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jacobsmama
Posted: Apr 16 2009, 07:14 PM
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So I bought a Medela breast pump, it is for both breasts and I have read up on it.

I tried very hard to breastfeed with Jacob, he had a sucking issue we didn't find out about until 4 months old. But My milk came in but Iwas so full of milk and it just wouldn't let down at all.

I am so worried this is gonna happen again. Jacob was getting dehyrdated and I had to give him formula and then I just gave up. This time I know if that is happening I can just give some formula but still breastfeed, I didnt' know this before.

I think the 2nd time will be easier but I am still really nervous and want to know as much as I can.

Do any of you who have breastfed have any tips for me?

I know the latch is iimportant and getting past the first week or 2 is the hardest.

I have large breasts blush.gif and they are gonna be so full of milk, I just want to keep them from getting so hard and the milk not letting down that I quit again.

Any encouragment or tips is great! Thank you all. hug.gif


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Posted: Apr 16 2009, 08:10 PM
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Warm cloth or warm shower if they become so full, it'll help with the let down and relieve some of that stress.


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Posted: Apr 17 2009, 03:29 AM
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I agree with the shower...that worked best for me.


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 11:51 AM
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Thanks ladies.


for those of you who breastfed do you think that it is normal to get that full and them to be so hard?


Or is there anny chance I am not gonna have this happen this time. unsure.gif


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 01:49 PM
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The warm wash cloth and shower are good ideas, and with Andrew I also had to pump a couple ounces out of each side BEFORE each feeding, so he could latch on. If I wasn't at home and didn't have my pump, I'd just go in the bathroom and hand express a little. wink.gif It wasn't as bad with Alison, and I definitely wasn't any smaller that time around! I just didn't have as much of an over supply.


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QUOTE (jacobsmama @ Apr 19 2009, 01:51 PM)
Thanks ladies.


for those of you who breastfed do you think that it is normal to get that full and them to be so hard?


Or is there anny chance I am not gonna have this happen this time. unsure.gif

Totally normal ~ mine were like that for about a month after Andrew was born. I couldn't get him to latch on at all in the first few days, until I started pumping before hand! I remember crying and crying in the middle of the night because he couldn't latch on and eat because I was so engorged. wacko.gif


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 02:57 PM
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Yep, I had to hand express a little to soften them up right before I fed Waylon. It lasted about a month. To help with let down, just really focus on the baby when he latches on -- watch his face, really feel the sucking motions, connect as best you can. That will really help you let down.
Also, visit the kellymomdotcom website - full of great info!


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