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Old 09-30-2012, 07:12 AM   #13
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Re: What no one tells you about breastfeeding

I would like to reiterate that breastfeeding is natural, but there is a learning curve.

Breastfeeding should not hurt but can be uncomfortable until you and baby figure out the best way for the two of you to latch.

I can't emphasize LLL enough! You need to hear all the good and bad of attending meetings (it prepares you for the worst and gives you hope for the best).

Be kind to yourself. Breastfeeding is 24 hour work. You are constantly making milk, and you are the source of milk for your baby. Eat well, drink LOTS and rest, rest, rest!

Don't believe that you can be the only source of comfort for your baby. Many first time moms think (breastfeeding or not) that they are the only one that can attend to their baby's cries. Unless your baby is hungry or truly wants/needs to suck, it is okay to pass them off to your partner. Your partner needs to bond too, and that means baths, diaper changes, and sleep snuggles too! While my DH is no substitute for mom, my children have learned early on that as long as they are not hungry, daddy can meet their needs too. He can snuggle, bounce, walk, rock, sing, diaper, etc. Allow your partner to get to know your baby and learn how to parent them in their own way. The pay off will be time to shower quietly without interruption, the occasional morning to sleep in, and a chance to make and eat a meal without holding your baby! Breastfeeding is important, but don't discount dad!
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