Friday, February 15, 2013

Breastfeeding Part 1

I wanted to share this in hopes that I might help any misinformed new moms that may be trying or planning to nurse their baby. If you are pregnant and plan to nurse, please read now. Believe me it will be much easier to find and read this info now, instead of when you are frustrated tired and holding a screaming baby.

Let me just begin this post by saying that. I appreciate nurses and all that they do. I know  that they are really busy. I'm sure  most of the hard work and emotional stress they endure on their jobs is, to say the least exhausting. I am not in any way bashing or judging nurses.

Now for the question....  How do you go into the hospital have your first baby, leave that hospital, and have not been told how to unlatch the baby.

Well actually I know how. This happened to a friend of mine just recently. She never actually nursed the baby at the hospital because she couldn't get him to latch on correctly. So I guess since they were not standing there watching when she finally did get  him to latch then they didn't think to tell her.

Now let me tell you if you have no experience with nursing a little one. Then you may not be aware that they don't just let go. You DO NOT  just pull them off. When a baby nurses they create a suction sort of like when you are really thirsty and you guzzle from a water bottle and the sides of  the bottle begin to go in and your lips sort of suction to the bottle. You don't just pull the bottle from your lips you break the suction first, right.
 Well when you are done nursing your little one or it hurts to bad in the beginning and you just want to stop the baby from nursing for a minute. You have to break the suction. It is very simple to do. Just take your pinkie that's what we call it here, lol  (yeah your little finger) slide into the corner of the baby's mouth beside your breast until the suction breaks, then remove your breast quickly.

If you plan to breastfeed, please learn all you can now, before you baby arrives. I was one of those moms that thought. "If God made us to breastfeed our babys' it will come natural, I will know what to do" HAAA! After that first failure I learned my lesson, and  when I got the second chance with baby number 2 I spent a lot of time learning. It does not come natural to every mom and baby and it is hard for some. However don't be discouraged, if you are willing to learn and very determined you can successfully nurse you baby.


Unknown said...

Tanks for doing this series, I may have to copy the link so I can forward it onto friends who ask for advice. I was one of those mums who had the natural ability to just 'do it' with my first two, my daughters latched and fed and didn't have an issue ever. They weaned at 18 months, I never understood why people couldn't just 'do it' UNTIL I had my sons, twin boys, born premature at 32 weeks, we had such trouble, I expressed for weeks and the tube fed and even when they did learn to suck feed it was still difficult to keep supply up to demand with 2. I was able to stick it out for 6 months, to me I felt failed as I had fed my daughters much longer but I had to let it resignate and even thou I still feel I wasn't adequate I know I did my best to give them the best and that's what matters. They got the goods when they needed it most. I look forward to seeing the rest of your series. :)

Heather @ Called to this Journey said...

Thank you Karla, It really nice to hear from someone who has had experience with both sides. Sound like you did a wonderful job. It was a different experience for me with each of my children. I hope that by sharing what I learned that I can encourage other moms. Maybe when I get all this bloggy stuff figured out it will be easier for you to share my blog with your friend. I'm working on it.