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Maddie in the light

Maddie in the light

cooking Lily

cooking Lily

 
Breastfeeding
It Ain't Easy - But There's Help! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2005
The breastfeeding thing seems to be under control now; Maddie’s eating like a pro and I’m all healed up.  We’re a great team.  I cannot forget, though, how hard those first couple of weeks were, and it seems everything happened correctly with me!  Madeleine latched properly right away, never refused to eat, my milk came in on the fourth day and has never stopped, I’ve never had an infection, and so on.  If I had so much trouble and everything went right, how hard it must be for everyone who doesn’t have it so lucky.  As it was, I maintained constant email contact with my girlfriends, seeking sympathy and reassurance.
But what do you do if you don’t have that network?  There are a lot of nursing-related issues that all new moms hear murmured ominously – thrush, mastitis, improper latching, and so on.  Where can you go to find out if your soreness is normal or cause for alarm, without calling your OB 10 times a day?
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Mommy's Throne Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2005
We seem to finally have the nursing thing under control.  The blood blisters are subsiding, so nursing is no longer painful, and I actually find myself looking forward to quiet time with Madeleine (middle-of-the-night feedings not withstanding!).  One of the things that’s made nursing time so much easier has been my awesome glider and ottoman.
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Pass the Frozen Peas Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 June 2005

Let’s talk for a sec about what I’d like to call the big breastfeeding lie:  “Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt!”  I’m not afraid to admit it; I’m ten days into this thing and my nipples are killing me!!!!  And before you all start typing your replies, sending me advice about having an expert observe me and it’s probably Madeleine’s latching, let me just tell you that I’ve been observed by the hospital staff, my OB, Madeleine’s pediatrician, a consultant, and a fellow mother, all of whom tell me Madeleine’s a pro at this and we’re doing everything right.  But I’ve got blood blisters on each side, and it hurts almost unbearably each time she latches on and starts to eat.


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