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silver18 Sat 05-Sep-09 11:12:10

Baby due in 2 weeks. Intend to breast feed. Advice from Midwife etc been pretty hard to come by. Hoping for some advice and tips on how best to get started x

TanteRose Sat 05-Sep-09 11:18:10

here you go - try kellymom getting started

BertieBotts Sat 05-Sep-09 18:00:36

Try to have skin-to-skin contact in the first few minutes after birth

Iggi999 Sat 05-Sep-09 21:05:29

Good luck Silver. Don't get disheartened if it doesn't "click" instantly for the two of you. Took me and DS at least a week to get the feeding going well (we carried on for 2 years after that). Could've given up easily in the first days. I found needed to direct mouth/nipple together much more than I'd imagined - thought baby would just jump onto the right spot!

cassell Sat 05-Sep-09 21:17:12

Certainly try putting the baby to your breast as soon as you can immediately after the birth and then when you get to the post natal ward (assuming hospital birth) ask to see the breastfeeding specialist (there should be one) who should be able to help you, the one on the ward I was on spent several hours with me in the first day helping me to get ds latched on properly and showing me how to keep him awake etc so that he got a good feed - that early help was invaluable and we haven't looked back since then (still excl bf at 5mths) Agree with Iggi - baby doesn't just jump into position! Good luck!

deliakate Sun 06-Sep-09 10:24:21

2nd all that cassell says.

I was quite lucky that DS latched on well, and my nipples seem very suitable for bf.... but that didn't stop me having a major panic the 2nd night we were in hospital thinking that he wasn't swallowing anything and was getting lethargic (he was jaundiced, so we had to keep his fluids up).

My advice would really be to ask, ask, ask the midwives to have a look and check that you are doing it ok and/or to latch him on for you. It really helped me.

redtabby Sun 06-Sep-09 18:28:10

Remember that it is not easy immediately but if you perservere it gets wonderful later on.
Get a breastfeeding cushion (a "doomoo" is good).

BertieBotts Sun 06-Sep-09 18:43:19

Oh also, most important thing to remember, every breastfeed makes a difference

MrsBadger Sun 06-Sep-09 18:46:42

that should be 'get a breastfeeding cushion later if you feel you need one'

they are pricey and dd and I were fine without one.

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