Breastfeeding fears...

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Breastfeeding fears...

Hey ladies, I'm trying to take my mind off of my impending OB appt today (for those of you that haven't read my other thread, I'm having some bad reactions to a medication that's causing some bleeding and cramping) so I decided to post a thread that I've been thinking about for a while anyway. For those of you that have already had a baby, did you find that breastfeeding caused you contractions in the first week or so? I never had a problem with my first or second babies, but when I had DD I cried every time I breastfed her because it felt like I was in labor all over again. It really upset me because breastfeeding is supposed to be this beautiful bonding experience and I found myself dreading every time she was hungry. Thankfully it stopped after the first week or so, and I know I still have a ways to go before I really have to worry about it, but has this happened with any of you? Any reason why?

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I haven't had these problems yet, but I do fear issues with this next one. While breastfeeding seems like it should be a simple and natural thing, so many women really struggle with it and have issues no matter how hard they try! My son and I had thrush throughout the entire time we were breastfeeding, which was very awful. I'm hoping not to have those same issues all over again. I stuck to it though, so I'm proud of that.

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Breastfeeding does cause your uterus to contract. It is because the same hormone that causes your milk to let down (oxytocin) also stimulates uterine contraction (oxytocin is also released during orgasm, which is why people recommend sex to induce labor). The contractions are actually a good thing because they help your uterus get back to normal (studies show the return to pre-pregnancy uterine size happens slower in women who don't breastfeed).

I did notice the after-birth cramps being more painful with the second baby than they were with the first--I have heard that they get worse every time. I feel like I can live with it for only about a week, though. And to me, breastfeeding is so much easier in the long run--just open your shirt and feed the baby, instead of having to wash bottles, mix formula, and all that mess.

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i did find the after pains pretty bad for a little while. I was told to take Ibuprofen for them. it really helped.

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I did not experience these contractions with my daughter. Hopefully I won't with this baby either because that sounds painful! The only problem I had with BF'ing was that my milk supply just suddenly stopped when my daughter was 3 months old. I was so heartbroken. I mean literally within two days I completely dried up. I have no idea why.

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I have heard that it is more painful in subsequent pregnancies because your uterus has to work harder to get back to its normal size again. I don't remember bad after labor cramping with either of my boys so hopefully none this time either? Wishful thinking probably.

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Thanks for the warning about pain. With Nicholas I noticed some cramping the first few days but it never hurt that bad. I was also on 800mg ibproufin around the clock and even some oxy the first couple days due to pain though.

My biggest worry is nipples. Mine were cracked, chapped, and bleeding the first two weeks and it was so painful. If I wasn't so hell bent on breastfeeding I would have for sure given up. It was worth it though....8.5 months of breastfeeding with Nicholas that I am proud of (we supplemented too).

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Angela, you shouldn't have much issues this time with nipple problems like with the first b/c they are toughened up.

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I had the same nipple issues as well. I thought I would die sometimes!!

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I didn't have the cramping. I was producing great, and everything but DS couldn't latch on because I had what the nurses called "inverted nipples" whenever he started to suck they'd go in. Which is so crazy. You just cant predict it and its a battle every feeding. We only did three weeks. But I loved it! This time we're going to use some tools to make SURe I can bf. So I'm scared too, but for different reasons. I'm scared it won't work. again.

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"PAmom2boys" wrote:

Angela, you shouldn't have much issues this time with nipple problems like with the first b/c they are toughened up.

Music to my ears!!!!!! My nips will have been mine for over 1.5 years...do you think they retain their "toughness"?

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"Bekerella" wrote:

I have heard that it is more painful in subsequent pregnancies because your uterus has to work harder to get back to its normal size again. I don't remember bad after labor cramping with either of my boys so hopefully none this time either? Wishful thinking probably.

:eek:

I had no problems with the first, but now....... Although, I could get lucky, because i I don't hink my uterus ever went back anyway, judging from the size of by pre baby belly! LOL!

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i have also heard that after pains and the cramping with breastfeeding gets worse everytime. I know a lady who is a mom of 10 and she said her after pains easily match the pains of labor at this point.

my midwife said that it is more difficult after each baby for the uterus to go back down to size. That is why the contractions are stronger with each baby, the uterus has more work to do to shrink back down.

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

i have also heard that after pains and the cramping with breastfeeding gets worse everytime. I know a lady who is a mom of 10 and she said her after pains easily match the pains of labor at this point.

my midwife said that it is more difficult after each baby for the uterus to go back down to size. That is why the contractions are stronger with each baby, the uterus has more work to do to shrink back down.

Awesome... can't wait for that with baby #4 (I wish you could hear the sarcasm right now!)! And what's worse, I can't take oxy or lortab or percocet or any of the "good drugs" because they make me sick... looks like pain, here we come!

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Ok girls, here's some hope! For the first month of breadtfeeding I hot orgasms! ANC good ones too. It definitely madE
me feel dirty at first then I just tuned out what was giving them and just enjoyed!!

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What???!!! Holy mary that's hot lol! I'm so jealous... and I hope that happens to me with #4!!

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