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Poll Results: Did you get off to an easy start breastfeeding?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 34% (45)
    Yes
  • 40% (52)
    No. And I was prepared (read lots and talked lots to nursing moms)
  • 20% (27)
    No (I thought it was fairly uncomplicated and I was sure surprised when things got rough)
  • 4% (6)
    No (didn't really prepare for bfing)
130 Total Votes  
post #41 of 46

I voted #2

Did you get innaccurate breastfeeding advice? No..not really.

Was is your first, second, third, etc?
My First Baby

Was it a mental or physical?
I think it was physical

Did you have enough postpartum help/support?
Not at all..the nurse who helped me to breastfeed was no help and I wasnt' showed how to latch on properly..but I didn't know that...I though all was well.

What would you have done differently or you think that there was anything that you could have done differently?

I read every book I can possibly think of..but even then that's not enough..I had no help..but from my Hubby..which was 100% supportive..if it werent for him pushing me to keep going I may not still be breastfeeding now at almost 14 monhts..
My beast were so Sore, Cracked, and Bleeding the first two weeks..because my son was not lactching on right..
What I would have done that I didn't do was call a lactation Consultant....my mistake was calling the hospital nursery for advice..little did I know they know (crap) about breastfeeding.

Even after reading all the books in the library about breastfeeding and nursing one, two, etc, you can never be fully prepared. After everything...breastfeeding my son has been the best thing I can do for his littleprecious life.
And one day he'll thank me for it!
post #42 of 46
How many of you had an easy start breastfeeding? With my first son i was very rocky and unfortunately being young nd having no suppport I quit a lot earlier than I had hoped for

How many of you ran into some road blocks (or maybe some duct blocks )? I had clogged milk ducts, mastisis and developed an UTI 2 weeks pp ad I was in the military I was given medication in which I hadto pump and dump for 10 days. I was still bound and determined to succeed bu had no support my DH did not have a clue about Breastfeeding and it was not natural to him. My Grandmother in law just knew the baby was not getting enough to eat and eventually I got so frustrated I gave up.

For those of you who had difficulties, can you expand on why you had difficulties? See above

Did you get inaccurate breastfeeding advice? I did nt get any advice first time around

Was it your first born, second, third....?1st born I went on to nuse my 2nd ds till he elf weaned at 10 months and I am still going strong with my dd who is 7 months and will continue till she self weans
Was is it a mental or physical problem? Both

Did you have enough postpartum help/support? No way

What would you have done differently or do you think that there was anything that you could have done differently? I would have refusedmedication and I would hve dumpedthe formula in the trash and went about it with no temptation to usethe stuff which is what I did with both my other 2
post #43 of 46
I firmly believe that the number one problem with those women who would like to breastfeed but don't is the support system. This means support in all areas including help from the father and other family members not only with encouragement but in handling other things to lessen the load on the frustrated and exhausted mother.

If I had not had that from my DH I would have quit long before the three weeks were up.
post #44 of 46
I chose "No, but I was prepared," though the only class I attended was ineffective.

I had support-- my mom and sister both BF, but they hadn't encountered my problems. My ped even helped me a lot. I also paid for a LC. My DH NEVER once suggested formula.

My problem was getting DD to open wide enough for a good latch. I tried everything to no avail-- it hurt SO much while nursing (not just during the initial latch on, but throughout). I had to wait until she cried to latch on, which meant NIP was extremely difficult. Once she had what seemed to be a good latch, I still felt pain (wasn't thrush or anything). The ladies at LLL suggested that maybe DD just had a small mouth and time would solve all. They were right! I did suffer for 8 weeks (mentally and physically), but she's 15 months old and a nurse-a-holic now.

I don't think I was as prepared, though, as I could have been. I relied too much on my mom and sis-- would've been better to get a bigger supprt system pre-baby (LLL).
post #45 of 46
Not only was I prepared but this was my second baby that I had serious trouble with . Ds # 2 did not latch on properly due to nerves crunched in birth, and I was used to nursing a two year old and forgot that I had to give lots of support and direction in the beginning. I almost lost all of my milk and had to get a lactation consultant over to help. They were about to have me use....formula, but the lactation consultant thought that because it was my second child that I could overcome our difficulties. We also had my dh do cranio-sacral work which almost immediatly helped ds open his mouth wider and start to root like he should have been. Things are great now except for clogged duct issues i cannot seem to resolve.
post #46 of 46
Did you get inaccurate breastfeeding advice? not too bad, my ped was very bf friendly and a family friend so i had that as a recource
Was it your first born, second, third....? first
Was is it a mental or physical problem? physical, couldnt get him to latch once my milk came in
Did you have enough postpartum help/support? yes i had an LC come to my home and help
What would you have done differently or do you think that there was anything that you could have done differently? I would have absolutly kept bottles away from him.
I think most of it was inexperience on my part. After the six weeks of bad latch and over active let down we were good to go. With my second my OALD was worse and we worked through that well too.
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