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First time mom....want any advice I can get

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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I am expecting my LO in a couple weeks and really want to have a successful time breastfeeding but have read so many things about what can go wrong. I just wanted to know if anyone had any advice for the first couple days that made a huge difference in you experience. Also the hopsital that I am going to does not offer pacifiers at all because they interfere with breast feeding babies. I know that they recommend that breastfeeding babies not be offered a pacifier until after breastfeeding is well established,  but I just wondered if I should bring one just in case or if they are an abosolute no, no. Thank you in advance for the advice.

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CountryGirl0809
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

some babies are fine with them others not.  I didn't offer mine one at the hosptial and he won't take one now.  But he suckshis thumb.  Just dependson teh baby

melindabelcher
by mel on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

No no binkies! Definetly wait until BF is well established. Some women have given bottles and/or binkies from day one, other mommies(myself included) had latching issues because of 1 bottle given in the hospital(we never learned to properly latch and I had to pump for 6 months with my oldest because of 1 stupid bottle!!) It will likely be uncomfortable/painful initially but will go away. The first several weeks you might as well just walk around topless because they tend to be nursing or sleeping(or a combo of the two) for the first several weeks. After the first several weeks it will get much easier and predictable. Stay in tune with this group even if you don't post(but feel free to do!!) just reading other moms concers/victories will help educate and encourage you!! Good luck mama!!

rHOPEb
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:29 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I refused to give my DD a pacifier and she never took one until she weaned and even then it was for comfort to help sleep for a few days.  (so weird, I know)  Anyway.  Don't be nervous.  I did all my research and went to a few La Leche League meetings.  I even met with a Lactation Consultant.  (there is one in my DD pedi's office)  I reccomend doing those.  Also, you need some nursing bras and some washable pads b/c you may leak.  I like the nursing tanks b/c I wear them by themselves or under things (DD was born in Nov and it was cold, they came in handy).  If you decide to pump, by a dual one b/c a single is a waste of time.  (I had a single)  A bobby pillow is great for support at the middle of the night feedings when you are tired.  DD always slept in her room, so I BF in a rocking chair with the bobby pillow.  If I fell alseep feeding her she didn't end up in the floor.  :)  I also used nursing covers, but most moms don't care.  I found all my nursing things at Walmart, but I hear you can't find it any more....I don't know if that's true or not.....its been over 2yr since I bought my things.  Be patient!  BF babies feed on demand and may eat more often than FF babies.  They digest the milk faster and its better for them!  My DD could eat every 2hr some days and then go 6hr some days.  Listen to your LO and not the pedi on some things.  I was very blessed to have a good pedi for our DD!!!!  Good luck and God bless

MrsAdorkable
by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM

There are a few cases where paci's don't interfere (like with my lo) but it is generally not worth risking the major headache & drama that comes with nipple confusion. I'd wait until bf is well established.

Really my only advice is follow your instincts. Nurse as often as possible. & don't take dr's bf advice at face value (although your hospital dos sound bf friendly) A good lc is also helpful

melindabelcher
by mel on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Some mamas love the nursing bras but alot just wear a tank under their shirt so they can just pull up their shirt and the whole world doesn't see our beautiful post baby belly! :) As far as nursing bras its best to wait 4-6 weeks post baby you'll lose baby weight and your supply would have adjusted(no engorgement)

tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I would not use a pacifier unless its absolutely needed..like for long road trips when baby is mad about the carseat, or if you have bad oversupply and baby is struggling..we had that issue at 3 weeks he got drowned when he wanted to comfort nurse lol..best to let baby use YOU as the pacifier for a while to help maintain and establish supply.

tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

kellymom.com and lactmed databse are your friends, ask any question you want here too

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