to nap while baby feeds
What sort of problems did you have last time?
If you can't afford a private LC, I also found going to the ECHC breastfeeding clinics helpful, just go along to as many as you can.
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02-07-2015 10:33 #10
All the advice so far is awesome. I can't add much else.
I lived with my nipples covered in this stuff for 4 solid months.
It will help from day 1.
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