Re: I'm So confused Please someone respond!!!
Ooh you're going to be just fine! I was online and wanted to reply since your post seemed urgent. All of your questions were normal and there are going to be so many helpful people around you after baby arrives. *hug* The nurses and lac. consultants will all help you get off to a good start with nursing. We all went through a first time, right? I did it about 5 months ago. I did just what you're doing: reading, talking to people, and asking good questions. It'll all be fine.
I'll take a stab at a few questions but as you can see I've not been a member here very long. The LLL leaders on here are great!
"How often do I breastfeed?" - I nursed DS pretty frequently at first. It took 5 days for my milk to come in. Be patient - sometimes it takes a while, and the colostrom is always so good for them.
"How will I know when baby wants to feed?" - The nurses showed us typical baby hunger cues, such as eating his hand. Each baby is unique and probably the nurses will help you to figure out your baby's hunger cues before you head home.
"How long on each breast per feeding?" - I can't remember the official guidance on this, but at first we would do about a half hour on one side at a time. I think baby is in charge of how long on each breast.
"Ok to freeze milk in 4oz bottles?" - There are lots of supplies available for freezing. Medela makes nice little freezer bottles that you can pump into and freeze; I think they're 3 oz. Or special breastfeeding plastic storage bags are an option too. The frozen bags of milk thaw pretty quickly in a bowl of warm water.
I'm very proud of you for your desire to breastfeed! Best wishes on the big day and your new wonderful breastfeeding experience.
Mommy to William, 4/29/09, 7 lbs 13 oz, 21 inches.
Mommy to Evan, 3/18/06. 7 lbs 3 oz, 21 1/4 inches.
Nursed both boys to 14 months