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Mommies who want to BF

I really would like to try to bf but i know that I also want pain meds. I am definately having a c-section and really hate pain (I am a big baby), but I want to attempt to breast feed. Anyone else having similar questions or concerns or any input on bf in general, whether it be tips and secrets or anything.

I am completely new to this whole idea. I didn't even try with DD. So please share everything.

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I am pretty sure the hospital will only give you the meds you can take while breastfeeding if they know that is your wish. After my c-section they offered me ibuprofen which I believe is completely safe while nursing because that's what I was doing. I think the best thing for me after the c-section was to get up and moving so that the healing went faster thus not needing pain meds.

If you are interested in information about how to breastfeed/ how to be successful after a c-section you could check out the website kellymom.com There is tons of helpful information on there.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding book is GREAT!
http://www.amazon.com/Womanly-Breastfeeding-Leche-League-International/dp/0345518446/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320123347&sr=8-1-spell

Also, visit La Leche Leauge http://www.llli.org/ and find a group in your area. If you started attending now you could make some great friends and learn a TON about breastfeeding from them.

My advice would be to nurse nurse nurse..if you have any issues with supply nurse more...and get help early if you have any problems with latch. If you haven't nursed before INSIST on a lactation consultant meet with you daily if not more often while you are in the hospital and help you with feeding. They are super helpful and can help you prevent a lot of discomfort and problems. There are also a lot of lactation specialist in my area that come to your home after the birth to help with any problems. You might look into what options you have with help after the baby is born to support your nursing desires.

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breastfeeding was really difficult for me initially with DS, but truly within a week, everything was great! i am so glad i pushed through those first few days when it was painful, my milk was slow to come in, and baby was having latch issues, because once all that got worked out, it was wonderful. so my advice is if you really want to breastfeed, don't let yourself get discouraged if it's difficult at first...push through and ask for help from lactation consultants, and soon it will be easy! and it's really so easy and convenient compared to buying formula, mixing bottles, warming bottles, washing bottles, sterilizing nipples, etc.! i would much rather just pull up my shirt and know that it's the perfect temperature, always sterile, and the exact nutrition that baby needs. i could easily do it while half-asleep and while cooking or cleaning (with DS in a baby wrap carrier).

the lactation consultant in the hospital was very helpful in showing me how to get DS to latch properly, and that's so important. i also took a breastfeeding class that the hospital offered while i was pregnant. i got a lot of good materials from that class that i could refer to after DS was born to help me know how often to nurse, different ways to hold him while nursing, how to pump milk to store in the freezer, etc.

there are definitely strong pain meds you can take safely while breastfeeding. i had 3 significant tears "down there" after my vaginal delivery, and was given prescriptions for high-dose ibuprophen and lortab and told both were fine to take while nursing. i only ended up needing regular ibuprophen for a couple weeks while healing, but i had the stronger stuff available if needed and wouldn't have hesitated to take it if i were in pain!

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I had two c's and nursed both girls with no problem. The pain meds were a non-issue. I told them upfront that I wanted to nurse and then checked before I took anything to make sure it was safe. I had some percoset that I was prescribed, but I think I may have only taken one or two after each birth. I found the pain to be more than manageable and the second was mostly pain free for 24 hours and even then it wasn't terrible.

As for general breastfeeding advice I think taking the breastfeeding class at the hospital was great as well as getting help from the LC. Also the BF class was free and if there was a fee for the LC it got billed within the insurance so I didn't see it.
HTH!

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I'm a crazy, Bfing nut Smile Elliot nursed until she was 2. If they know you are nursing, they will only offer you pain meds that are compatible with nursing. Nurse often and nurse on demnad to build up your supply. Any other questions or advice you need, please feel free to ask Smile

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I had a lot of trouble nursing both my boys, but it was easier the second time around. It takes a lot of patience! But once things get going it will work out. I also took ibprofen (sp?) after delivery for a while and that helped. I've never had a c-sec so I'm not sure about that, but I'm sure they will give u whatever meds you need. I also recommend those creams you can use for cracked nipples, etc. Those helped. I'm hoping bfing goes better with this 3rd baby, but I'm also gearing up for whatever. With ds#1 i only did it for a few weeks, but with #2 it lasted like 4 months. Anything is better than nothing. My goal is to make it to 6 mon with this one. Smile

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I don't know anything about c/sections, but you've gotten some good advice here already. I BFed DD until 14 months, and plan to BF #2 as well. I'm not going to sugar-coat it--BFing is hard!!! I wouldn't trade it for all the stress of bottle feeding though... as someone mentioned, it's so much more convenient to BF than to deal with sanitizing bottles, making formula etc... Especially while traveling or in the middle of the night.

My experience is not typical, as most women will tell you the painful phase lasts about 2 weeks max, but for me it was painful for the entire 14 months. DD had a really bad latch. I don't want to dissuade you, though... as I said, this is NOT typical. I am hoping and praying that #2 will have a better latch because I don't know if I can go through that again. Worst-case scenario, though, I will pump and bottle feed with breast milk rather than formula.

ETA: As others have said, definitely take advantage of any breastfeeding classes and lactation consultants available at the hospital!

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"motorjunkie89" wrote:

I really would like to try to bf but i know that I also want pain meds. I am definately having a c-section and really hate pain (I am a big baby), but I want to attempt to breast feed. Anyone else having similar questions or concerns or any input on bf in general, whether it be tips and secrets or anything.

I am completely new to this whole idea. I didn't even try with DD. So please share everything.

I think everyone has pretty much covered it, but I'll go ahead and throw in my 2 cents. I had a c/s with DD and breasfed her. They only give you what you can take while breastfeeding. What nobody told me about breastfeeding (and what I think causes most to quit too soon) is that it HURTS at first. For about 2 or 3 weeks it hurt so bad that I would cry when she would latch on. Do whatever it takes to make sure that your LO has a good latch and if he/she latches poorly, pull 'em off and redo until it's right and you'll save yourself a lot of pain. OH! And when your supply gets established and you don't get engorged anymore you are still making enough milk, even if it feels like you aren't. Supply = Demand!

It's totally worth it if you can stick out the rough beginning. Don't give up! I went for 10.5 months with DD until I got pg again and I hope to make it all the way to a year this next time.

ETA: KellyMom has GREAT info! http://www.kellymom.com/

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I've heard the BF hurts and that is why most women giv eup. My mom (who has had 6 kids) told me to "prepare my nipples early. Pinching, squeezing etc. I have enlisted DH in that job. He enjoys that quite much! LOL.

I hear alot of advice saying that you don't have to do anything to prepare for it, but if it's that painful for some women, why not take the extra precaution??

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There was alot of great advice. I called my hospital's LC and they had me leave a message. I am still waiting on a call back. I do not want to do much of any sort of nipple stimulation early because that can sometimes cause labor and that would be dangerous to myself and DD2 because of a complete previa that I currently am dealing with. My OB recomended that I wait and talk to the pediatrician after I give birth, but I don't want to wait that long to know my options. I would hate to buy all of the stuff for BF and pumping if I can't do it. On top of what ever pain meds I will be given after the cs, I will also be on Naproxin (sp?), and an antibiotic. I am hoping that they will give me the ok on BF, I really want to try but I will be letting WIC know that I still may need some formula to suppliment as DD2 will be away from me for about a week shortly after she is born (within the first 2 months) because I will be having oral surgery and can't take care of DD and DD2 while dealing with all of that.

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I nursed after both of my c-sections. DS was hard and had latch issues but DD was much easier. Just keep trying, it can take a while for both of you to get a hang of it. It look us 2-3 wks before DS latched well without a nipple shield. If you have to supplement only do it after you have tried nursing on both sides. With DS I nursed him on both sides for 15 mins (30 mins total) and then gave him a bottle (just 2-3 ozs). At first it was formula but once my milk came in I pumped and he got BM. Once the 2-3 weeks was over it was great but the first while it was hard and tiring.

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Pumping is looking like it will be my best friend once I get someone that is willing to talk to me about BF at all from my OB or my hospital. I am really starting to get aggitated with the lack of response from anyone at all. I left the message with the LC's secretary over a week ago. All I want is a simple thumbs up or down so that I can start purchasing supplies, because I agree with alot of you and not the OB, this is not a once the baby gets here discussion.

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"motorjunkie89" wrote:

I agree with alot of you and not the OB, this is not a once the baby gets here discussion.

That's what your OB said? :eek: Sorry that you are not getting a more supportive response from your medical caregivers. Good for you for being proactive.

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"motorjunkie89" wrote:

I am hoping that they will give me the ok on BF, I really want to try but I will be letting WIC know that I still may need some formula to suppliment as DD2 will be away from me for about a week shortly after she is born

i was just gonna say, if you're involved with WIC, they might have a breastfeeding counselor you could talk to and get support from before and after baby is born? i know our WIC here has one. i don't know if "breastfeeding counselor" is her actual title, but her job is to help and encourage moms who want to try breastfeeding, and her services are free.

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My next WIC appointment isn't until December I was hoping to have answers before then. I am thinking that I will go ahead and assume that I can BF just so that I can start doing research and asking any questions from those mommies who already know.