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.

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    04/05/14
    Oh man that first month of nursing...OUCH! It was so painful! My son ate every hour day and night! He weighed 9.9 when he was born and was 8.13 when we left the hospital and 2 days later was back to his birth weight. I remember being so swollen and sore.
    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
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    04/05/14
    I am obsessed with graham crackers! I have them all the time, also oatmeal for breakfast to help keep lactation flowing. Lots of water too. The first week was fine but the 2nd week I was so sore but I pushed through it. I'm still breastfeeding and plan on doing so for awhile too.
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      04/05/14
      They gave me graham crackers and apple juice the first night after I had him and I've been hooked ever since. Even now that I am not nursing! 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.
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        04/05/14
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        04/05/14
        Did they show you? Best to go with the nipple from nose pop it in make sure areola is covered and let baby suckle. I find the cradle hold works best for new moms and the football hold.
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          04/05/14
          I think I wish I had known that it wasn't going to be that easy, blissful moment you see in the magazines.. where the mom looks down lovingly as the baby is so perfectly latched on... I was in for a rude awakening..

          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..
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          04/05/14
          Yea there was a week of pain, no bleeding but just swollen nipple blister on one and then after that week it was smooth sailing since.
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