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    If you have any great tips that may help out a new mom just starting out with breastfeeding, please post them here!


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    Thanks! I'm sure if everyone adds their special tips it'll help new bf moms over a couple hurdles!

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    If you're a "tea" drinker - save your used tea bags - when your nipples are sore, place the cold wet tea bag on your nipples. It feels really good and relieves some of the pain.

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    Express some breastmilk and rub it on your nipples after feeds. Make sure its dry before placing your bra back on. It will soothe your nipple, and help heal any cracks

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    Babies and mothers learn to breastfeed by BREASTFEEDING!!!
    Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt! Get prepared ahead of time by taking a class and reading Dr. Newman's book.
    Be willing to get help if you aren't happy with how things are going because the help of a lactation specialist can fix most problems.
    Feeding with bottles will almost always make your problem worse.

    HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY TO FEED YOUR BABY!!!
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    Get a lactation consultant lined up as soon as baby is born.
    Have a good support system, a friend you can call/email with questions.
    Last edited by pumpkinsmom; 05-27-2008 at 12:53 PM.
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    Stick with it!! I know it can be very painful but if you stick to it you'll be thankful in the long run.

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    It can be a little frustrating the first little while, it does get better! Trust me!

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    I never had any problems and I think part of it is was 1) Didn't have over the top expectations, RELAX and enjoy the bonding time, don't stress and 2) make sure babies mouth is wide open and point your nipple up, scoop your nipple/aurelea(sp?) into babies mouth and get as much of the aurelea (sp?) in as possible, make sure the nipple is pointing up when you put it in and all should be good! Oh and make sure baby is completely facing you, nose, chin and entire body should be pressed against you.
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    Keep your pinkie finger nails nice and short so you don't stab the poor kid when you're trying to take them off your nipple; and lick your finger first - it'll slide in there easier.

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    It might sound silly but the following visual was just what I needed to get my son in the right position for cradle hold. I was told that the baby's mouth needs to go up and over the mountain(areloa) That up and over just clicked for me and it corrected the latch. Also go on to Jack Newman's website and watch the videos, all of them are very helpful.

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    If the help you have organized isn't helping, try someone else ... it's not a negative reflection on the LC/nurse/friend at all, sometimes a different perspective is needed. There are private LCs, public health nurses, LLL leaders, and experienced mamas here who all have different approaches, and one of them will make sense to you.

    BFing isn't an all or nothing venture, if you can't bear to nurse for one feeding, that's okay. On the other hand, supplementing messes with your supply. That's fixable, so if you need to supplement for your sanity, it's okay. Just know that it's a short term solution, and is best kept as a last resort option.

    Try nursing lying down. This can be tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it's awesome! It took us 2 months on one side and 3 months on the other.

    Do whatever you have to do to survive the first (week, then 2 weeks, then 6 weeks) ... it gets way, way easier. The pain DOES go away.

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    Default Don't Give Up!

    First tip - don't give up! You can do it! You'll receive a lot of 'advice' recommending that you give up because 'your milk supply is low', 'you aren't producing the 'right' kind of milk', 'you need more rest'... please trust yourself and know that you can do it. Book an appointment with a consultant if you can afford it, or follow your favourite health nurse around the city at clinics. Once you figure it out it becomes so very easy. My new motto is 'I'm to lazy to bottlefeed!'.
    I second the suggestion to learn to feed lying down. It allows you to sleep and nurse, keep nursing if you become sick in bed, stay in bed an extra few minutes in the morning, etc. etc.

    My last tip is to be proud of nursing and proud of yourself. Don't allow anyone to make you feel uncomfortable for feeding your baby. I use a nursing cover and have an anytime anywhere policy. As long as you're covered then you're being respectful to those around you - they should return in kind.

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    Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Ask for help if you need it (go to a clinic, ask a friend/mom whatever). It gets easier!!

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    You would think breast feeding would be a natural thing that wouldn't hurt.. considering were like animals.. in the wild.. animals breast feed as well but how many of them suffer from soreness? I envy those who can breast feed for a full 12 months! I am going on 2 weeks and although I had assistance with latch and the cream seemed to be helping, mine have now started to bleed and the skin has peeled back from the areola and nipple.. its incredibly raw and now I have to pump in order to feed. I do not want to use formula at this time. I would love tips on maybe how to increase supply for pumping? I can't get more than 4 ounces in one pumping and I feel like I am pumping all day just to have enough for the next feed.

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    When my son was born, he kept losing weight during the first month. We were trying to figure it out with the doctors and eventually discovered that my milk supply (rather lack of) was the problem. I was prescribed some pills that I have to take a few times a day (and still do) that increase your supply. It is such a low dose that it does literally nothing else BUT increase my milk supply. It is perfectly safe my baby too. I know so many people who gave up on breast feeding because they didn't have enough milk or they "dried up" but all they needed to do if that was really the case, and the whole demand and supply thing didn't work, was to ask their doctor for these pills. They are called Dom Peridone (pardon the spelling, may be right, may be wrong).

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