If you have flat or inverted nipples, get a pair of breast shells! :P They are a hard plastic (but very comfortable) and they help break the adhesions that keep your nipples from protuding properly. My baby couldn't latch on to my flat nipples, even with a nipple shield (soft rubber) but after an hour wearing the shells, she latched on without a problem! :P
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
1. Buy a plastic-flannel pad. They are for toddler beds under the sheets in case they have an accident. They are 2 for ten dollars I think. Anyway, they are just perfect to lay down on your own bed under your chest. Now you wont leak all over the place when you fall asleep nursing at night! Even if you roll around they are long enough you wont roll off of them.
2. When pumping, try pumping one breast at a time. When you pump one side and it runs out go to the other side. You can do this forever! While one is being pumped the other is dropping down more milk. Also you have a hand free to massage the breast as you pump. I can get soooooo much milk out doing this.----- Pump before you feed (just a bit). Your nipples will get pulled out and have the milk pulled down already and your baby wont have troubles latching on.
3. Baby diapers. They are the greatst nursing pad ever invented. hands down. I had a bunch of newborn size given to me in individual packages. My baby was born to big for them. I got the idea to use them as pads when nothing worked (not even period pads cut in half). I can soak a newborn size diaper. Plus if you lay on it at night you aren't going to soak your bra.
The best way to nurse your baby is the way they teach you at the hospital, I am sure. However, I could not do this. My wrists are so weak from previous breaking, that the football hold, cross over hold etc were so uncomfortable. Since day one, I did so much better with the cradle hold. Nurses and Lactation consultants constantly insisted that I needed to do the football hold etc, but as soon as they left the room, I went back to what was comfortable for me, and obviously to my baby.
The point being, sometimes no matter what the nurses/books insist on, or what you read, you know what feels best to you. If it works, why not follow through with it?
My little one is a chubby little 7 month old, and he is still nursing like a champ. Now we cradle hold, sit up and nurse while I lie down (so cute), and lie down and nurse. He knows what is comfortable and so do I. I am sooo glad that I stuck with the breastfeeding. It is incredible!!!
The first few weeks can be difficult and you might get discouraged, but the biggest thing that I did was to be patient, it is so worth it. I remember reading other women telling me to stick with it and glad i listened.
Learn the lying down position, especially if you are comfortable co-sleeping!!
My DD would always fall asleep on the breast and when I moved her to put her down somewhere, she would wake right up again. Once I started feeding my DD (she was about 7 weeks old) lying down in my bed, I would just move away when she was done and we have been STTN since then.
If you are in the UK you can get lanisoh cream free on perscrption if you ask the dr. it's worth it at £10 a tube.