Originally Posted by pearl2
We had a lactation consultant come to our Bradley class last night, and she just confirmed that I feel pretty prepared. I also feel very, very supported if I feel like I have a problem that needs help. Most of my friends/family are very supportive of breastfeeding and I don't feel like I will hesitate to call for help or go to a meeting if I need it. I feel really fortunate to know that there is that support net if I need it!
Oh that's wonderful!
I've had to have help with both my babies, for different reasons (first one was a 29 weeker and started on a bottle... second one had a "short tongue", as best as we could tell from the symptoms in the Breastfeeding Answer Book), so I had an LLL leader at my house helping me out both times. I'm SOOOOO glad I was comfortable enough to go seek help when I needed it. I breastfed my preemie boy until he was 2 years 3 weeks old (I was 5 months pregnant and dried up, so he ditched me for his racecar big boy bed the day we moved him out of his crib
), and I breastfed my full term boy for about 21 months (gave him a nudge as we were TTC and having hormone issues, plus I was feeling "done" and he was barely nursing anyway - never was a comfort nurser).
I love to see when first time moms are well prepared to ask for help if needed. Not every mom needs help, but if you are one of the ones that do, it can be a bit scary to ask for help if you don't know anyone or know where to go. This is why I always recommend first time moms go to LLL meetings while they're pregnant, so they get to know the leaders and feel comfortable asking for help.
I'm *hoping* I won't need help this time. I at least know what to do if baby has a real problem with latching like my last one did (DH would spoon feed about 1/2 oz to calm down starving baby, while I pumped a bit to get the breast "prepared" and make it easier to latch, then DH would transfer baby to my breast... DH was SO helpful with it all
). We only had to spoonfeed for about a day and a half, and it got us from not-peeing-all-night jaundiced baby to healthy baby very quickly without hurting my supply.