Hello everyone! I'm new to the website and forum! I'm 34 wks pregnant with first baby and looking forward to BF her as much as I can!!
Reading the threads has been very encouraging, knowing there is a lot of help out there, with any issues that may appear!! I know it won't be easy, but I'm ready for the challenge!!
I come from a different culture, and it shocks me how different the aproach to BF is from my friends in both the US and my country of origin.
The ones from here (US) did not bf at all or only did it for 2 weeks tops, "it hurts too much"(being the most common one) "is time consuming" "I didn't to it with my first one why bother with this one" "baby didn't know how to latch on so I gave up" Some of them switched to formula alltogether, some of them pumped and fed baby with a bottle, until switching also to formula "it's easier"!
They did not consult any lactation specialist, they did not use La Leche League....
On the other hand, my friends from my country HAD NO PROBLEMS AT ALL, bf since day one, with none or little pain,babies were healthy and gaining weight, no fussing over bf in public (OMG Heaven forbid you pop a boob in public here, even if you use some cover) and mommies looked great and lost a lot of their pregnancy weight really fast!!
So, after reading the theads and finding so many of us out here so determined to BF I find it comforting!! Because everywhere else I turn not so much!
And also I wanted to share some advice I've gotten from the succesful mommies back home: they started nipple massage on their last wks of pregnancy, using a gentle sponge in the shower, and then moisturizing with plain cocoa butter.... I started and already the changes are amazing, the skin is softer than ever, it feels more "elastic", etc.
has anyone else tried something similar? They also suggested let them be exposed to the sun and air....
Anyways, thanks for reading!! Sorry if it is too long!!