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We are thrilled to be expecting our first child this August and I am looking forward to breastfeeding. I am tired of hearing so many women tell me how hard it is and how much it hurts -- I don't understand how something natural could be so difficult or painful... but I am fearful that I'll find their stories are true. It is so important to me to breastfeed our child as long as possible, I want to do everything I can to prepare for it. (You know, typically first time mom hyper-preparedness stuff)<br><br>
My mom thought there may be some kind of cream/ointment that can "toughen up" nipples prior to birth to prepare them for breastfeeding. I've never seen anything link this in my online searches or at the store. Has anyone heard of this?<br><br>
Do you all have any tips for a first time mom to prepare for breastfeeding?<br><br>
Thanks so much!!!!
 

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I think the best preparation is knowledge and determination, honestly. Yes, it does hurt usually for the first few days/weeks. I don't think that "toughening" them up somehow would help. But, it's sooo worth it. I had major bfing issues that involved a huge amount of pain for a long time and I'm still happy I stuck with it.<br><br>
Childbirth hurts, and is also natural and beautiful and worth the effort.<br><br>
The best way to ensure a good bfing relationship is to find a good LC NOW (do not rely on your midwife or nurses/LC at the hospital) who will come to you when you deliver, read some good bfing preparation books (I liked Breastfeeding Made Simple a lot), and be committed to making it work even if you do encounter difficulties. Have help after delivery - your "job" is taking care of yourself and feeding the baby. That should be it at first.<br><br>
Congratulations and I wish you a long and fulfilling bfing relationship with your LO to be!
 

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1) congrats and good for you!<br><br>
2) There's no real need to "toughen up" your nipples. Just buy some lansinoh-- buy a couple of tubes, one for your nipples, one for your baby's butt-- it makes FANTASTIC rash cream-- a rash in the morning and it's gone by afternoon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
3) See if you can take a BFing class-- get a weighted doll if you can and practice different ways to position, figure out what is most comfortable for you, etc.... just don't get *too* attached to any one position-- your baby might object strenuously. (My DD REALLY dislikes any of the "book" positions for eating. I had to invent some.) Be prepared to get creative.<br><br>
4) Read books-- The Ultimate BFing Answer book and the La Leche League book are good ones, but there are plenty more. Just browse.<br><br>
5) Find SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE now. People who've BTDT, and KNOW the value of BFing, that can help you keep up your spirits and keep on truckin'. Also an LC or similar.
 

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I've never heard of anything to actually prepare your breasts/nipples for breastfeeding. The best way to prepare is to get support, NOW! Like the pp said, a helpful LC can make a big difference. Also, don't keep any formula in the house..it will be very tempting at 3 am when your exhausted and in pain. Just understand that breastfeeding is something that you and your baby need to learn. It takes patience and determination but as long as you set tiny goals and take each day as it comes, you will be fine. The first weeks are hard all around, and yes breastfeeding is hard work, but if you are determined and have support you will get through it beautifully. Some things that are good to have on hand - Lanisol ointment worked great for me for sore nipples, heating pad, breast pads, breast pump (saved my dd from getting formula, I had to exclusively pump for a week) and Gerber makes little nipple ice pack things that are helpful as well. If your having problems, get help and don't worry- You Are Going To Do Great! Good Luck!
 

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I've never heard of anything to actually prepare your breasts/nipples for breastfeeding. The best way to prepare is to get support, NOW! Like the pp said, a helpful LC can make a big difference. Also, don't keep any formula in the house..it will be very tempting at 3 am when your exhausted and in pain. Just understand that breastfeeding is something that you and your baby need to learn. It takes patience and determination but as long as you set tiny goals and take each day as it comes, you will be fine. The first weeks are hard all around, and yes breastfeeding is hard work, but if you are determined and have support you will get through it beautifully. Some things that are good to have on hand - Lanisol ointment worked great for me for sore nipples, heating pad, breast pads, breast pump (saved my dd from getting formula, I had to exclusively pump for a week) and Gerber makes little nipple ice pack things that are helpful as well. If your having problems, get help and don't worry- You Are Going To Do Great! Good Luck!
 

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i think part of it is because back in the day they used to tell you to do that- rub them with a wash cloth or something. i think it has since been discovered that that doesnt do much besided annoy you while youre pregnant, lol
 

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If you're worried about it you could get some nipple shells -- you wear them in your bra to keep the material off your skin (NOT shields, which you wear to nurse). Supposed to be great for sore nips. I'm def getting some for the next baby.<br><br>
When I was sore the first week or so, I would just try to relax and sing a little lullaby to myself as dd nursed. She was having trouble staying awake for nursing and my dh was confused as to why I was singing her lullabies! I had to explain that it was for ME, not her! It did help me, though.
 

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I agree with all of the other mamas! We are here for support and that is your best way to "toughen up" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow - what great advice!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rocks.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="mdc rocks"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">:<br><br>
Thank you all so much. If you all have never heard of this mystery ointment for toughening up nipples, I am betting it doesn't exist. That was a good point that my mom might be thinking kind of 'old school' on this one.<br><br>
This thread has prompted me to sign up for a breastfeeding class. It is at my hospital but I believe it is presented by La Leche League (my gf calls them the 'Nipple Nazis', but I think they sound awesome!) I agree that knowledge and having the right mindset will probably be the best preparation - same with childbirth.<br><br>
Thanks again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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