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I am new to this forum, but I have acouple of questions for you bf moms. I nursed my ds until he was 9 months old and then stopped simply because Iwent to work full time and couldn't pump at work. Then after I had dd I tried to nurse her {and I did for about 3 weeks} but she made my nipples bleed. I still nursed her as long as I could but since she was such a "mean" eater {she would clamp down with her gums on my nipple, she does this with bottle nipples and straws as well} My question is this, after having such a bad experience with dd, will it be more likely that I will have problems nursing future children?

I would hate to think that I would have to bottle feed my future children just because my dd was more forceful and might have damaged my nipples. Any info that you could give me would be great. DH and I are TTC and this is a very important issue to me. Thanks again!
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I would really encourage you to find a La Leche League group near you and go before you have your next baby. Much of it is mindset, I'm convinced. Sometimes it's just getting through the tough part and teaching your babe to be a polite eater! If there's not a group or leader near you, find a lactation consultant, read a couple good breastfeeding books and set your mind to it--and of course come here for support and specific questions. If you really want to breastfeed, tell yourself that you _will_ and only when problems arise should you question it...then get help from someone really supportive of bfing. There's no reason you should not be able to bf your next baby! I say go for it, Mama!!!!
Thanks for the encouragement. I loved nursing my ds, and as dh will attest I was physically and emotionally devistated when I wasn't able to overcome my issues with dd. I felt that I had failed her by not being able to put up with the pain. But dh told me that she wasn't getting what she needed from me if I was stressing over the pain and she was spitting up my blood. I will most definately discuss bfing with a la leche league rep, or lactation consultant before having my next child. I am determined that I will, but at the same time I don't want to cause physical harm to my breasts either.*sniffle*
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