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I Eat at Mom’s

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week! I have been thinking about what I wanted to write to add to the Breastfeeding Blog Hop, and I started thinking back to my experiences, and what helped me from the very beginning. First and foremost, my husband and I took a breastfeeding class with a lactation consultant, which I highly recommend for any expectant parents. At the class, we were given little slips of paper that said “I eat at Mom’s” to put in our baby’s bassinet after she was born. I packed my little slips of paper in the overstuffed labor bag, and tucked them in my baby’s bassinet before she even left the delivery room. I wanted to be sure that no one was going to accidentally give my baby a bottle or pacifier without talking to me first.

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Breastfeeding: The Freezer Stash

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When pumping to build a freezer stash, it’s best to pump one extra session per day, preferably in the very early morning (between 4 and 8 am) when your supply is highest. Most ladies feed their little one and then pump in an hour or so. You can also try feeding you baby on one side and pumping on the other side. Some people pump several extra sessions per day. The problem with this is Read the rest of this entry

Why I *Still* Breastfeed

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I was in labor for a really, really long time. I was five days overdue when I went in for an induction. I was admitted on a Monday evening, and Charlotte Grace was born forty-eight hours later. I had two rounds of cervadel and a lot of waiting before they broke my water and started the pitocin at about 1 am on Wednesday morning. The contractions started immediately, and they were intense and right on top of each other. Charlotte was (finally) born at 5:30 pm that Wednesday, after a failed epidural, an episiotomy, and two hours of pushing. I was exhausted and in a lot of pain. I asked for something for the pain that wouldn’t impact breastfeeding, and they gave me morphine. I wish with all of my heart that I could take that back. Read the rest of this entry

Breastfeeding: Moo! Pumping those Boobies

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If you’re going back to work and plan on breastfeeding, a good pump is essential. While there are a lot of pumps out there, our hospital’s lactation consultant recommended the Medela Pump in Style (and no one paid me to say that!)  After getting mine out of the box and sanitizing everything, it took me a little bit of time to figure how to use the darn thing. Here’s a quick, no nonsense guide to using an electric breast pump. Read the rest of this entry

Breastfeeding: Troubleshooting

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Early on in our breastfeeding journey, we struggled with using nipple shields (Charlotte had some trouble getting a latch on leftie) and cracked, bleeding nipples. Aside from those issues, the first ten seconds of nursing hurt for about six weeks. It was like little needles in my nipples. After about two weeks of things finally working correctly, I started having shooting pain through my breasts. (Just in time to go back to work! Awesome. . .) The pain was intense enough to wake me from a dead sleep, and lasted about month before it was corrected. I would lie in bed crying, and trying really hard to be quiet about it so I wouldn’t wake the baby.

Here’s the kicker – No one knew what it was. Read the rest of this entry

Breastfeeding: The Early Weeks

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Here’s the second breastfeeding article in my series. Like I said last time – I am not a doctor, nurse, or lactation consultant. I am, however, a mother who has successfully (and sometimes painfully) breastfed her baby for ten months now. Hopefully, my knowledge and experiences can help you or someone you know!

Babies have a natural instinct to nurse, as soon as they’re born. It’s best to nurse your baby as soon as you can after delivery. If you have a C-section, then ask that the baby be brought to you as soon as possible to nurse. Breastfeeding quickly helps the baby learn how to latch.

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Breastfeeding: All About Boobies

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I have been breastfeeding Charlotte for 10 months now. Within the first 6 months, I realized something crazy. It has been amazing to me how little many medical professionals – including our ob-gyn and pediatrician – know about breastfeeding!  Thank goodness for lactation consultants, the La Leche League, and other moms. So, here is my advice on breastfeeding.  I am not a medical professional.  I am just a mom.  However, I have been successfully breastfeeding for ten months, and have had some really painfully struggles along the way.  Hopefully, you all can benefit from my experiences. I plan on writing several articles on breastfeeding, so here’s number one. Read the rest of this entry