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29/07/2010 at 15:22
I am 27 weeks pregnant with my second child and I have chosen to breast feed. Although I didnt breast feed my first child I feel I missed out not doing it the first time and really want to experience it.
I would really like to know peoples experiences with breast feeding. Whether it hurts and how hard/easy it is to express?
29/07/2010 at 21:06
When you first start to BF, it can be sensitive and slight discomfort when they first latch on this doesnt last more than ten seconds, if they are feeding correctly, latched on and in correct position I didnt find it painful At ALL!
Some people struggle when their milk comes in as you can become engorged I didnt experience this as harry fed sooo frequently I never got that bad.
I am sure it is different for all women but I didnt find it painful, just slightly uncomfortable for the first week for the first ten seconds or so.
I only tried expressing once or twice but couldnt get on with it, my cousin expressed all her breast milk as her little one was premature and didnt have a strong enough suck reflex to breast feed,.
Good luck, hope you find it easy.
29/07/2010 at 22:06
Breastfeeding can be painful,whether your baby's latched on correctly or not.The first few days were the worst with all of mine.They were latched on properly,they were feeding but still I got cracked nipples which made latching on painful.It was exactly the same with all my babies,I have sensitive skin that reacts to anything new,it took a little time to get used to being asked to do something new.I used something called Camillosan with my first four children which is supposed to help but made it worse,but with number 5 my midwife gave me a sample of Lansinoh,which was an absolute godsend,just to get me through that phase.
I expressed with my first baby,but the pump was more trouble than it was worth,so I expressed by hand far more efficiently.I did with my second baby occasionally but never really needed to,I just fed her as and when she needed to.
As Charmaine says,all women are different.
30/07/2010 at 08:03
30/07/2010 at 12:44
30/07/2010 at 16:40
03/08/2010 at 21:03
As Charmaine says its slightly uncomfortable for a few seconds when baby first latches on. I found this stopped after a few weeks though.
Never had any problems with cracked nipples. I think the trick is to get a good midwife / breastfeeding expert to make sure that you have a good latch. I didn't get much help in the hospital but my community midwife was brilliant.
As for expressing I found the manual pump a bit hard on the old hands so got an electric one off Ebay. So much easier.
I'm sure you'll find it much more convenient than bottle feeding - you can just whip dinner out in seconds
Good luck x
05/08/2010 at 14:13
I didn't have much pain with BF but I used Lansinoh after each feed as a preventitive measure. I produced so much milk that I had to express each morning and night while Grant fed to prevent engorgement and leaking. Expressing also means you can let people take the new baby for a while so your other child can still get some quality time. I had no trouble with nipple confusion as Grant only got a bottle once a week when someone took him for a while, and this was from 2 weeks old.
I would strongly recomend a good BF pillow as it meant I had 2 hads free when Grant was feeding which will be a good thing if you have another little one running round. I used a Widgey baby pillow from asda.
If you don't have a BF support group in your area give them a call and they may arrange to send someone out to check you are doing OK .I thought we were doing not too bad but after 5 min the adviser gave me one tip and things went great after that.
I had both a manual and electric expressor. I found expressing more painful than feeding at first until i got the settings right on both of them.
05/08/2010 at 14:23
I am also 27 weeks pregnant but with my fourth. I have found it painful to start with till baby gets the hang of it and my nipples got used to it, probably about 4 days. Lansinoh REALLY helps, stops cracks and is also kind of sticky so I reckoned it helped the seal when baby first fed.
Also, which no-one warned me about, there are after pains. Basically when feeding your baby for the first couple of days the hormones cause your uterus to contract, trying to get it back to normal size. It gets worse for each subsequent baby and to me it felt like labour pains but the only pain relief I could take was paracetamol!!
On the upside it only lasts a couple of days tops and your insides are sorting themselves out faster.
Breast feeding is worth it, completely free, clean, easy to do once established, way easier for night time feeds.
05/08/2010 at 15:30
03/09/2010 at 17:46
I was scared about BFing when pregnant. I didnt get the whole out comes the baby and baby latches on. My first taste of BFing was having to express for my little premature baby of 30 weeks gestation.
Bfing is hard. Seriously though, nothing is harder then expressing and then finally having to teach such a small one how to BF...they are so tired and fall asleep. They can latch on and do nothing. its so easy to say "ok bottle instead"
To BF you really REALLY need to want to do it! Once you know how to work it, its easy. Laying down and BFing is brilliant and a sleep saver at 6:30 in the morning!
Sometimes their sucks can be strong and a bit WOW but its not that bad, you really do get used to it. I never experienced sore of cracked nipples, I dont think that bothers everyone. As long as you dry your nipples after each feed with some tissue to help prevent drying out and cracking.
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