(Closed) Breastfeeding tips

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Great tips! I have a few for ya!

9. I used to have a hand pump that I would use on the opposite breast the babe was nursing on, since when they start suckling, both will let down. It helped me keep a good supply as well!

10. If you end up having to pump without your baby around (work, etc), create a photo book from walmart or even just an album of 4X6’s to look at when you pump. It really helps you let down!

11. Fenugreek and Mothers Milk Tea are life savers during growth spurts (and if you have to pump alot).

😀

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We just took a breastfeeding class and our lactation consultant taught us a new breastfeeding position that is supposed to be better than the typical “boppy” position. She advocates leaning back in a reclining chair and laying the baby on your chest with his feet pointing toward your feet and the head at your breast. This gives the baby tummy time at the same time as breastfeeding and also puts gentle pressure on their belly, which helps with gas. Gravity also helps with the latch in this position.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had alot of trouble breastfeeding my son, I got clogged ducts so bad that I need antibiotics and my nipples were cracked for months! Laying down to breastfeed was alot easier for me than sitting up with my nursing pillow. Also, the football hold a really good one too!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Great idea!  We have a really extensive thread that we started some months ago.  Mighty Sapphire and I put a lot of information in it.  I’ve found the link:

Breast feeding is hard!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@FreeRangeMom:  We did this early on a lot.  It also helps with over active let down.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 I am going to try my absolute hardest to breast feed my baby this time around. For medical reasons I wasn’t able to with my first baby but I really want to now. I was just wondering if it is a huge deal if I pump or is it just a must to nipple feed every time. I might go back to work but I’m a little nervous about pumping.

 Is it true that babies get really confused if you bottle feed and nipple feed?

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@MissFlipFlops:  So you hear a lot about nipple confusion, but I think of it more as nipple preference.  Many babies like the bottle better because they don’t have to work as hard to get the milk.  Some others get really tied to the comfort of the breast so they refuse the bottle.  (That was our case). 

Pediatricians often recommend feeding by bottle at least once a day once breastfeeding is well established to get the baby used to the bottle.  We followed this advice but stopped for one weekend and ended up with a bottle refuser.  It was an intense couple of months because I couldn’t leave the baby for more than 3 hours.  My husband worked so hard to get her used to the bottle… but it did finally work!

Most people would encourage you to start pumping once breast feeding is well established (both to build up a store for when you go back to work and to increase supply).  Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thank you so much for starting this thread and to all you moms that added advice so far! I really appreciate the mom-to-mom advice and sources in one convenient location for feature reference.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just marked this thread as a Favorite! 😉  Thank you all!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Thanks for this thead! I am marking it so I can come back later on to utilize the tips and links!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just want to add- my doctor told me to give it 3-4 weeks. There were some times when I wanted to give up, but I’m glad she said that to me. After about 4 weeks things fell into place. So also don’t give up! 🙂 It gets easier.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Read both threads all the way through again, now that I know what you’re talking about!!! Very helpful—again! Thanks.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I have a 16-month-old son who I am still nursing.  I have two tips: Number 1, RELAX!! Don’t stress out about it! The baby can feel you stressing out! If you don’t get it the first time, don’t give up, use your lactation consultants, that’s what they’re there for! Fortunately, breast feeding came very naturally for both my son and I and my mom helped me too! 

 

Also, my favorite position in those early months was lying down with my son while he nursed! It was the best because you could nap while they nursed than take a nap with them when they fell asleep! Don’t let people tell you that it’s dangerous to sleep with your baby! I did that A LOT with my son and never even came close to ever rolling on top of him or anything! In those early months when sleep is precious, nap-nursing becomes invaluable! 

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