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By: Joni Rae

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:20:22 +0000

It is awesome that you kept trying. (((hug))) I think pumping for any amount of time is admirable. I have such a love/hate relationship with my pump! A LC might have been a great help- or might have given you som really crappy advice- With my last three babies I was told my breasts were TOO BIG to breastfeed. Yet I did just fine. WTF? You TRIED Liz, and that is awesome. <3



By: lori

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:37:42 +0000

yes. i have four children. breastfed them all. even though my mom...everytime...was sooooo good about reminding me that "they have bottles now, i never did that, if you wanna sleep i could feed the baby"...maddening yes. but i forgive her because i know she was just advising out of her own ignorance and discomfort.



By: Lauren @ Hobo Mama

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 03:44:29 +0000

This is a great topic! I wish someone had told me to ignore the "well-meaning" nurse who pushed formula on us in the hospital because my baby "wasn't hungry enough." Um, huh-wha? I wish I'd been confident — and had someone holding my hand who was — that my milk would come in soon (it took 2 or so days but then was gushing!), and my newborn could absolutely hold off till then on colostrum alone. I also think this would be reassuring: It gets easier. It gets much, much easier. You won't always need to nurse with pillows and props or under covers. You'll get the hang of it and be able to nurse anywhere! Another helpful tip would be to show or tell someone how to nurse lying down. Lifesaver for me! And this: You're not alone, even if you feel like you are. Thousands of women right at this minute are breastfeeding just like you! And we all support each other.



By: Jana

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:51:19 +0000

Wow excellent post !! I am a proud breastfeeding mom, who helped her daughters breast feed too ! It isn't always painless, but is so worth it. Find out your breastfeeding laws ! Finad a LLL and connect with other mothers. Understand that you are doing what is absolutely best for your baby.



By: marielephant

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:38:54 +0000

“What do you think a new mother needs to know/hear about breastfeeding?” Ignore the tons of people hovering over your breasts poking & telling you to do this or that. Stick with it, it's worth it.. and you will need to remember to stick with it when you're feeling like you can't do it any longer. Believe me, bloody nipples and all, LaLecheLeague girls remarked at my stamina to stick with it. “What do you wish someone had told you?” 1) bloody nipples. this might actually hinder girls from breastfeeding but like childbirth- it's not about you, it's about the baby. What's the most important thing you can do for your baby? FEED THEM. Put someone else's needs before yours. Three months of bloody nipples but i kept on keeping on just the same! Whenever I hear of people planning to nurse for 3 months or less, I want to shake the dickens out of them and laugh hysterically, silently scoffing. Oh my. Simply plan on nursing for as long as you can. Don't worry about the number of days weeks months or years. I nursed for 11 months and I'm proud of that.. my original 'goal' was 6 months.. but forget that, a number is just a number- go for gold (as long as you can, and then go further!) after the 4th month i had a copious supply of milk-- so much so that i could hold a cup under (pump, schmump!)after taking a shower and bottle it for later. I was on the phone with a maternity ward in Delaware talking about donation! I also wish someone would have told me just how intimate and important breastfeeding is. You bond in a reciprocal way: uncomfortable milk fills up then lets down with baby gladly taking that pressure away from you, filling their bellies and soul with pure love.. and for the first time in your life you realize what those breast are truly for! Oh, and nursing your baby to sleep does NOT make them codependent and unable to self soothe. Ignore this 'advice'.. if anything, it makes them more confident that you will be there for them if they need you.



By: Amy

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:32:54 +0000

The single biggest thing that I wish I had been told is to wake the baby for feedings until they regain to birth weight. I had been told by a nurse educator that babies wake when hungry and never to wake a sleeping baby. My guy slept A LOT, was a really slow gainer and the doctor's office (where the nurse works, too) guilted me in to supplementing when my guy hadn't gained back to birth weight at 4 weeks. That combined with all of the sleeping led to supply issues and he got 6-8 oz of formula daily until solids were introduced. But his primary source of nutrition was still breastmilk.



By: Jenna

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:08:08 +0000

That contrary to what most nursing/breastfeeding books will tell you, nursing CAN be painful even if babe is latched on right for the first couple of weeks!! With all three of my babies I would leave the hospital with sore, sometimes cracked nipples and my lactation consultants were always praising me that my babies were latched on correctly. Just because your nipples are sore doesn't mean you're doing it "wrong" and you should give up! Stick with it, the first couple of weeks are rough but once you get to week 4-6 it suddenly becomes MUCH easier and more natural to both you and baby. Don't be so quick to doubt yourself. Sure, it is a mind boggle to sit and think that your milk supply will be the sole thing keeping your baby alive, but I find alot of women lack self confidence and are very quick to simply say "It must be me, I'm not making enough." As long as your babe is putting out 6 wet dipes a day you are FINE! Never worry about baby being at the breast too much, don't doubt yourself if baby wants to nurse seemingly all day long for a few days, it's probably a growth spurt! There were DAYS where I would practically live in the recliner with the baby at my breast or she would scream bloody murder. Don't let anyone tell you something is wrong or that you're "spoiling" baby. You milk supply will adjust to demand. When Baby needs more milk for growth he instinctivly will want to nurse ALOT to boost your supply! You cannot spoil a baby by holding him and nursing "too much". Don't be alarmed if suddenly around day 3-4 when your milk comes in full blast if you find yourself suddenly able to consume enough food to feed 5 teen boys... I remember sitting there right after I had my last baby, my first day home with her and all of a sudden I was ravenous. I ate two large cheeseburger subs all by myself and was stealing my husbands dinner. Same goes for fluids, you will be parched, drink, drink, drink! Somone already mentioned Lanolin. Miracle stuff right there. Just because you might get NOTHING out if you pump, doesn't mean you have no milk. Some women are horrible pumpers, I am!



By: Barefoot Liz

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:46:16 +0000

I wish someone had given me the contact info for a Lactation Consultant. That alone probably would have made a huge difference for me and my son. My son was born a little early and wouldn't latch on. I tried and tried. I asked nurses, docs, etc. They all seemed clueless. After pumping for 6 weeks, my supply 'dried up'. I did keep trying though. For a year, I tried. To this day, I wonder if an experienced Lactation Consultant could have helped.