I hope everyone is having a good week. I thought this week we could talk about our trials and tribulations of breastfeeding. What were the area's you had the most trouble with? What did you find the easiest? If you have multiple children, was one child harder than the others in nursing? Lets help out our new nursing mom's by giving them some ideas of what we learn. Also helping them not feel so alone.
Are there any support groups around for breastfeeding moms? You might try calling the lactation consultant at a local hospital and ask her if she knows of any around you. They might be able to offer you the support you are looking for.
There isn't an expert on this board. You might want to go over to our Newborn to 1st year community . But as the other PP's states as long as you are feeling up to nursing you should continue to nurse. It won't hurt your child. Just make sure to keep your hands washed after you are ill.
The make some really good covers for breastfeeding that allow the mom to still be able to look down at their little one and not have the whole world see. If you google Breastfeeding covers, to see which one would be best for you.
I understand your issues. My first child I breastfed is going on 17 in March, and that was before the breastfeeding laws. I had issues as well with keeping up my supply. I say before you go back to work, you ask to meet with your manager and discuss how important this is for you. Explain that you'd like to work out something so that you can continue to provide breastmilk for your child. I'd also like to suggest that you might also want to add in an extra pumping in the evening and at night, along with maybe in the morning, if possible. And get your body use to it, so that at least you'd have 3 extra pumpings a day for milk during the day.
Breastfeeding is difficult, but even more so for the working mom. Good luck to you and congrats on trying hard to make a good effort for your little one!
It sounds like to me that she isn't latching on correctly. If you have nursed before and she is latching correctly I wouldn't think you'd have such bad cracking and bleeding. Are you letting your nipples air dry after each nursing session? You may want to call the hospital and talk to a lactation consultant to see if they have some suggestions or could take a look at your daughters latching to make sure it is correct.
Good luck and congratulations on the new little one! EmmaView Thread
Start eliminating one pumping a day, for a week. I am not sure how often you pump but if that won't get you completely off the pump by your vacation you can speed this up just a bit. But by eliminating one pumping a day, you should slowly dry up. You might also not pump as long each pump cycle.
Baby's schedules are difficult enough during a regular time frame, but how do you deal with baby's feeding schedules and holiday parties/get togethers? Do you try to feed baby before events, or do you keep baby on his/her schedule and deal with it like normal?
I know in the past, I've had difficulties with traveling and baby's schedules, having to make sure my baby's were fed before our long car rides.
What are your plans for feeding schedule this holiday season?View Thread
I find that those that are insecure with themselves have the biggest problems with breastfeeding. More than likely your MIL feels insecure about herself and her choice not to breastfeed. Although more than like the era she had her children didn't support breastfeeding either.
I personally like going to my room to nurse, if I am not involved in a conversation, because it's quiet time for me and the baby. But I wouldn't go in there if I were in the middle of a conversation or enjoying something. I'd simply throw a receiving blanket over my shoulder and go. Maybe you should start doing that.
Good for you for sticking up for yourself and your choice to breastfeed your children! EmmaView Thread