thinking of breast-feeding: what do I need to know, what can I read?

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katatonic Sun 08-Dec-13 12:00:03

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looseleaf Sun 08-Dec-13 12:15:55

i don't know about Gina Ford as following my instinct felt right for me but hopefully someone else will know.
But a resource I found invaluable for breastfeeding was Kellymom (should be easy to find on google) . I thought I'd breastfeed to 6 months or so and certainly needed support in the early weeks as things like an incorrect latch can be agony! But ended up finding it easy with both once everything settled and this website helped me throughout

Kate evans and bestfeeding are 2 if the best imo

MidnightRose Sun 08-Dec-13 12:25:11

I also found kelly mom website invaluable. Ive been breastfeeding for 10 months now and looking back my advice for someone having a baby would be not to place too many expectations on your baby in regards to sleeping and frequency of feeds which certain books can lead to. My dd still needs to feed a few times over night and is no where near sleeping through, which is normal.

callamia Sun 08-Dec-13 12:25:15

Good for you. Confidence comes with practice, and seeing that your baby is doing well (for me anyway).

I've learned loads from this forum, and lots from going to breastfeeding cafe drop-ins. The La Leche League's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was an interesting read. I bought mine second hand for a few quid, but breastfeeding cafes seem to loan out books too. I'm sure they wouldn't object to loaning you something in advance of birth (when you've actually got some time to read!)

One thing I've learned is that there are few ready answers. Some babies take long feeds, others short; some mix feed with no problems, others get fussy about bottles; it's helpful to get other perspectives, but you'll soon get to know your own baby. It gets easier!

RegainingUnconsciousness Sun 08-Dec-13 12:31:27

I second the kellymom site.

I also found a local breast feeding group (run by our children's centre) absolutely fantastic. To meet as a group made it feel normal, gain confidence in feeding in public, as well as meeting people.

I fed for 2 years in the end (despite working f/t from 5.5 months). Persistence, perseverance and good luck to you!

RegainingUnconsciousness Sun 08-Dec-13 12:33:27

Oh, regarding sleeping and feeding to sleep. I always fed to sleep, it was the easiest option for all of us. DS grew out of it, and slept through reliably after he was a year.

katatonic Sun 08-Dec-13 12:43:39

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newtonupontheheath Sun 08-Dec-13 12:48:46

The food of love is a good read. It's what I read when you min the night with both mine when they were newborn. That might be the Kate Evans one referred to above, actually...

katatonic Sun 08-Dec-13 13:07:04

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DavidHarewoodsFloozy Sun 08-Dec-13 13:12:17

Yy to kellymom, invaluable. Also, about cluster feeding, this is the point when the well meaning will tell you you're not making enough milk hmm.Ignore,ignore,ignore. And good luck!.

Lovelybitofsquirrel Sun 08-Dec-13 13:16:49

Have you asked your midwife what support is offered in your area? From what I understand it varies widely, and having support in the early days is so important. Try to find out if the Breastfeeding Network or La Leche League operate in your area. Both have excellent websites.
It is likely that your NHS trust offers antenatal bf workshops, so I'd recommend attending one of those.
Lastly there is a wealth of knowledge and support on mn, have you joined an antenatal club on here? Once you all progress to postnatal it is invaluable to have people at the same stage as you to talk to.
Congratulations on your pregnancy and good luck with bf!!

TodayIsAGoodDay Sun 08-Dec-13 13:25:10

Some great advice here. Another good book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breastfeeding-Made-Simple-Natural-Nursing/dp/1572248610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386508867&sr=8-1&keywords=breastfeeding+made+simple

I would second the advice of the previous poster, about cluster feeding. Frequent feeding is does not mean you don't have enough milk. The most important thing to remember is the more you feed the more they make.
Don't get too stressed about getting into a routine -it can drive you bonkers! It will come, with time.

TodayIsAGoodDay Sun 08-Dec-13 13:25:26
FrumiousBandersnatch Sun 08-Dec-13 14:24:39

One more thing to add - you might like to read up on establishing your supply on LLL and Kellymom. It's important to feed on demand in the early days rather than trying to put your baby immediately on a schedule. Oncehe your supply is established then you can develop a feeding schedule if you want.

yes food of love, that's it smile Someone was on here promoting it when it was firt published and I told her off as I thought it was stealth advertising. If I could go back now I'd tell myself to shut up - even if it was free advertising the book's so good she deserves it

trilbydoll Sun 08-Dec-13 17:26:26

I found it difficult to match the books to the reality, I would say find your local bfeeding clinic and go asap after baby arrives.

And cluster feeding is worse and way more time consuming than I imagined, just get lots of flapjack etc. It seems like forever at the time but now I can barely remember it.

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 18:24:11

Not read the whole thread but have a read of this.

The reason I don't like Gina Ford is that her books aren't evidence based, they are just her opinion and she's never had a child herself. Plus I know lots of Mums who have tried her fountained and ended up feeling like a failure.

If you want some good information and the confidence to find a routine that works for you and your baby I recommend babycalming.

Puttting the helpline numbers in your phone is usually a good idea and go along to your local bfing support groups, you can go now, there's no need to wait for Lo to arrive smile

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 18:28:05

Routines not fountained. blush

fuckwittery Sun 08-Dec-13 18:35:35

I quite liked gina ford as an extremely rough guide to when my baby should sleep if I was aiming for a 7-7 night but I ignored everything else!
In particular she advocates a lot of expressing which a lot of mums would find hard to keep up and I think her routines would work better with bottle feeding where you know exactly how much milk they've taken.
I speak as a mother who co-slept, bf on demand (til 18m) first time round; second time round breastfed but to a rough gina routine; and third time round have ended up bottle feeding to no routine at all so far (6 weeks in).

The womanly art of breastfeeding is v good.

EeyoreIsh Sun 08-Dec-13 18:37:46

I've just been to an nct breastfeeding antenatal class, it was great, I'd really recommend it. I think the nhs do them in our area too. I learnt a lot.

jimijack Sun 08-Dec-13 18:41:28

Everything mentioned I agree with.
Also our very own ticktok here on mm is a wonderful helpful expert and will give you one to one advice and information.

Kellymom is all research based so factual and current, well worth a look.

My advice is to not put too much pressure and to many expectations on yourself. See how you feel when the time comes.
Read & educate yourself, but keep in mind that bf is a practical skill, learned "on the job" as it were.

Good luck, when you get going it's lovely.

KippyVonKipperson Sun 08-Dec-13 18:57:48

I really don't think gina ford routines compliment breastfeeding at all, I think you'd end up putting yourself under a lot of stress and worrying about your baby not following the routine by trying to follow it. If you bottle feed you may have more success with gf.

I once read that there are 3 factors that can determine if a woman will successfully breastfeed, and I think largely they are true:
1) the women is convinced of the health advantages of breast milk, and understands its advantages
2) the women isn't afraid to ask for help and support when needed or if she or the baby runs into any issues, and is able to stand her ground or seek out professional to help
3) the women comes from a culture or circle of friends where breastfeeding is accepted or the norm

Obviously not saying if you don't fit those 3 criteria you won't succeed, I'm sure there are many women who are the first in their social circle to bf for example, but it may be worth considering each of them before the baby is born. I have been breastfeeding my DS for 11 months now and in the beginning when I was finding things a bit tricky I really wish I'd known more about the benefits of breastfeeding as I think it would have helped enormously to keep me persevering. It's only since then I've read articles about the benefits of bfing that I'm really glad I kept at it, as I'm sure I could easily have stopped at a few points in those early weeks.

Best of luck, don't be afraid to revisit these boards for tips or advice when the baby arrives, as always you worry about one thing and its usually another problem that crops up anyway!

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Dec-13 19:04:04

Lansinoh!! Use it as much as possible, as often as possible.

Listen to your instincts - you will get to know your own baby, writers are writing about their own babies. You wouldn't expect a book to tell you how to be friends with someone and get it spot on, why is a baby - a whole new person - any different.

Breastfeeding is nature's way of telling you to sit the fuck down and rest while your body heals from the birth. Do this. Essential items: tablet pc or phone with internet; a travel mug full of tea/coffee/whatever; lots of easy to prepare food like stew frozen into portions, cereal etc; the remote control and plenty of box sets; lots of pillows to support your back and arms. Train your p/h to put the biscuits on the side you're not feeding from - mine nearly acquired a new arsehole in the first few days blush

Plus what everyone else said!

FrontLoader Sun 08-Dec-13 19:05:30

Just to add to all the useful advice posted already- I found Dr Jack Newman's book and website really practically helpful and inspiring.

The website is http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 19:30:38

Will second Dr Jack Newman. The videos are particularly good for seeing how things should be, especially when you have a new baby to look after.

AmandaCooper Sun 08-Dec-13 19:55:24

This very forum is immensely helpful!

marthabear Sun 08-Dec-13 19:58:46

'Kate Evans- Food of Love' is fab.

christmascakebaby Sun 08-Dec-13 20:04:15

Hi Kat I naively thought it was a case of boob+baby=breastfeeding. It is for many but not for us. DS had an undiagnosed tongue tie which lead to bf failure at first. I was so determined to do it, we had the TT cut privately, he had other issues treated too and I expressed for 4 weeks before I got him on the boob. I only succeeded due to unfailing support from DH and a BF counsellor. THEN I realised the time it takes to feed and build a supply, there was NO WAY I could have got a routine going then, but that's probably just me. When it finally dawned on me that my new role and job was to sit on the sofa, watch telly, eat flapjacks feed my baby it came a lot easier. Cluster feeding is demanding and can feel bewildering, but is totally normal. Do not give into the 'oh he must be hungry/not getting enough/give him formula advice from well meaning relatives! Lovely tiktok on here gives sage advice, you will always get reassurance and advice. Kellymom is an excellent resource I wish i had found in the early days. GOOD LUCK!

marthabear Sun 08-Dec-13 20:09:59

Oh and Gina Ford's routine would not go well with breastfeeding i'm afraid.

Featherbag Sun 08-Dec-13 20:19:22

My advice would be to accept support from everyone who offers it - MW, HV, bf support workers, get all of them to observe a feed and check your latch etc. Oh, and I agree with the pp who said to use Lansinoh at every opportunity from day one, it's amazing stuff!

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 20:25:32

Like christmas my first had tongue tie. It would have helped me immensely if I'd known about it from the beginning. Don't be afraid to ask the MWs to check for tt and get it checked again if you still have issues. Its easy to miss.

If you google "milk matters tongue tie" some good information should come up. Unfortunately the link won't work for me tonight.

katatonic Sun 08-Dec-13 20:26:22

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christmascakebaby Sun 08-Dec-13 20:38:21

Oh don't be scared! Its your baby working to stimulate you to build up a supply. The greater the demand, the greater your supply. It can be time consuming but it doesn't last long. I thought we were doing it all wrong as i had no idea it happened, let alone that it was totally normal. Cherish the time cuddling and feeding your LO! My ds now is a super charged feeder, 5 mins at a time and he's done!

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 20:42:31

Don't get scared or overwhelmed, for many women it ends up being really easy and convenient.

Yes cluster feeding means that your baby may take lots of feeds in a short space of time and can happen if you bf or ff. like someone said up thread, its natures way of making you sit down, relax and get over being pg and the birth. Try not to look on it as baby being attached to your boob, its more of a time to chat to your DH or catch up on books or TV shows. Lots of people treat themselves to some box sets of their favourite shows.

Their is some info on cluster feeding here but I think its important to remember that not all babies do it and most that do grow out of it pretty quickly.

What to expect in the early weeks is a good article but again its important to remember that for most, it does get easier very quickly.

Thought you might also like to know that GF is on kellymoms list of books to avoid.

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 20:43:58

There not their. Think I really need some sleep!

BornOfFrustration Sun 08-Dec-13 20:55:31

The Breastfeeding Network run free workshops, there's a Feeding Choices workshop and a Breastfeeding workshop, check their website to see if they operate in your area. They're really interesting.

pinkr Sun 08-Dec-13 21:19:12

You really need to be able to devote the time to breast feeding...the growth spurts and cluster feeding will unlikely fit into any routine i'm afraid. Remember...your baby won't have read the book!
It is the best thing ever however...I look at my dd and feel proud that so far she is ebf and all the growing etc is entirely down to me providing what she needs.

PurplePidjin Sun 08-Dec-13 22:27:35

Something my ff and bf friends have noticed is that they are both the same amount of work - but with bf all the effort is in the first few months, whereas ff it's spread over the 18+ months babies have bottles. So where i at 2 weeks was struggling with sore nipples and a baby stuck to me, now at 12.5 months it's on-feed for 10 minutes-done while my ff friends are still sterilising and faffing around.

Cluster feeds tend to be 2-3 hours of long feed, short sleep, long feed etc. Normally in the evening - ds's bedtime feed is still longer (15-20 minutes) than his breakfast one (5-10). Most babies (mine included and he wasn't a great sleeper!) then sleep 4-6 hours before the next feed. You can do things, but risk a crying baby while you do. Leaving a baby to cry while you take a 2 minute wee, or fetch a drink from another room (or even fetch a book/gadget to stop you going insane stuck on the sofa!) will do no harm. Prolonged, unattended crying of 10+ minutes might have an effect. Prolonged crying when you're trying to comfort them is not damaging, and often down to teeth if no other signs of illness.

TimeIsAnIllusion Sun 08-Dec-13 22:41:33

The Continuum Concept
The Continuum Concept introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives. It is a true ‘back to basics’ approach to parenting.

I really enjoyed reading this book and think it improved my relationship with my babies.

bouncysmiley Sun 08-Dec-13 22:48:21

It bloody hurts, it's not easy but totally worth it if you stick in there. Also just feed your baby when s/he's hungry. Even if you think they can't possibly need more. Your baby knows how much they need and will self regulate.

KongKickeroo Sun 08-Dec-13 22:52:26

The Food of Love by Kate Evans - get off Amazon, read and it'll tell you all you need to know smile

Agree with Lansinoh after every feed, shower, etc, from day 1, do not wait to get sore.

Good luck!

Jiltedjohnsjulie Sun 08-Dec-13 22:54:16

While it can hurt for some I think its important to remember that it doesn't hurt for everyone and if you do decide to bf and it is hurting, please seek some help before a little niggle turns into a big problem. Put the bfing helpline numbers in your phone, find out where your local bfing support groups are and we are always here smile

crikeybadger Sun 08-Dec-13 22:59:16

...and let's not remember, it doesn't always hurt. smile

Apart from Food of Love ( --and check out her pregnancy and birth book coming soon!), and womanly art of breastfeeding, I also liked Babyled breastfeeding by Gill Rapley and for motherhood in general- what Mothers do, even when it looks like nothing by Naomi Stadlen.

bouncysmiley Sun 08-Dec-13 23:03:11

I should have qualified my comment, for me it hurt at first but once I had got the hang of it,and after help from wonderfully supportive hubby, family and bf counsellors, it was easy as pie and I did it for a year.

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 22:07:58

This board, and lansinoh saved the day for me, still going strong now at nearly 10 months.

Cluster feeding is great as it gives an excuse to watch DVD box sets and eat chocolates and drink tea grin

Kellymom also very good

Isis website for sleep info including specific to bf babies

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 22:10:23

Yes to reiterate pp - after a few weeks it really did become easy for me and I love it. Is hard work at the beginning though but remember it gets easier with time

Greige Mon 09-Dec-13 22:43:29

I found it difficult - with DC1 I gave up after a few weeks and felt terrible. With DC2 I decided I wasn't going to put myself under pressure but that I would see how things went.

I decided that if I bf for one day I would be happy, if I managed a week I would be delighted. I gave myself permission to stop whenever I wanted - and I decided to stop about eight times - always 'I'm stopping next Monday' Invariably, next Monday came and whatever problem had sorted itself out. I bf until DC was 21months!

I will add to the accolades for kellymom and the bf threads here. Sanity savers.

I quite missed the cluster feeding when it stopped as it was a great excuse to sit and veg in front of the tv. I even managed to crochet a hat for DD while feeding!

catellington Mon 09-Dec-13 22:53:48

greige very impressive! Intrigued how you did that ( knowing nothing about crochet but would imagine you need both hands?)

rabbitlady Mon 09-Dec-13 23:17:11

this is what you need to know:
breastfeeding is not like a meal, its like breathing. babies do it lots. expect some sucking every 20 minutes round the clock with a newborn and beyond. in fact, you might not notice any break in the suckling. though baby will be fast asleep and you won't know it. especially if s/he keeps his/her eyes open.
your baby is part of you like your arm or leg. don't expect him/her to have a separate existence for a long, long time.
there is no such thing as routine for a baby. there is only baby and mummy. whoever gina ford is, she has no place in your relationship with your newborn!
put four pillows on your lap and rest your arm and newborn on them. that will put him/her high enough to latch and suck without pulling, so you won't get sore. as baby gets bigger and you're more used to breastfeeding, you need fewer pillows. but invest now in extra pillows, floor cushions (to support you in bed) and all the fancy pregnancy cushions. and a long sleeved sweatshirt. you'll value that on cold winter nights.
it will feel funny to be sucked, and to be touched 24/7. but you'll get used to it and then you'll love it and you'll love having done it for the rest of your life.
watch for the ears wiggling. a good latch is demonstrated by wiggly ears.
if your nipples do get sore, numb them with ice before latching. keep them exposed to the air as much as possible. notice how much better they look after a feed than before. keep feeding.
if you get mastitis (which you won't if you're 'feeding as breathing') do use cabbage leaves in the bra, as it works.
learn how to express with fingers and don't invest in any pumps or other equipment. make a circle with finger and thumb. place the join of finger and thumb at the point of the nipple. slide finger and thumb back up the breast. when about half way, gently press down and slide finger and thumb towards the nipple. you may only get one drop the first time, but when you relax, you'll be able to fill a small bottle if you need to. and shoot daddy with milk from a distance of fourteen feet or so. expressing only exists to give you confidence in your power to produce milk.
breastfeeding is natural. both you and your baby have the instincts to make it work. keep others at bay and learn from each other.
have faith. if it feels good and right, its good and right.

i breastfed my only child for four years and three months. her baby is currently 25 months and breastfed, no sign of giving up. i was a breastfeeding counsellor for twelve years.

re books - the womanly art is ok but a bit prissy even when i read it 32 years ago. read jean liedloff's the continuum concept. breast is best was ok. no idea what's around today. except that breasts are basically what they used to be, and so are babies.

hazchem Tue 10-Dec-13 07:04:39

Katatonic I think that more then books what is really really helpful is to see breastfeeding women. This will sound totally stupid but until DS was born I didn't realise that women didn't breastfeed. I mean I knew that women didn't but I'd been so surround by women breastfeeding I really didn't understand that not breastfeeding was even a thing.
So go to a breastfeeding cafe, or LLL meeting or your local NHS support group, or NCT playgroup while your still pregnant. Just see and chat to women who breastfeed.

So on one hand I;d say don't bother with a book but on the other hand I love reading and reading things abiut babies so here are my top three books that helped me:
why love matters
What mothers do
The Politics of Breastfeeding

Booboostoo Tue 10-Dec-13 08:48:19

I found Kellymom and advice on here very useful but primarily I think you need to be flexible which you won't learn from any book. Don't worry though once the baby arrives he/she tells you what they need and you can respond to his/her cues.

For some weird reason I had read everything up to the birth and almost nothing for afterwards, but I still managed to find out what I needed and bf (still bf at 2.5 years).

catellington Tue 10-Dec-13 15:56:07

rabbitlady

breastfeeding is not like a meal, its like breathing. babies do it lots. expect some sucking every 20 minutes round the clock with a newborn and beyond. in fact, you might not notice any break in the suckling. though baby will be fast asleep and you won't know it. especially if s/he keeps his/her eyes open.
your baby is part of you like your arm or leg. don't expect him/her to have a separate existence for a long, long time

This is beautiful I wish someone had said this to me at the beginning smile

marthabear Tue 10-Dec-13 17:19:01

I think rabbitlady's post is beautiful too.....and spot on.

DeepThought Tue 10-Dec-13 17:35:17

Wrt cluster feeding - some ff babies cluster feed too. Either way if you accept that the first few weeks will be feed sleep nappy repeat, you'll be grand.

sleeplessbunny Tue 10-Dec-13 17:42:21

I'd say try not to read too many books! The advice on here is good, and if you can get good support from your MW/HV and local children's centre (bf groups) then that will certainly help. Try not to stress about it and take it as it comes. I found the first couple of weeks hard but then it started to get much easier and by 6 weeks or so it was so natural and easy it was hard to imagine anything else.

What I hated the most was the unhelpful advice from my DM/DMIL who had no experience of breastfeeding and just seemed to pity me the whole time. (They are otherwise wonderful people, I should add. They just had zero knowledge about bfing). Try to avoid/ignore where possible.

crikeybadger Tue 10-Dec-13 17:54:30

I agree that the first part of rabbit lady's post is lovely...but air drying is not recommended anymore and pillows will be good for some and not for others......just do what works for you. smile

catellington Tue 10-Dec-13 20:54:09

Yes that's true I never had pillows but dd was light as a feather! Other people swear by them though.

One practical thing is that an armchair was no good for me, not enough elbow room and useless once dd got too long, anywhere else fine just not chairs with arms smile

gracegrape Tue 10-Dec-13 22:04:55

Do not, whatever you do, read Gina Ford. With my first I thought it would be great to have her on an early routine. I totally messed up my supply because I thought she couldn't possibly need feeding again if I'd fed her less than an hour before. I ended up mixed feeding and only kept the bf up for 3 months. When dd2 came along, I pretty much offered her a boob every time she whimpered. Still feeding her 14 months on. I like the "feeding is like breathing" analogy too.

Also, bf can feel like harder work at the beginning, especially if you go out with friends who are formula feeding, but it is actually much easier in the long run. No getting up in the night to make bottles and after a few months they only take a few minutes to feed.

Jiltedjohnsjulie Tue 10-Dec-13 22:35:32

OP have we scared you off? grin

katatonic Fri 13-Dec-13 10:02:47

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crikeybadger Fri 13-Dec-13 12:42:23

smile Ah, it's easy to feel overwhelmed as everyone has different experiences that they want to share and different bits of information that helped them.

There are so many things that could happen with breastfeeding- or it could just go swimmingly from the start. As long as you know the basics of how milk production works, what good attachment looks like and where you can get help early on, then you should be fine. smile

HomeHelpMeGawd Fri 13-Dec-13 13:14:15

Hi there

I'd add to what people have said so far:
1. Don't give yourself a hard time if you find it difficult. Most women, in most of the world, throughout most of human evolution, learn to breastfeed by watching several other women breastfeed and asking questions, a process that starts when they are young girls and never stops. Most of us don't have that opportunity, so unsurprisingly we often find it tougher to learn.
2. Given that, videos and breastfeeding cafes are a great way to learn. The internet is your friend in this respect.
3. Babies have a pretty good instinct about this. Here's an amazing example: http://www.breastcrawl.org/video.shtml
4. Language choice can really help. Shifting from thinking about "feeding on demand" to thinking about "feeding on cue", for example. Demand implies a small tyrant; cue implies someone trying to let you know something.

Good luck and enjoy!!

PurpleDana Fri 13-Dec-13 14:16:35

I thought i was quite knowledgable about breastfeeding when i was pregnant, i knew all about the latch, positions, colostrum, when the milk comes in, fore milk / hind milk etc etc... But I found that no one ever talked about how long each feed would take! For some reason I had got 'little and often' in my head, but never anticipated that each feed would take an hour and a half! Then she would be ready again in 20mins! I had seen mums breastfeeding while out shopping & they were feeding baby for 10-20mins or so, that's what I thought I would be doing. But oh no, not with a newborn!
Re mix feeding - yes u can mix breast milk & formula in the bottle. The important thing with expressing is u must keep pumping! When I started to mix feed I lost my supply after a week, thinking I could get away with expressing 3 times a day :-( [Although having said that my Hv thinks I wasn't producing enough anyway due to the problems I had with dd.]
Good luck with whatever u decide to do :-)

Jinglejohnsjulie Fri 13-Dec-13 15:05:17

To be fair though purpke ff babies too can take an age to feed. I know 3 ff babies who all take well over an hour to drink their bottle.

Glad you haven't been scared off OP but agree with crikey, its normal to feel overwhelmed. In fact if you follow crikey's advice I don't think you will go far wrong smile

crikeybadger Fri 13-Dec-13 16:33:31

That's kind JJJ, thanks. smile

BertieBowtiesAreCool Fri 13-Dec-13 16:37:09

Find a breastfeeding support group near you and start going as soon as you start maternity leave. It's invaluable and you might meet people that you later count as some of your best friends.

Finally, I agree with crikeybadger. Those are the three important things to know. Everything else you can find out later.

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