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Nursing prep??

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

It's been a long time since I have nursed a baby.  I am not concerned bc I BF both of my boys for 18 and then 27 months successfully.....but, I feel like I should read a book or something.  I have always read The Motherly Art of Breastfeeding.  I was hoping that I could get some opinions on BF'ing books or info on the internet.  I have no idea what kind of support I will have in the Birthing Center-- I need to ask about lactation consultants.  My first baby had an awful latch (And I didn't know it) and one nipple bled for days and days-- and it really never stopped hurting for 18 months...  The 2nd time around I didn't have many problems, but there was some pain initially.

 

I guess my questions are:

 

1.  What BF book(s) did you love?

2.  Did you experience pain initially and if so, what helped?

 

 

I'm excited to nurse this precious baby-- it's my most favorite part of mothering!!

post #2 of 5

I have 2 books that my midwife highly recommended. They are "Breastfeeding your Baby" by Sheila Kitzinger. This book has a lot of great photos that help with latch, etc. And "The Nursing Mother's Companion" by Kathleen Huggins. I poured over both of them last time! 

 

I had a lot of nursing issues bc I had breast implants put in at age 20. But on top of the supply issues, my daughter had a tiny mouth and a high palate and I had a LOT of pain and bleeding. I feel like I know what to do about the supply issues by now but I def plan on seeking help with latch, just to be sure. I know my midwife will help but I've also found the names of a few good LCs. I did see a LC last time but I hated her and thought she was awful. So that's why it's been important to have names of people that I know moms have had good experiences with. I also think my new insurance company has free lactation clinics I can walk into - but I'd prefer not to have to go there early on.

 

And one thing that really helped w/the pain last time was using Soothies Gel Pads. You get 2 pairs - keep 1 in the fridge and wear one. Swap them out after each feeding. I ordered some off amazon and they just came today! But they sell them everywhere. 

 

Cindy

post #3 of 5

I didn't have any major problems last time, even though my nipples were pretty flat.  With the flat nipples and how sore and tired my arms were after the birth (I wanted to pull on things all during my long pushing phase) I couldn't manage to get ds latched on that first night.  It wasn't a big deal, I squeezed colostrum into a tiny spoon and fed him that way before we crashed, and once or twice during the night.  The next day when I was feeling more rested MIL (an IBCLC) helped me get him latched on.  It took time for us to get a good latch quickly, and I felt a little raw for the first couple weeks, but didn't have any actual wounds.  I'll second the recommendation for the Soothies though, they felt really nice!
 

post #4 of 5

I had flat nipples too, but surprisingly the only pain I got was from the manual pump (I had to express to cup feed DS since he wasn't latching right and getting any milk - he dropped a lot of weight)  DS didn't cause me any pain luckily.

Luckily the lactation consultants I saw got me on some nipple shields quickly, and DS was finally able to latch and transfer milk. They got me off it equally as quickly so we didn't have any other issues. 

My biggest issue was after a month I started getting mastitis (sometime double mastitis) infections weekly! It was awful. I finally had to completely bra-free and take evening primrose oil to prevent any further issues, but I dealt with that for months. I had a huge oversupply problem and even 1/2 hour late for a feed would mean trouble. So that was my big pain issue.

 

I love the website Kellymom, and Dr Jack Newman - both excellent web resources for nursing mama's.

I will be connected with a lactation consultant for sure - I've already made that plan. I felt frantic trying to find help last time after the birth. Being prepared ahead of time, at least if it turns out things are going well - then it's just for reassurance in those early days.

 

I'm really excited for breastfeeding too - it's such a special time!

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Great ideas!!  Thank you so much everyone!!  I am excited that at our pediatric practice, the pediatric nurse practitioner is also a lactation consultant.  I am going to meet her sometime soon to see what I think about her.  I will continue to look for other lactation consultants as well.

 

:)

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