Don't keep any formula in the house, "just in case." Get rid of any samples that you may have been given. Supplementing is a huge decision, and will effect your milk supply, so such a huge decision deserves its own trip to the store.
Sometimes you have to supplement and it hurts like hell but must be done. Don't hesitate to call LLL if you're in this situation.
Wish this website had been available to me when I was a first-time mom...this advice would have saved me a LOT of heartache.
Please, no matter how good you feel, allow your body to REST and just hold and love your baby. Let all the housework, grocery shopping, laundry go for as long as possible.
Let people help you, so you can nurse, nurse, nurse!
Don't be surprised by how often your baby needs you. He/she may need to nurse for comfort/closeness even when not truly hungry. That's OK!
Be in the moment, it will pass quickly :)
Last time, I bought Bravado original double plus but it gave such a uniboob effect.
This time I've bought Goddess women's Keira nursing bra:
I like it better than the bravado one I used last time. This time I've also bought a bravado foam cup nursing bra that I'll use after a month to prevent over stretching of the cups. Will provide feedback after I get to try them. The baby is due in 2 weeks.
If your otherwise healthy baby is suddenly SPITTING UP BLOOD, take a look at your nipples. If they are cracked and scabbed, that is probably your blood and does not indicate an emergency condition in your baby--although of course you will want to get baby checked by a doctor to make sure, and get yourselves to an LC to stop the vampirous nursing!
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Learn the art of nursing while lying down. This will be a lifesaver, especially in the early days.
Do not stop, it will get better eventually.
Buy LOTS of nursing bras or go without because milk will be everywhere!
Let them nurse as much as needed. It won't go on forever and the positive impact you are having on them is huge.