Re: Need support
So true. Ever heard the term "the fourth trimester"? Basically what it means is that during the first 3 months of a baby's life on the outside, the baby is really more like a fetus than a baby. The baby is making an enormous transition from being in the womb, where he was held, fed, and comforted literally all the time, to the outside world, where he is sometimes hungry, wet, cold, gassy, lonely... The only way for a baby to deal with this big transition is to stay in mom's arms and at her breast more or less constantly.
Originally Posted by @llli*hms828
We all spend the first few months of our babies' lives on the couch, in our pjs, eating snacks, wondering if we'll ever see the floor again or eat off a plate that isn't made out of paper. The best way to deal with it is to make yourself a nest on the couch or in bed, with water, snacks, TV remote, and a stack of novels nearby. That way you can stay fed, hydrated, and entertained while you nurse the baby.
This stage really does pass. A newborn is relatively weak, small, and uncoordinated, and those things make newborns tricky to nurse. You have to really work to position them, and often you have to hold the breast throughout the feeding. But this will change as your baby gets bigger and stronger and more adept. A 3 month old baby isn't going to need so much help with positioning, and a 6 month old baby will probably be able to latch on without you even having to look at her. A toddler will ambush you and latch on upside down and backwards! And of course, as the baby gets older she starts giving back- smiles, coos, gentle touches. All a newborn does is cream and poop.
Some this that can buy you a little respite from the constant nursathon:
- Sling- babies who are worn are usually more content than those who are put down
- Swing or vibrating chair- the motion of the swing can sometimes sub in for mom
When you have larger, softer breasts, you can sometimes prop them up by tucking a rolled-up washcloth or small pillow under the breast. That may allow you to nurse hands-free, at least some of the time. Reclined nursing positions are also great, because the baby is coming at you from above, and the breast can't sag down over her nose.
ETA: this link has a good picture of a mom nursing reclined. It's the first image on the left- mom's wearing a white bra, baby's only wearing a diaper.http://www.allinahealth.org/ac/pregc...feed_positions
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