And I have realized I have a bunch of questions! They seem like pretty basic questions, I just feel a little lost because I have not done this before. I have a son who is 6 1/2 and unfortunately I was uneducated and did not nurse him. My second son was born at home on November 12. We are nursing, and it seems to be going quite well.
How can I improve his latch? It is a tiny bit painful when he latches on for the first 15 seconds then the pain fades. I feel like he could open have a wider mouth when he latches on.
How do I know how long to be nursing for? And should I nurse from both breasts each time? I am trying to do my right side, then my left since he fidgets at my right breast for a few minutes. I am nursing for about 15-20 minutes on the right and then when I can get him to switch sides its like 10-15 minutes on the left.
Also, I will be returning to work near Christmas, I will be away from my baby for 9 hours a day Monday - Thursday. I am not letting it stress me out, but the thought is stressful because I don't want to leave him..different subject totally!
But since I will be returning to work, I have more questions about pumping and bottles. I am not sure when I should begin pumping, how to pump, how to store breastmilk...and bottles. When is is appropriate to pump? When is is appropriate to introduce a bottle. I don't want to start either too soon and at the same time don't want to wait too long that it is not an easy transition.
If anyone is willing to answer my questions I would greatly appreciate any help and advice!
Also, any advice on finding a local breastfeeding support group. LLL website is down right now..