Pro-breastfeeding or.....?

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Pro-breastfeeding or.....?
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 12:22pm

http://prettybabies.blogspot.com/2011/08/world-breastfeeding-week.html

I do NOT believe that any mother should feel guilty if she can't breastfeed, for whatever reason.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 04-18-2012 - 2:58pm
Yes, it hurts when you're just learning how to breastfeed and your baby's mouth is tiny.
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 11:05pm
witch_power wrote:
Yes, it hurts when you're just learning how to breastfeed and your baby's mouth is tiny.
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 11:17pm

jessica765 wrote:

The quoted material is actually her advice, not advice she got from an LC she thinks was bad.

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 7:01am

Two things 1) breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt 2) breasts do not "toughen up"

I do not agree that hers is "good advice".

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 8:18am

I've heard over and over from breastfeeding advocates that breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt. 90% of the people I know in real life who've breastfed successfully have said it hurts at first. I don't entirely know what that difference is about, but I don't think insisting it doesn't hurt and creating unrealistic expectations is helpful.

When I was in the hospital, I had this conversation:
LC, after inspecting my daughter's latch: That is a perfect latch.
Me: Ok, how can I tell for myself when the latch is good?
LC: Well, you can see the flanged lips and see that the jaw is moving, but mostly, you can tell because it feels good and doesn't hurt!
Me: It DOES hurt.
LC (frowning): Well, it's perfect...here's some Lanisoh.

I had awful pain for 2 or 3 weeks, despite multiple LCs telling me nothing was wrong and it shouldnt hurt. Eventually the pain went away. My experience is not unusual.

Obviously,

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 11:57am
witch_power wrote:
I have seen similar advice in the past, and I have seen responses like I posted. Yes, good, solid advice can be taken as an attempt to make a mom feel guilty - and setting yourself up as better than "those other lactation meanies" - doesn't really make you look any better.

Because it isn't that most lacation consultants are mean - most of them are saying the same things that she said - and women who have struggled and failed (in their own eyes) - will often blame the one person who was trying to help.

There may be some people who will blame anyone, but that doesn't mean there isn't a difference between good and bad lactation support people.

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 12:13pm
jessica765 wrote:
There may be some people who will blame anyone, but that doesn't mean there isn't a difference between good and bad lactation support people.
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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 2:01pm

Obviously,

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 2:12pm

If one is going to mention that doctors and nurses are not necessarily good sources of breastfeeding information, then I think it is a good idea to mention where to find good information.

I am fairly certain that IBCLCs have required training

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 2:42pm
nisupulla wrote:

Believe it or not, when I was breastfeeding, there were articles about how to "toughen up" the nipples before birth. Fortunately, that kind of advice is rare these days.

I was told that, as a red-head, I was guaranteed to have sore nipples and they said to use a hairbrush on my nipples to toughen them up!

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