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Can you forget how to breastfeed?

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Continuum Tue 09-Aug-11 11:07:13

When I have this baby ds will be 7 1/2 and so it's been years since I breastfed. I feel like I know what to do, based on what I learnt doing it rather than advice, but should I be better prepared?

I really don't expect any help in hospital as they were rubbish last time and I am still pissed off these many years later, I do feel if a midwife is walking around with a badge on that says they're breastfeeding trained or expert or whatever it said then you should actually have some knowledge with regards to people with large breasts and not just fucking give up and literally walk off. If it wasn't for the very experienced (but with no badge!) night time nurse assistant I would've been in a right mess. Even then having to get out of bed and do the rugby hold with me on a chair wasn't so fucking easy after hours and hours of induced labour, 2 hours of pushing and an emcs. I soon discovered at home rugby hold really isn't the only way you can feed a baby if you have massive boobs.

Can't believe I am still ranty after all these years. My nipples were flat after the c-section, this never happens and I am sure it was to do with the very efficient spinal and so got nipple shields and then was supposed to hook myself up to a double electric pump as the shields wouldn't be efficient and left at that and so I fucking sat with the breastfeeding booklet from the end of the bed working it out by myself because there was no way I was going to be sucked further down that route.

I guess with all that I just worry that I'll just have problems again as it's been so long and that I know there is likely to be no help in hospital.

DamascusRose Tue 09-Aug-11 11:40:55

I am sure you and baby will work it out - lying on you side in bed with babe in the cruck (sp?) of your arm is a winner - babies are milk seeking missiles.

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