Posted by: christinem75
dene75, I have gone private this time and the hospital I am giving birth at has quite a number of lactation consultants and I plan on taking advantage of that service!!! After 3 babies I have never been shown or given advice on how to breast feed and that is why I believe I failed. I am so determined this time!!! I really really want to BF and I don't want to give up so soon. Thanks for your advice. I think I will apply the cream after every feed to keep my nipples in good condition.
Btw, I was born and bred in Canberra and moved to Qld when I was 15... I miss it....
I lived in Canberra for 20yrs. Guess where we moved to? yep Brisbane in 2004! Its such a small world.
My boys were born at Calvary hosp as was my DH.
Don't look at not being able to BF as failing, you tried your best, it was an experience and you have learned from it. I tried feeding my DS1 but only did it for 4wks and I had to stop to go on medication I couldn't BF on. But like you I was so determined to BF DS2. I was very blessed I was able to for so long. He weened himself off BF, I felt so rejected when he did :0( I think your a very wise women to get advice.
One of the other ladies, Nic repied about seeing a lactation consultant before having bub, this is a great Idea too. I did this with DS1 and found it helpful as well. Totally up to you which way you go either before or after or both. There's no reason you couldn't go before and after. Go before to learn about how your breasts wrk & some latching on techniques and then when you have bub to iron out any little probs you might come across and just to have someone else say 'yes your doing everything right, good job'. Praise goes a long way!
Wishing you all the best with BF.