I LOVE nursing. And, yes, we still do. It's mainly a nighttime thing around here. We had a rough start. We had a bad latch and while he nursed a lot and never really lost his birthweight, it still felt wrong and VERY painful. I got a hold of a LLLeader in my area, at the time, and they came out to my house the next day. Some lady i had never met came over and shoved my boob in my baby's mouth and all was right with the world. about 5 months later when I figured out how to nurse side-lying... OMG it was wonderful!!
Anyway, my suggestion Get Thee to a LLL Meeting. It is great to go before you have baby so you can create connections, support, and get questions answered. In my area there are at least 3 meetings (different times and places) in a drive able distance for me.
I'm great friends with my LLLeaders and I KNOW they answer calls in the wee hours of the morning so mom's have the help and support they need. Sometimes that is at 2am and no one else is awake, it is okay to call these ladies.
A nice thing to have is a nursing spot. A comfortable spot with a basket/bag something of Mama's stuff: book, magazine, easy snacks, WATER, remote control.... and whatever pillows you need to help arrange baby.
Lots of people like the boppy. I never really did, but whatever works. There's also My BreastFriend. I've heard good things.
It's a learning process for both mama and baby in the beginning. Problems that arise immediately are normally latch issues. It's okay to hurt a bit in the beginning, but it should calm down after a few seconds. Anything other then that should be checked on by an LC, IBCLC (?), etc...
I can't remember where you're going to give birth Calpurnia, but sometimes Hospital LC's are stretched pretty thin and you don't always get the time you need/want from them.
I could go on this with little bits for a while, but it's really been mostly covered.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy the connection nursing has given us.
Tonight I tell my son, I love you, he hugs my boob and says: I love boobies! (should i be proud or sad? i don't know LOL)
Edited by katt - 6/20/12 at 1:16am