Can I get an AMEN!

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Can I get an AMEN!

For Lactation Consultants!

Worth their weight in GOLD! Since Jonah was born we have met with two and I am so thankful for them! Even as a BTDT mom who had a great breastfeeding experience with my first, I have totally needed help again. Jonah has a small "tongue tied" issue and it is affecting his latch. He is also what they call a "snapping turtle" meaning he clamps down on my boob with such force it hurts like H#LL! Today to LC totally helped me get a better position for him and they even gave me a better nipple shield. Jonah is up to 5LB 15oz, almost his birth weight Dirol

Just wanted to say I love them. And please, if they are available to you USE them. Makes a huge difference!!

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That is wonderful. I have been thinking about calling one. Luke is getting better but it's still hard for him to nurse. It is breaking my heart to be honest. I had a wonderful lactation consultant with ds1. I want to become one when all of my kids are in school full time.

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Also, what kind of nipple shield did she give you?

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That is so encouraging, and way to go!!! I am definitely going to get in touch with one, even if I seem to be doing okay with bf'ing...I think it would be nice to make sure everything is going as well as possible Smile

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Glad to hear everything is going well with Jonah! I used an LC with Nicholas and oh my gosh I am so glad I did. I will for sure use the one in the hospital when I am there and then we can keep going back to the hospital as much as we need to for free afterwards.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

Also, what kind of nipple shield did she give you?

Medula
there are several sizes and the first nurse gave me a larger one, second nurse tried a smaller one with better results.

And I wanted to add that all the appointments are covered under my insurance, so check with yours, I think it is usually covered.

Good luck! I would definitely recommend going to a LC, it has made all the difference.

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I am using a Medela one but it's the 24mm one and it is huge for his tiny mouth! I can't find the other sizes locally and have been wondering if I should order one. He is doing better but it's still really big for him.

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My hospital has a bf store right next to the LC office. They sell nursing bras nipple shields nursing stools boppys breast pumps etc.

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That is great! I hope his latch continues to be better now!

The LC's were a HUGE help with me the first time around! This time, Vivi's latch is great (most of the time), and having the experience already nursing once made everything go a lot smoother. But yes...if you need help, definitely ask the LC's, that's what they're there for!

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AMEN! At the hospital with DS they came in every time I was about to nurse and got him in position for me. If they weren't around a nurse would come in and help. Just having a few days of help made a big difference since I had no idea what I was doing. I will use them again this time if Kara and I have a bumpy start.

I would recommend them to any and all FTMs if you have access. Its good to be SURE the latch is correct so you don't end up with nipple issues when you get home.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

I am using a Medela one but it's the 24mm one and it is huge for his tiny mouth! I can't find the other sizes locally and have been wondering if I should order one. He is doing better but it's still really big for him.

My LC said Amazon has them. Not sure where you live, but you could try a hospital store. My hospital was packed full of all kinds of nursing stuff. Also, try calling a local LaLeche, they know where all the great stuff is in your area.