Tips for moms nursing a baby
Tips for nursing your little one. Talk to a lactation consultant before you leave the hospital, they are there to help. Don't despair: Nursing is trickier than it seems, and may hurt at first. Try hot or cold compresses, and lanolin cream for sore nipples. Use a breastfeeding pillow or other soft support to help you position your baby correctly. A good latch is key. Fuel up: Make sure you're eating well and drinking plenty of water. Breastfeeding nourishes your baby, but it takes a lot of energy from you.
I was starving all the time. You really do have to make sure you eat. Everytime he ate I ate something. Graham crackers and apple juice were my best friends! Lol
The day I went home from the hospital my breasts were engorged. They were hot and hard as rocks and so big they felt like they would explode. I didn't get a pump until about a month after that. That still wasn't as bad as when I get a clogged milk duct. Oh my goodness it was like a white hot knife stabbing me everytime we nursed! It took about three days to get rid of. After that first month though I never had any problems.
The pain, the bleeding.. I mean. cmon.. my nipples were BLEEDING.. No one told me that it was normal. and to be expected..
So.. my tip would be if you really want to nurse.. to stick with it.. there was about 3 days that hurt so madly when he latched on that I cried and had to gasp and bit down on my lip.. but I pushed through it and we made it .. and then for 5 more months it was a piece of cake.. I could nurse him anywhere with ease.. But man oh man..