Re: How to successfully breastfeed the 1st week?
Just don't give up! My little guy refused to nurse, both at the hospital and at home. After a few days of screaming and weight loss, I started pumping. For a few days I had to supplement with a little formula, while pumping furiously to increase my milk supply. So for the first 5 weeks, I had to pump exclusively. These weeks were really tough, and I mean really tough, but one day I got him to nurse with a nipple shield. So he nursed with the shield for a few weeks. This was immensely simpler than pumping, but still frustrating for me. But 2 weeks ago, he finally latched on without the shield, and it's been wonderful!!! All the work was worth it!
I'm Erin, wife to a wonderful husband, and first time mother of Baby Will - 05/13/2012
"Keep calm and latch on!"