What Should I Do Differently To Make Breastfeeding Work?

Kathleen Tackett's picture


Dear Lactation Consultant,
I am a mom of three with another baby on the way. I tried to breastfeed my second child but I had alot of problems. My nipples were cracked and bleeding before I even left the hospital. The nurses and consultants said that the baby was latching on correctly, and that it was because the baby had a very strong suckle. I used breast shells to ease the pain between feedings, I soaked my breasts in warm water before feedings to help with letdown, I massaged them, I tried nursing the baby in different positions -- nothing seemed to work.

What Precautions to Continue Kickboxing?

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


Dear Fitness Expert,
I do kickboxing and have done so off and on for approximately 9 years. I stopped during my first pregnancy which resulted in a cesarean 4 years ago.

I am now 11 weeks pregnant and continue to kickbox on a one-to-one basis at a lower intensity.

My concern is as I get into my pregnancy and continue to engage in kickboxing how it will impinge on my existing c-section scar and what precautions I would need to take?

Can I Labor in Water During a VBAC?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,I am expecting my seventh baby. My sixth was an emergency c section due to fetal distress (meconium). I want to have a VBAC. I found a midwife that is willing to help me and I asked her if I would be able to labor in the water. She said, "No. After having a C-sec, your scar could open up like a zipper when in the water so that would not be possible.

Can I Check My cervix For Dilation?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
Hello! I am currently 34 weeks pregnant. I have had braxton hicks now for several weeks, but they are still irregular.I had my son at 36 weeks by c-section and was wondering if my body will treat this pregnancy like a first-time baby since I only dilated to a fingertip with my son before the c-section or will it go more rapidly than the first?

What to Expect at Your Prenatal Visits, 33 - 36 weeks

If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you probably will be visiting our doctors and nurses every other week during this time period. At 36 weeks gestation, your provider may schedule weekly visits until your baby arrives. At each visit you can expect the routine:

  • Your weight measured
  • Your blood pressure taken
  • Your urine analyzed
  • Your abdomen measured to check you baby's growth (fundal height)
  • Your baby's heartbeat listened to
  • A vaginal exam may be done at each visit to:

    Is a Doula for Me?

    The word doula is a Greek word that means "Women's Servant." Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and have proven that this support from another woman has positive effects on the labor process. When a doula was present, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.