Question on bf'ing.. Maybe tmi?

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Question on bf'ing.. Maybe tmi?

So I have come to the conclusion I am going to go ahead and pump with this LO. My only concern with this is I have some scar tissue built up in both nipples due to them being pierced twice when I was younger. I was wondering if this would effect the way the milk comes out or make me prone to clogs, if that can happen, and infection? I'm sure I'll meet with a lactation councilor before she is born but I figure i would try to find out some info here.

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ow, thinking about piercings there hurts my sore nipples (probably also tmi) I would say maybe you would be more prone to clogging? I'm not to sure, I think lots of people breastfeed after or even with piercings so I think you should be ok... Good luck!

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I think you should be ok but a LC would give you the best answers. Can I ask why you are going straight to pumping and aren't trying to feed at the breast?

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I had my nipples pierced and didn't take them out until the day my DD was born. The milk definitely came out of the piercing holes. The only real problem with that was that I leaked A LOT and had to constantly wear heavy-duty breast pads. Other then that, no problems breastfeeding or with clogs or anything like that. If you have had them out for awhile it might not be a problem at all. Good luck!!

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

I think you should be ok but a LC would give you the best answers. Can I ask why you are going straight to pumping and aren't trying to feed at the breast?

I will be applying for school and working after she is born so I want her to be used to bottles from the get go. I would hate for her not to want to take a bottle and my poor friend have to deal with her screaming all day and her being hungry because she isn't getting her food from where she is used to it. This way she will like bottles and still getting the nutrients from me.

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"thinktink19" wrote:

I will be applying for school and working after she is born so I want her to be used to bottles from the get go. I would hate for her not to want to take a bottle and my poor friend have to deal with her screaming all day and her being hungry because she isn't getting her food from where she is used to it. This way she will like bottles and still getting the nutrients from me.

Not to try and sway you a different way but I went back to work 8 weeks after Nicholas was born. I breastfed and pumped/bottle fed and he did fine switching between the two. You can have it both ways. If you wait for a good supply to be established (2-4 weeks) go ahead and introduce the bottle and there shouldn't be any confusion or trouble. Heck, Nicholas started at the bottle at 3 days old due to jaundice and supplementing. It was so nice to pump at work but then at home (and at night!) he would just eat at the breast. Only pumping 3x day instead of 6-7 saves on washing bottles, pump peices, and time. By the time he reached 7 months old he was entirely bottle feeding during the day but would nurse at night and the morning. Those were our special cuddle times and I cherished them so much. I would hate for you to just give up on something before you even gave it a chance.

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

Not to try and sway you a different way but I went back to work 8 weeks after Nicholas was born. I breastfed and pumped/bottle fed and he did fine switching between the two. You can have it both ways. If you wait for a good supply to be established (2-4 weeks) go ahead and introduce the bottle and there shouldn't be any confusion or trouble. Heck, Nicholas started at the bottle at 3 days old due to jaundice and supplementing. It was so nice to pump at work but then at home (and at night!) he would just eat at the breast. Only pumping 3x day instead of 6-7 saves on washing bottles, pump peices, and time. By the time he reached 7 months old he was entirely bottle feeding during the day but would nurse at night and the morning. Those were our special cuddle times and I cherished them so much. I would hate for you to just give up on something before you even gave it a chance.

Im happy with my decision, thank you very much though Smile Sounds like your little guy was great with transitions, lucky mommy lol.

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I had no problems with breast feeding either and had both of my nipples pierced. They were out for a few years before I had him though. So, didn't have the spray issues from the holes.

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I had my nipples pierced as well & I am a nursing machine Smile No worries Lisa!

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Well that makes me feel better a few of your have had yours done lol. Mine have been out for a couple years now and I always notice the scar tissue when I look at them. I get some of the clear stuff out of them sometimes so hopefully milk won't be a problem haha.