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II’d like to breastfeed—will my baby and I just know how to do it? What do I need to know?

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The baby will naturally know what to do, but from what I've read, there are things you can do to make it easier for him/her, like certain positions, etc
Talk with your OB about a breastfeeding class.  Most hospitals offer a class or have a lactation consultant to talk to.  Get as much help as you can while you are in the hospital from the nurses.  It's a great thing to do for your baby, but with all good things sometimes they are very difficult.  Don't give up, keep asking questions.  I really had my mind set on doing it with my first, but we had issues with latching on and he wasn't gainging weight like he should have.  So I pumped and fed him with a bottle, we never did get the breastfeeding thing down, but he still got breast milk for a year, when there's a will there's a way.  Good luck
I had much the same problem with my daughter as ndmommy had with her son. She was born with reflux, so breastmik was too thin for her to keep down. And when I was breastfeeding she could only latc on to one nipple. So for a few months I pumped and mixed it with thick formula, then used it for her oatmeal and other baby cereals but plain formula for milk bottles, to help wean her and me slowly. By the time she was a year old and introduced to sippies and whole milk, I was no longer as engorged, or leaking whenever a baby cried within earshot. Many of my family members wondered why I went that long still pumping when my baby couldn't drink breastmilk, but I wanted to do what I could to help keep my baby as healthy as possible and help make her as smart as possible. If half-and-half was all I could do, so be it. If milking the cereal was all I had enough for, then I would do it.
I've found that holding your baby accross your chest is the easiest position for them to latch on. However, I had inverted nipples at first and had to use a shield over them the first couple weeks so he could latch on! After that he got the hang of things. I was so depressed at first, thinking I was doing something wrong because I couldn't even feed my baby! But in time we got it down pat, and the nurses at the hospital were more than willing to help w/ positioning, ect. Good Luck! :)
ok I went to every breastfeeding class and everything to learn as much as I could before my daughter was born last may.. I agree that the easiest position for us seems to be just holding her across my chest, and she really just seemed to know what to do from the beginning. We worked on her latch with the lactation consultant at the hospital but other then that she knew what to do and how to do it. she is 11 months now and still breastfeeding, I am expecting another one in december and am planning on nursing again and possibly both at the same time unless my daughter weans herself before then. If you ever need anything message me or comment on my profile. It is the best bodn you can have with the baby, definitly no regrets on my part.
breastfeeding isthe thing nobody tells you how difficult it can be. nit to scare you or discourage you but unfortunately it is more common for it not to come natural, you have to be dedicated and you have towant to do bc it can also be painful. most birthing center have lactation consultants to help. its great that you want to do it, when it gets difficult just remember how beneficial it is to your baby!
yeah the baby naturaly knows what to do i breast feed my 8 month old alissa and i plan to breast feed baby number 2 anyways breast feeding is wonderful for you and the baby it helps you bond with them but if you plan to bottle feed to then heres the best formulas organic similac or regular similac or infamil or icamil i hope your pregnancy goes good
Good for you, breastfeeding is so important.  When I first had my son I thought breastfeeding would be really easy however I found that at first my son had trouble latching and so it was a lot of work and a bit scary.  I kept trying and never gave up because I knew how unhealthy for a newborn formula can be.  Eventually, after the first couple of weeks, it did become much easier and we have been nursing ever since.  My best advice to you is to seek out someone who has experience with sucessful breatfeeding and enlist them to sit in with you a few times in the early days to give you some pointers.  For me, the help and advice I recieved from my sister in the first few days after my son was born was a huge comfort.  If you don't have anyone close to you who has this knowledge, the La Leche League is a great resource as is your local breatfeeding advocate through the WIC program.  The best feeding postion that I used when my son was very small was the "football" hold. This is where you hold your baby under one arm so that thier feet are sticking out behind you.  This particular angle seems to encourage a good latch and it worked well for me.  Good luck to you and never give up, it is so worth it. 

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