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Breastfeeding Challenges

Posted by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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Lets discuss some of the challenges we faced while breastfeeding.


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by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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MammaQuinny
by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

pain!  But that went away after a few weeks.  Ummm now I just have to be careful of his teeth!  He bites sometimes, but I take him off when he does.

Hrivera5
by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

 Thank you for this post.

Mine was bad latch (I think now...had no idea at the time, was too ignorant to ask for help).  LOTS of pain, I struggled through for like a month and then gave up.  UGH.  My nipples are a bit flat...but not flat enough for me to think it was that...I think I just didn't learn how to latch or fix latching problems.  Not sure.

I am so confident this time, but I was before my other kids were born also.  The pain and the tiredness both times just made it easy for me to give up :(  I don't SEE myself getting into that trap again, but I am worried in the back of my mind.  I know so much more now that I can't imagine going to formula again for just the reason that I gave up.

Does it always hurt at the biginning and EVERYONE has to get used to it?  Or was it more likely a bad latch in my case?  (nips were bleeding and chapped after the first few days).

palemoon21
by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Trying to latch baby on while walking around a store and NOT using a sling. lol That's really difficult for me for some reason.

JaceTalonsMom
by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

A list a mile long that my MIL gave me...of foods I COULD NOT eat.  I went bonkers trying to follow that stupid list!!  Next time I'm eating what I want except the obvious gassy/spicy foods. 

MarigoldsMama
by on Dec. 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

I've been lucky to have a pretty easy time of it.

My biggest issue has been with oversupply/overactive letdown, but that has pretty much self-regulated by now. I still have to wear breastpads all the time though. (My little guy is 8 months) With my middle daughter, I had to wear breastpads for 18 months!

Right now, I'm dealing with a baby who is far more interested in the world around him than in he is in nursing. It is a struggle for me to find a quiet, calm environment that won't distract him, so that he won't clamp down and then quickly turn his head... owwwwie!

jubes
by on Dec. 3, 2010 at 1:49 AM
My biggest challenge was getting my ds to latch properly. Hard work with an LC and determination corrected the latch problem and we nursed successfuly for 18months when he self weaned.
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WholeFoodsMom
by on Dec. 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Sooo glad to see this post! I had the same problem with my daughter. I breastfed for two months, then stopped because it hurt so bad. I, too, have learned so much in the past two years that I see formula feeding as something I absolutely do not want to do. My midwife suggested it was improper latch and should contact the La Leche League. 

Quoting Hrivera5:

 Thank you for this post.

Mine was bad latch (I think now...had no idea at the time, was too ignorant to ask for help).  LOTS of pain, I struggled through for like a month and then gave up.  UGH.  My nipples are a bit flat...but not flat enough for me to think it was that...I think I just didn't learn how to latch or fix latching problems.  Not sure.

I am so confident this time, but I was before my other kids were born also.  The pain and the tiredness both times just made it easy for me to give up :(  I don't SEE myself getting into that trap again, but I am worried in the back of my mind.  I know so much more now that I can't imagine going to formula again for just the reason that I gave up.

Does it always hurt at the biginning and EVERYONE has to get used to it?  Or was it more likely a bad latch in my case?  (nips were bleeding and chapped after the first few days).


AntroNet
by on Dec. 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

breastfeedingI am curious about losing weight.  I was told that exercising excessively would cause a bad taste in your milk...like lactic acid or something.  I also heard it would decrease the milk production.  Still, joining a gym after baby is one of my favorite mommie relaxers--almost the only one thing I looked forward to doing on my own and now that has to be taken from me for a year ( I breastfeed for one year, then hubby says stop stickin' my tit in a grown man's mouth other than his...lol!).

 

Hrivera5
by on Dec. 3, 2010 at 11:53 AM

 So glad I am not alone!  I am going to GET HELP this time if I have pain and think about giving up!  This baby will be breastfed, like my other ones should have been :)

I am looking into going to a LLL near me also, but this time I also have a midwife that offers breastfeeding help in the weeks after birth (thank goodness!)

Quoting WholeFoodsMom:

Sooo glad to see this post! I had the same problem with my daughter. I breastfed for two months, then stopped because it hurt so bad. I, too, have learned so much in the past two years that I see formula feeding as something I absolutely do not want to do. My midwife suggested it was improper latch and should contact the La Leche League. 

Quoting Hrivera5:

 Thank you for this post.

Mine was bad latch (I think now...had no idea at the time, was too ignorant to ask for help).  LOTS of pain, I struggled through for like a month and then gave up.  UGH.  My nipples are a bit flat...but not flat enough for me to think it was that...I think I just didn't learn how to latch or fix latching problems.  Not sure.

I am so confident this time, but I was before my other kids were born also.  The pain and the tiredness both times just made it easy for me to give up :(  I don't SEE myself getting into that trap again, but I am worried in the back of my mind.  I know so much more now that I can't imagine going to formula again for just the reason that I gave up.

Does it always hurt at the biginning and EVERYONE has to get used to it?  Or was it more likely a bad latch in my case?  (nips were bleeding and chapped after the first few days).


 

truealaskanmom
by on Dec. 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Latching, sore nipples, cracked nipples, tongue tie, fast letdown.  

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