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I did not settle in to breast feeding until we were home and fumbled through ourselves. I’m interested to know other people’s stories.

Posted by mom107723, 31st March 2015

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  • It’s amazing how different everyone’s experience is.

  • Yeah – they tried earnestly to help but weren’t much use. And to be honest, they gave such contradictory advice about everything else that after a while it was hard to give them much credibility.

  • For me, giving birth was not so bad compared to what came next …. breastfeeding! My baby and I struggled and the nurses (lots of them) kept encouraging me to keep going. After almost an extra week in hospital just trying to get the breastfeeding to work, even the nurses gave up and encouraged me to move onto formula. I was disappointed the breastfeeding didn’t work, but I’m grateful for the encouragement and help they gave me.

  • No I wasn’t. With my first I had to chose not to breastfeed due to her prematurity and they and the Gp were really supportive. And when I did breastfeed by my other ones they were supporting me but not in a pushy way.

  • Absolutely!
    With my first child, I had one nurse in particular who was awful. I struggled with breastfeeding first time around and really wanted support and only felt judged. I ended up with a C-Section and was feeling pretty sore and she told me to get on with it, that she had birthed twins naturally and I had nothing to complain about. I asked her to help me with latching and she quite roughly grabbed my daughter around the neck and forced her towards my chest. I yelled at her to get out of my room and leave me alone. Once shift change, we had another nurse who was quite patient but still very forceful when it came to breast is best and to not consider formula. I went home from hospital feeling very deflated and guilty. My daughter ended up being formula fed.
    Second baby, I told the nurses from the outset, that I wanted support and not judgment and was actually given some respect. I successfully breastfed my son.

  • I had no problems at all, my bubs were naturals. I found my midwives to be incredibly patient, helpful and taught me a lot. They were great

  • Absolutely!!! I had always wanted to Breastfeed but I could never provide much milk and neither of my bubs latched properly (despite the help of numerous lactation consultants both times). But despite trying my hardest and many tears, the midwives still made me feel like a failure. In hindsight I was almost post-natal because of it. Do what’s best for your bub, what your body will physically let you, and whatever is best for your mental health.

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