first time breastfeeding

What are some steps during pregnancy can a first time brestfeeding mom take when planning to breastfeed?

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Feb 21, 2013
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My tips
by: Anonymous

Keep an open mind about all aspects of breastfeeding.

It's natural but doesn't always come naturally and some women need help.

Dont be afraid to ask for help, if it's available then use it.

Have realistic expectations.

Research as much as you can about all aspects of breastfeeding. Including issues you may have so you are prepared.

If all else fails with breastfeeding, there is another option instead of turning straight to formula.

That is pumping... Exclusivly pumping is becoming more and more the norm and I would love this to be an option in hospitals. You are still giving baby that precious liquid gold it's just not from the breast.

I hope this helps,

Good luck


Feb 22, 2013
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new mom
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi

Here are some pages that can help...



Preparing to breastfeeding while pregnant.



Tips for first time breastfeeding moms.



Educate yourself: Read, read and read some more! all pages listed in our sitemap.



Importance of breastfeeding right after birth.



Realizing that breastfeeding is an intuitive act with the breast crawl.



Hope this helps

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Real breastfeeding problem :(

by Helpless
(Texas)

Hi my son is only 2 weeks old, and I feel like I'm getting more and more fed up with BF him. I'm just getting tired of the constant leakage of my boobs, staining my shirts, wet shirts and bras (yes, I use nursing pads), sore nipples (yes he has a good latch but I'm just new at this and it hurts!), and my most annoying thing about it all is that he unlatches himself and spits milk out; that runs down my chest (on to my shirt or bra) or it runs down his cheek and sits on his neck.

I try to clean him but since his cord hasn't fallen off yet I can't bathe him. And I'm tired of the stinky milk smell!!! Yuck!!! I guess I'm looking for advice to push through it or maybe a slap in the face =\ I know that breastmilk is the BEST thing for him.. And I really want him to have it.. But I guess I'm just being selfish because 'I'm so fed up'. Please help me. =\

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Nov 06, 2012
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my thoughts
by: Tracy Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi, Helpless

You sound a little depressed, are you still taking your prenatal vitamins, it is recommended to keep taking them after birth for a few months. When you go through depression, everything seems worse than what it actually is. I went through this myself and only realized a year later when it "lifted", that I had been depressed. I felt it was a chore just getting up in the morning. Get something with Omega oils in it.

You can bath your baby! You can bath your baby at least twice per week. Here in South Africa, we give our babies a bath every day from birth. I did this with both my children and their cords fell off before day 10. You just need to keep wiping it with surgical spirits after a bath and nappy change.

Nov 06, 2012
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time to adjust
by: Yuliya Novak

Try lying down position. It worked for me. I have tried many brands of breast pads and the best one is Pigeon (Japanese brand). I think first 1,5 months are pretty difficult. You and your baby need time to adjust and learn how to breasfeed. It shall get better.

Nov 06, 2012
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Thanks ladies :)
by: Helpless

Lol yes, I'm still taking my prenatals.. And quite happy.. I don't think I'm depressed at all. I've seen women with PPD and maybe I MAY have the mildest case of it, but for the most part, I'm happy.. It's just this BF, that I can't seem to get the hang of.

Idk How u mamas deal with baby spitting milk on u! Lol I'm a pretty clean person.. Also a new mom, so I'm still needing to adjust to the 'messy-ness' of mommy hood. =\ And thanks for letting me know about bathing him.. We wipe him down with warm water and a wash cloth, but I will be taking a tub with him tonight ;) (afraid of holding him in the shower; incase he gets really slippery and I lose grip).. thanks for the replies :) it helps to know there are/were others in my position. :)

Nov 07, 2012
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Felicia
by: Anonymous

Ur could have over active letdown too. Try to express some milk out using hand technique b4 feeding baby. Newborn commonly regurgitate milk. He unlatches himself cld be b'coz your active letdown that is choking him. Newborn still weak in suckling, therefore is not easy for them to control the milk flow & swallow so much. It get easier as the months goes by. Just ignore the house work for the time being but concentrate on yourself & baby ya

Nov 12, 2012
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Hang in there.
by: Nikki

I'm typing this as I'm pumping at work :). The first few weeks are the hardest. Hang in there. The soreness will get better. I've never had an issue with leaking, but look at it as being blessed with an abundance of milk! I promise, you will get through this and will be so happy you stuck it out. And if you think you have some depression, don't be ashamed to seek help. You're doing awesome so just hang in there. Hugs!

Nov 12, 2012
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Dont give up.
by: Eldener Tan

Hi Helpless, It's only 2weeks and you must understand he is new to the world and that including latching for a suckle. When we were babies, we can depends on our mothers for milk. Dont give up.

If baby got dirty, give her/him a quick bath and just make sure the area ard the cord is properly dry. Shd be no prob. Good luck and happy parenting.

Nov 12, 2012
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Stinky milk smell!
by: Emily

Stinky milk smell! Wait until you have a baby on formula and have that stinky formula smell! Its wayyy worse lol

Nov 12, 2012
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Lasinoh
by: Gina Walker

use Lasinoh nursing cream for soreness. It is a miracle cream! use it EVERY time you nurse.
You can get it at Walmart or most drug stores in the baby dept.

Nov 12, 2012
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"burp rags"
by: Holly

Cloth diapers, aka "burp rags", will be your savior. Buy a dozen or more. Each time little lovey man nurses tuck it under his chin. When he leaks or chokes and backs off, slip an edge over your nipple and apply some pressure, use another edge to wipe his face. Fold one in half and then half again and stuff it in your bra on the side you are not nursing and let it leak into it and decrease the pressure. I had hyperlactation syndrome with my first. Used to choke her too, spray her in the eye, lol. She got to where she would nurse on one side each feeding. It worked... As far as the sore nipples, make sure you don't have thrush/candida/yeast. Bright red nipples and baby has white patches on the inside of his mouth and/or lips. Apply yogurt with live active cultures and blow dry after feeding :-). Stick with it. Your baby and your body will thank you!

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baby breastfeeding problem

by sathee

My son is 3 months old. I had a cesarean delivery and he was handed to me on 3rd day after his birth to breastfeed(colostrum).

2 days after birth he was bottle fed by nurses). When i tried to breast feed him no milk came out at first go.

But next day with some medication i had enough milk with breasts leaking constantly and paining.

I fed my baby but even after long hrs of feeding he remained unsatisfied and wanted bottle every 2 hrs.

Till date i am struggling to keep him full with my breastmilk but even after 1 hr of continuous nursing he wants bottle milk.

Though I have been able to increase timegap between feeding without increasing formula milk qty i hav never been able to make him spend at least one day entirely on breast milk. Pls suggest what to do to make him 100% breastfed baby.

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Jul 29, 2013
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Low Milk Supply
by: Anonymous

You poor thing.

The first 24 hours after birth are important and set up your hormones for breastfeeding and the amount of milk to make so you certainly had a tough start by having a cesarian and not being able to breastfeed straight away or for some time after.

I had a rough start breastfeeding and my milk never fully came in - I never leaked and my breasts never felt full and when I expressed, I only got about 20ml.

The interesting thing is that you sound like you are making enough milk because you said that your milk came in and your breasts were leaking. Do you express in between sessions to increase your supply?

How much milk do you make when you express? Do you feel that your breasts are full? I am wondering whether the baby has just gotten used to getting the milk quickly from the bottle.

You are doing amazing to be still going at 3 months with all your effort. I gave up after 3 months of breast feeding and supplementing because I found it too much emotionally and was devastated that I could not breast feed fully.

I am not sure if the problem was my rough start or that my body just does not make enough milk.

I know that next time, even if I don't make enough milk, I plan to keep breast feeding and supplementing, because once they get to 6 months and start taking in more and more food, then they become satisfied without the bottle top up.

The one thing I did was use an SNS (Supplemental nursing system) which is a bottle that has a tube you tape to your nipple so the baby is topped up with formula / expressed breast milk while you breast feed. This way, all feedings are done at the breast to get you maximum stimulation and maximum milk production.

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struggling with breastfeeding

by John in Thailand

My wife is struggling with breastfeeding. Our baby girl is one month old. She has gained weight from 3.7 to 4.5 kilograms since birth at our one month check up yesterday. The problem is our baby seems unable to sleep for more than an hour if she isn't being held in my wife's arms and have her breast nipple in her mouth. We have pumped some breast milk and tried to feed her that way and even fed her some bottles of formula. This seems to work better as far as sleep for our baby (and mom)but my wife feels that if she doesnt wake up adn at least pump breast milk every 2 hours then her production will decrease. My wife is crying often know since she feels worn out emotionally from the demand. I've tried to tell her to put the baby down next to us and just let her cry since we fed her well, burped her, her diaper has been changed, and she is fine when she is connected to her nipple. My wife can't last very long when the baby cries and picks her up. This is going to spiral out of control and I care so much for them both. What can I do???

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May 09, 2012
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foremilk/hindmilk
by: Tracy

Hi John

Oh, I feel for you guys, I know what its like, my little girl is now 11 months old and was just as demanding. She now still wakes up three to four times at night to breastfeed.

This is a common thing, but before you know it, it will be over and your life will regain some normalcy soon.

Is your wife still taking her prenatal vitamins? This will help prevent depression, which is also extremely common for mom in the first few months after the baby's birth.

You know, it sounds like you guys are doing great even though you might feel like you are not. Great job so far.

Since you have already introduced a bottle to baby, you can just as well try giving baby a pacifier. This can help during the evenings that she wants to constantly breastfeed. This will give mom a break.

Having baby in the bed with you guys will help your wife with sleep, let her breastfeed and then when she seems to drift off, you can just remove moms nipple and replace it with a pacifier.

Read more on co-sleeping here

Mom does not need to pump through the night necessarily to keep up her breast milk supply. She could pump twice and this should be sufficient. If she feels her milk supply does drop she can drink a cup of herbal tea in the mornings. Here is a recipe that I use. (if your wife is on any meds, first ask your doctor about taking the herbs)

Also another thing that can help baby stay fuller longer is if mom breastfeeds her from only one side with each feeding. This will ensure that baby drinks more of the fattier hindmilk (the milk that is released later on during a feeding). If baby has been very colicky, this could also remedy some of her gas problems (which could be the reason for the constant crying)She should switch breasts with each feeding, making sure to pump the breast that baby does not breastfeed from.

Read more on foremilk /hindmilk imbalance here

Hope this helps
Let me know how things go


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how little they know - the baby's first food is the powder milk and not the moms breast

by Ferdinando
(South Korea)

My wife has given birth in South Korea and in the hospital it is impressive how little they know about breast feeding.

Right after the birth they take the baby away and only let you see him 6 hours later. The reason for this they say is that they need to do exams during this time. In fact during this time they feed the powder milk to them.

In this way the baby's first food is the powder milk and not the moms breast. It's absurd. Every baby in korean hospital was treated like this and the doctors said it is because of cultural differences that they recommend to breast feed but during the first days the mom has too less milk therefore need the powder milk. This is totally wrong information.

Once we arrived home it has been so difficult to teach our baby to breast feed because he got used to the bottle of formula which is very easy to drink for him. but we insisted and after long training, many tries and cries. now he is breast feeding and my wife is increasing her milk supply step by step.

This was also thanks to the information provided in this website. Thank you!!

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Tough delivery that caused breastfeeding problems.

I want to share my story because I spent lots of time trying to figure out why breastfeeding was so difficult for me.

My son was coming face up during delivery and after pushing for a long time the nurse got my doctor and she discovered why this delivery was so difficult so during a contraction she rotated him to come through face down.

Well that didn't last long and he flipped back. So she went to rotate him again but only got half way and had to wait for another contraction befoe she could rotate him completely. Needless to say by the time he was delivered his head was so disfigured but by the next day it had reshaped so it looked fine. Anyway I had taken the breastfeeding classes so I knew breastfeeding would be difficult and hurt at first but I toughed it out thinking it would get better.

I worked with lactation specialist to help overcome it, 6 weeks later it was still hurting and I was dreading breastfeeding.

I was at my wits end and still try to work with lactation specialist but I received the impression that they just thought I didn't want it enough.

After doing all sorts of internet research I came across a dula website who offered breastfeeding help and decided to go for it. When she came she check out my technique and said it was fine. Gave me some other postions to try, but then decided to check my baby's suck and noticed it was offline.

Instead of sucking it back to the soft palate he would suck it to the side of his jaw. Anyways she referred me to a chircopractor who specializes in infants and we got in that day (which was a Friday) and had another appointment on Monday.

After those 2 appointments breastfeeding wasn't painful. I was amazed at the difference. I think other may struggle with baby's who could use a good adjustment to help them suck correctly,so that's why I am sharing my story.

If you are wondering if your baby's suck is offline. Use your pointer finger (trim that finger nail and of course wash your hands good), place the finger nail side down on the tougue and allow the baby to suck it. It should go straight back to the soft palate but if pulls to a side then you know the baby has a sucking problem. Make sure to do your research on a good chiropractor too.

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Want to Breastfeed but stopped for a couple months

by Rajshree
(Mumbai)

I have stopped breastfeeding my son when he was 3 months old. I switched to nan as I had a very low milk supply....

My baby is now 7 months old.... I have not breastfeed him from 4-5 months.... Doc says to continue breastfeed but when I try my baby refuses to suck Im really worried... Is it going to affect my baby or me in anyway.... His weight is normal.... I have started giving him dal' cerelac and fruits puree when he was six month old.....

Plz help me.... I wanted to breastfeed but coz of my job I completely stopped breastfeeding.... How this affect my baby

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My baby is 3 weeks old

So my baby is three weeks old and I don't get a whole lot of breast milk I try to pump and I used to get enough milk.

I would get almost to 3oz of it but now only like a drop or two, so I have to use formula and this morning I went to change her and as I changed her, she poopd and it looked a little solid and there was a streak of blood in it. I'm a new mom this is my first baby

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Breastfeeding tips/breastfeeding advice/breastfeeding help

by Tracy
(South Africa)

If you are a new mom, you probably don't know much about breastfeeding. You have made a great decision to breastfeed, one that will effect your life as well as your baby's in a bigger way than you can imagine.

Many moms fail at breastfeeding because of a simple lack of information. Here are a few things you need to know about breastfeeding...

1. Breastfeeding is an acquired skill and does not always come easily. Many mothers have breastfeeding problems, so don't feel alone...when you feel like giving up, remember there is help out there.

2. If your nipples are broken or bleeding, you need to check your baby's latch. Your nipple should not be bleeding, nipple sensitivity is normal (which is quite painful) but this usually only lasts for the first week or so, after this your nipples should get accustomed to the sucking.

3. Many times you hear somebody advising to let baby drink for 10 - 15 minutes on one breast and then the other. I don't believe in this because this is what leads to foremilk /hindmilk imbalance and that's how your baby gets colicky and has runny, foamy green stools! You should breastfeed baby from one breast, until that breast seems empty (it never really gets completely empty) before offering the other breast. You could even offer the other breast at the next feeding. This will ensure that baby receives the fatty hindmilk at the back of the breast.

4. The first few days (2-5) days after birth, your breasts will not be producing "mature milk", but a thicker, transparent liquid called colostrum...in very small amounts. Your baby only needs small amounts of this, so don't think that you have too little milk. The stimulation of baby's sucking will bring on increased milk production soon. Breast compressions can also help get more of the colostrum from your breasts and it stimulates lactation.

5. Some moms think they are producing too little milk and decide to pump their milk instead of physically breastfeeding baby. They do this, so that they can see exactly how much milk they are producing, this is the worse mistake they can make, as this will definitely decrease their supply. They will think they are not producing enough because a breast pup can never remove the same amount of milk a baby can. The lower the amount of milk removed from the breast will result in less milk produced.

6. Breast milk works with the principle Supply and Demand. The more you breastfeed, or the more milk that is removed from the breast, the more milk your body is going to produce.

7. Engorgement is normal in the beginning. You are most probably going to wake up with sore swollen breasts until your body gets accustomed to the amount of breast milk your baby needs. Many times when engorgement goes down, a mom might think that her breast milk supply has dropped, but this is normal...your breasts are now producing just the right amount of milk for your baby's needs.

8. If your baby is not picking up enough weight while exclusively breastfeeding, you can get things that will help with supply, like galactogues and latrogenic foods.

9. Comfort while breastfeeding is important. If you are not comfortable, chances are your baby will not latch on right and you will end up with sore nipples and a sore back. Your breastfeeding sessions are meant to be "relax time" and bonding time. Something that helped me, was my boppy pillow, without it I would have suffered, it went everywhere with me.

10. You need to hold baby while breastfeeding in such a way that his/her spine is in one line. When I breastfed in hospital for the first time with my first baby, the nurses gave me a pillow, plonked him on it with his back flat on the pillow and his head turned to me. Your baby will have a hard time sucking and swallowing like that. Your baby's body and head should be in one line and baby's body should be against yours (preferably skin to skin)

I hope these thoughts and advice help somebody. I wish I had known these things before I tried breastfeeding the first time.

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It has been very trying.

by Susan

I am on my 2nd child and having trouble breastfeeding again. My mom says, "just go upstais and put him on your boobs" My aunt says, "well, I just could squirt milk across the room when I was breastfeeding". I have shed quite a few tears and am only in the 3rd week with my son.

When they require around 7 feedings a day you come up against this problem quite often. My boy had to go on the bottle in the hospital due to my hemorraging after delivery and not getting in any colostrum as a result. Then, I was not pumping very much either as last time. So, now I am trying to get my son to breastfeed after having the ease of the bottle.

Thank you ladies for posting, because I really needed to hear from other women who have had trouble. For someone who really wanted to breastfeed, this is not going the way I planned at all. It has been very trying.

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Additional Breastfeeding Tips from ABC Moms

by Dana Burke
(Chicago, IL)

Fantastic post. So much helpful information for new moms.

I'd like to add, if I may, an additional resource for nursing mothers who are just starting out; I run a parenting resource group in Chicago called ABC Moms, and as part of our lactation consulting services, we've produced a short article with extra tips for breastfeeding mothers.

http://www.abcmomsinc.com/breastfeeding-tips.html

Thanks again for this informative post. I'm bookmarking your site!

Dana Burke, M.S.Ed.

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