A Determined Breastfeeder

I am determined to breastfeed my baby. Any words of wisdom out there to help me prepare? I have heard horror stories and that it is easy. Thoughts?

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9 Responses to A Determined Breastfeeder

  1. I would highly recommend that once you have an established feeding routine (4-6 weeks) you get into a habit of giving the baby a bottle (either breastmilk or formula) EVERY DAY. I would recommend doing this at the feeding before bed and maybe let your partner do this. This will allow your partner to take part in the baby’s routine and will also get the baby used to taking a bottle from someone else (which will mean freedom to you). While someone is giving the baby the bottle, you could pump and save the milk in the freezer or for the next night’s feeding. This way you continue to produce the amount you need and you have milk saved up in case you have to go out and someone needs to feed the baby.

  2. This could be one of the most difficult things you have ever done. It can be painful and stressful. It will take a while to establish a routine so don’t expect too much of yourself from the beginning. Use the breastfeeding clinics available to you they will weigh your baby before and after feeding and this gives you confidence, and a sense of relief that you are doing everything correctly.

  3. *It hurts like hell in the beginning. Your baby WILL suck your nipple off.
    *It is a sacrifice
    *It is harder than you think (It was 3 months — THREE MONTHS before it got easy for my baby and I)
    *I have bottle fed my adopted daughter and breast-fed my bio son bottle-feeding is WAY easier, but breastfeeding is WAY better. If I could do it all again, I would attempt to breastfeed the adopted child.

  4. It is challenging at the beginning and a little painful… but is so worth it in the end. Everyone will give you a different piece of advice on how to breastfeed your baby. Every nurse you encounter in the hospital will show you a different technique. If you persist, you will find what works for you and your baby. Invest in some good nursing pads and wear them religiously for the first month. I like the ones that you can wash and reuse. I was caught out it public a few times with big wet circles on my shirt not pretty.

  5. OUCH. Whoever said it doesn’t hurt at the start hasn’t had a vacuum- like suction on their cracked and bleeding nipples. Lansolin or Jack Newman’s All-Purpose Nipple Cream (get the prescription off his website) smothered on the nipples is like heaven. It is a toe-curling experience at first. Deep breaths and persevere. Trust your body you can do it. Take full advantage of Breastfeeding clinics and lactation consultants they will manhandle you but you won’t care. Once you are up and running it is awesome.

  6. It takes more out of you than you think so drink lots of water, eat well and take lots of naps. When it comes time, even if it is before you are “ready”, there are some big advantages to babies having one bottle a day. The biggest is so dad can experience this joy. Lots of fathers feel a bit left out of the whole breast-feeding thing and the joy we get from that closeness can be shared in this way, if you are lucky. Not in the first month of so but after that many babies easily go back and forth from bottle to breast. It also allows you to get support at the end of the day and perhaps even go to bed early some nights.

  7. It will feel like you are spending your entire day breastfeeding in the first few weeks. Just when you think that you have a break, your little one will have his mouth open like a baby bird.

    It may take 20-30 minutes to nurse your newborn. Don’t worry- babies become very efficient eaters. By six months, they have it down to a science and can drain a breast in 4 minutes!

  8. Twitter: tarasivew
    my 3 kids all were VERY different feeders. My first son refused to nurse. My second son nursed but it was hard work. My daughter was an absolute natural. Seriously it barely hurt. Not so with my boys.

  9. Each experience is different. Some find it easy, others have a tough time. Surround yourself with supportive people. Finding other moms breastfeeding can be a huge help, even if you just go and hang out in a nursing friendly coffee shop. Nothing like a group of moms and their babes nursing away. Honestly, I felt more mobile breastfeeding exclusively since baby always had food available if needed than I do now we’re onto solids and I have to pack meals, dishes, spoon etc.
    Remember breastfeeding is only a short time in the scheme of things, a great reason to keep eating as though pregnant and helps with losing the baby weight. Plus, it really is a special time for both of you.

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