Originally Posted by yellowwood mama
I would say to absolutely take advantage of the lactation consultants in the hospital if you're birthing there. But, more importantly, educate yourself as much as possible while you're pregnant so you know what you're talking about a little bit. Also, know that nurses (and even some LCs) in the hospital can give bad advice. I got so many conflicting pieces of advice in the hospital and I also had one lactation consultant tell me some ridiculous things that luckily I knew were wrong (wrong way to hold the baby, etc.)
. Luckily though, there was one LC there who was wonderful and really helpful.
soooo very true. i hate the attitudes some of my co-workers have. it literally makes me ill to hear them say in report "oh yay, all bottle fed babies for my shift tonight." or "if you need all those different devices (syringe feeds, supplemental nursing system, pumping, etc) to breastfeed, you should just bottlefeed. it just isn't natural
. like formula feeding is natural.
some will offer formula as soon as problems barely start, instead of taking the time. i am not totally anti-formula, but it isn't the first thing to do.
beware of sending your baby off to the nursery as they will sometimes give baby pacifiers dipped in sugar water to keep them quiet, which is not great for breastfeeding relationship.
more tips from me:
-read as much as you can before.
-maybe see if there are any classes given near you on breastfeeding.
-make friends with a breastfeeding mama!
-try to avoid pacifiers.
-take everything you hear with a grain of salt. everyone has different opinions on things. follow your gut.
-if you are at the hospital, consider having someone besides DP (friend, sister, mom, gma) stay with you. dads are especially famous for sleeping all night and sometimes a baby just needs to be held and will be comforted so mom can get even 1 hour rest. it can make all the difference. (had this happen the other night. dad out snoring, baby wanted to be held, mama exhausted from being in labor for 24 hours, no pain meds, etc. i took baby and held him while i charted for over an hour. when i took him back in, she said that little nap made her feel 100% better.)