Re: Questions about Breastfeeding
Also, be prepared, and have your support be prepared (husband or whoever) that your only job in the first few weeks is nursing. Nursing. Nursing. Not cleaning, cooking, laundry, socializing, etc. Nursing. My husband fed me bites of food when my first was born. Another idea is to scope out where you think you'd like to be glued to a seat for several weeks. Couch? Glider? Bed? I was incredibly thirsty with nursing, so having water bottles that are easily portable is great too. Record a bunch of TV shows, find some junk novels that you like, whatever, because you are going to be doing a lot of sitting while you nurse. It's normal. It's expected. But it can be surprising the first few weeks. If your other half has to go back to work right away, having someone come in to help you, whether it's relatives or hiring a post partum doula is really helpful. If this isn't possible, it needs to be clear that your #1 priority is feeding the baby, and the rest of running a house is not. happening. Also, I wish I had scheduled a "check in" with a LC after birth, just to improve latch and check in. If everything is going great, fine, but that way you have it in your pocket if you are having trouble.
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start