First time mama needing advice!

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Registered: 04-09-2013
First time mama needing advice!
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 1:00pm

Hi everyone,

I'm currently pregnant, expecting our first child in December.  I'm 100% set on breastfeeding and want to do whatever it takes to have a successful nursing relationship with my child.  That said, can you recommend any books/classes/etc I could look into now?  I want to be as prepared as possible for when baby arrives.  Thanks so much! 

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 1:15pm

I took a breast feeding class through the hospital I delivered at about 2 months before my 1st child was born.  The class was really helpful.  Also, don't be shy about asking for a lactation consultant to visit with you while in the hospital.  Some hands on help with your babies latch can really help.  Also, ahead of time I would recomment getting some lanolin (I like the Medela brand)  and some gel pads that go in the freezer.  In the first few weeks I rotated between those two after each feeding and it helped keep the soreness to a managable level.  

Good luck!

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 8:12am

Lorelei, welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by!

You are very wise to be thinking about this now! Educating yourself and lining up your support system are the two biggest keys to breastfeeding success. Definitely find a good breastfeeding book to read now. Two of my favorites are "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by Diana West and "So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamaro. If there is a breastfeeding class near you, see about enrolling. I would definitely also check into attending a few La Leche League meetings before the baby arrives. It's a great way to get to know your local Leaders in case you do have concerns later on, to continue to educate yourself, and honestly, just to see other moms nursing. Here's a directory to help you find a LLL group in your community:

Does that help? Do you have any questions in the meantime that we can help with? Will you be going back to work or staying home for a while?