Breast feeding advice

@kezabelle (2985)
March 26, 2008 2:08pm CST
OK so I dont want to turn this into a brest versus formula lol but im interested to know. When I had my first I chose to bottle feed, midwives and health visitors were nice no long lectures on how I should be breast feeding. however I chose to breast feed my second and it was awful. She was so dopey on pethidine id had just 15 mins before she was born she wouldnt latch on, I begged them to come and help me I was promised someone would come back 10 hours later and no feed I was simply begging to go home. I managed just one breastfeed and they let me home, once home no amount of trying could get her to latch on so out came the bottles. No mention of any help was given with the mw visit despite me mentioning how hard it was, so she stayed on bottles. Now i know this is just one experience but I cant be the only one who struggled to breast feed and im just curious as to what help there is out there and if anyone else found the help was great or really awful like in my situation.
4 responses
@mememama (3077)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Do you have any lactation consultants in your area? Or La Leche League? They can help you, sometimes medical professionals just don't want to bother with something after the baby is born. I know I've experienced that.
@kezabelle (2985)
26 Mar 08
I dont really know if there are any in my area or not like I say my health visitor was rather useless, and now my little girl is going to be 2 this friday so its all too late now, il probably never have anymore children so a huge part of me wishes id got more help with my last child
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
26 Mar 08
don't beat yourself up about it;) I know all mothers feel guilty about something, it's hard not to! She looks gorgeous and healthy to me!
@kezabelle (2985)
27 Mar 08
Thank you she is healthy and happy and obviously thats the most important thing, its hard not to feel guilty though sometimes I guess youre right if it wasnt this there would be something else.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I'm sorry you had that experience. I had the complete opposite experience from you. The hospital I gave birth at had a lactation consulting service. They came to the NICU once to help me, again to my room with a pump & guidance and even arranged for me to take the top of the line pump home with me because my milk was not coming in very quickly. I even received a phone call once I was home to see how things were going. I had a very pleasant breadfeeding experience and nursed my son for one year.
• United States
28 Mar 08
with my first I got NO help, with my 2nd they kept coming in and asking if I needed any help with latching on or anything. With my 3rd I had a c-section and needed help...they helped once or twice, but they would've rather me have just given him a bottle.
@Swaana (1208)
• India
27 Mar 08
I had trouble with my first child. I had a c-section. So I was unable to sit or lie properly to feed. But the nurse assisted me in holding the baby and I just have to adjust myself to feed. Slowly my mom who was with me in the hospital learnt the trick from the nurse. A small amount of poking the baby's cheeks helped and then holding it close to me by my mom helped even more. Slowly when I was able to sit, she was able to latch it properly.