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Old 10-08-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm due early November, and I'm trying to get ready for our son I was just wondering if there was anything you wish you had before your baby was born to help you through breastfeeding? Pads, pump, certain bras, lotion, etc? And what you found to be totally unnecessary. I'm a first time mom, and I'm going to try my hardest to succcessfully breastfeed while being a fulltime student. I'd really appreciate any help!!! Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:25 PM   #2
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A really good electric pump and for my last baby the supplemental nursing system right from the start because he was tongue tied and had a lot of sucking issues and this thing was wonderful
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:24 PM   #3
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I still wish I had more nursing tops.
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:33 PM   #4
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a better nursing pillow - i had a boppy and it never fit me and dd well. i hear great things about my brest friend pillows though.
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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I wish that my milk would have come in. I was completely prepared other than that.
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:34 PM   #6
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Re: What do you wish you had?

What do I really wish I had? Um..no nerve ending in my nipples! I wish I never felt the cracks!
I had ended up with some triple compound cream from the m/w! Healed great!

The only thing I can pass on is patience! It can take longer for some babies to learn...remember..it's a LEARNING process...not a one time thing!
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:24 PM   #7
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I would say invest in a high grade breast pump with an add on car adaptor power source (plug for a cigarette lighter - pumping between classes, etc.). I was a full time Master's student with dd #1 - just wanted to tell you it can be done! Good luck mama!
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:48 PM   #8
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Re: What do you wish you had?

Good nursing pillow...boppy never worked well for us.

good bras/NON underwire-i had one of each and i hated my underwire bra and wished i had more non underwire in the begining.

Lanoish-make sure you have a tube or 2. i kept one in the diaper bag and in the bathroom/bedroom

Patience-what may work today may not work tomorrow-its a learning process for you AND baby.


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Old 10-10-2006, 06:53 PM   #9
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Re: What do you wish you had?

I didn't need anything to breastfeed the first time around except lanolin and some breast pads. A few days after having Ariah I was in the grocery store picking up a few items and felt something drip drip dripping onto my toes through my sandels. I looked down and the front of my shirt was soaked. I don't know how people failed to mention breastpads and leaking to me. You'd think with my Mom nursing her 8 kids and my sister's having babies they would have told me to watch for that lol.
I was prepared for sore nipples- and for cracking. They filled me in BIG TIME on that end. My sister's told me it only lasts for a few weeks and then it only gets better. Knowing that helped me to stick it out. I've now nursed all four of my children.
Good luck to you! I hope you find it as rewarding as I do.
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The soothie gel pads..... the best things ever! And that someone had told me how painful it could be (but absolutely worth it!). And just when you think you can't take it anymore it gets better. Nothing beats the satisfaction of looking at those chubby thighs and knowing you did that
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