BF as natural requiring no prep vs I better prepare for BF'ing

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BF as natural requiring no prep vs I better prepare for BF'ing
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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 4:24pm

Was there ever a time when you just assumed BF'ing was natural thus should be easy and as a result assumed no preperation would be need to BF?

If you answered yes to the above, at what point in your life did you realize that was wrong?

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Registered: 07-11-2006

Was there ever a time when you just assumed BF'ing was...easy and...no preperation would be need to BF?

Nope. I guess I'm sort of a worst case scenario kind of person.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
I didn't feel the need to prep. Failed to take the class or go to a LLL meeting.

Who knows whether the class would have been any good, but I did regret not going to a meeting.

I realized my mistake when I had so many lztch issues with my first. I had the list of LCs from the hospital and called them all till I found someone who was home and free to see me that day.

 


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Registered: 05-20-2008

For me, there was a time in teens and early twenties when I think I didn't realize all the issues that could arise from no tbeing prepare or BF'ing. Becuase I had general interest in BF'ing I later started to read BF books from my library and found a

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Registered: 08-19-2010

For me it did come easy. I did read books though. I gave birth to twin girls and breastfed them for 4.5 years. They never had a bottle and I never expressed milk. Same with my next 3 children. I was so inspired I became a LLL leader. That's not to say I have not had challenges (third baby for first 5 months wouldn't nurse on the right breast so I had to trick him) and I've had mastitis, a plugged duct and a bitten nipple that turned into an infection. Nursing was worth it

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Before I got pregnant, I never really thought about it much but assumed it would be natural and easy to the extent I thought about it at all. When I got pregnant, I wanted to be prepared (I tend to over-prepare for most things), so I watched a BFing instructional DVD a couple of times, made DH watch it so he'd be able to help me, and read So That's What They're For and became familiar with all the basics and very common problems.
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Registered: 04-13-2008

didn't really think about whether it was easy or not. I always knew I would breastfeed, for the health reasons, and ther reasons. It is the thing to do in our family.

I did not have the opportunity to go to any classes before baby was born - when I phoned to enquire, they said there were no classes over the Christmas New Year couple of months. The next round of classes would just be starting a short wile before she was born.

I am the sort of person who likes to be as well informed as possible, so I borrowed a book from the library. However, I still had a lot to learn afterwards.

Also many of the things back then that were the recommended approach are the opposite of what is taught today, and likely contributed to the problems I experienced. I was aware there could be problems from the book. I was thus determined to overcome them. So you could say I knew it is not necessarily plain sailing.

Teresa

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Registered: 06-04-2002

Oh yes.

For some reason, I assumed that BFing would come naturally and therefore did no preparation whatsoever, with the exception of the listening to the scant information offered at my multiples prenatal class (which was mostly focused on the worst case scenario, "how to survive the NICU" topics).

I prepared exhaustively for everything else during my pregnancy, reading loads of books and researching online, but for this I did nothing. I can't really explain why that was. I realized I was fully unprepared when I got home with two babes who I could not get to latch, and didn't know what to do.

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Registered: 12-21-2007

No, didn't feel that way.



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