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For those of you that Breastfed...

HOW WAS IT? I plan on breastfeeding once my son is born, I'm just concerned that what if he doen'st latch on to me. My baby's dad makes me laugh, I'm sitting here really wondering "what if this" and "what if that" and his response is, "I know my son, that's my son and he's gonna suck on your *******!" I'm like thanks....lol but still I wanted to know more about other women's experience was it harder or easier than you thought, and for how long and how your baby handled being breastfed. Just curious as I am 11days away from my due date!! Thanks ladies!
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i still breastfed my son. it doesnt hurt. honestly as sick as it sounds it feels like a guy would if he were sucking on you during sex or something.

they have breastfeeding classes and lactation nurses that help you after you have your son
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It only hurts when they latch on wrong and you'll figure that out really fast.  Also when you first start you need to make sure you don't tense up, if you do the milk won't let down like it is supposed to.  Just try and stay as relaxed as possible, for both and baby. They can and will read your vibes, if your nervous they will act out.  But it is alot easier than I thought originally.  
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Ok, people are going to tell you it doesn't hurt blah balh.  Fortunately for THEM they were part of the lucky group who "gets it" easily.  I tried extremely hard to BF my youngest two.  BUT unknown to me before hand....I have one inverted nipple and a family history of problems with milk production.  That caused problems in addition to the fact that I have extremely large areolas and we had lots of latching problems.  My nipples were sore, cracked and bleeding and sometimes it hurt so bad I cried the whole time.  With that said I don't want to SCARE you, I want to PREPARE you.  Start NOW by applying lanolin to your nipples to condition them.  If you havne't already take a breastfeeding class.  Meet with a lactation consultant NOW who can help you prepare BEFORE the baby gets here.  Arrange to have meetings with her AFTER as well in order to follow your progress and make sure things are going smoothly.  Don't just assume it comes naturally becuase it doesn't for everyone.  
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Oooo, see that's another concern for me, I dunno it's kind of embarassing but there's times where i don't enjoy my babys dad sucking on my breasts, sometimes it just doesn't feel right and I literally push him away. I feel real bad doing it because I don't want that to happen with my son...that's another reason why I've been kind of worried...I just don't want to feel uncomfortable because literally there's times where I'm intimate with my babys dad and I just can't stand it, and there's times where I love it...I dunno...

by the way how many months is your son?
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I've been leaking milk since going on 7 months, now it literally runs down my breasts ALOT! Does that mean I will have a good supply of milk?
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the feeling of breastfeeding and the sexually feelings are COMPLETELY different.  Once you see how content he is suckling you come to enjoy it....not in a sick way...but in the way that you are caring for your child and making them happy.  You enjoy the closeness.  That's what kept me pushing through even with all the issues I had.  I manage to mostly breastfeed my youngest two until they were each about 5 months old.  Unfortunately with the problems with milk production I did have to supplement with formula but we held on as long as we could.  I plan to try again this time as well.  
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i gues it is different but im mean its not as hard. i personally dont get turned on by the sexual feeling....to me it feels kinda the same but not nearly as rough at the very begining he use to like eat very very hard. like he was starving! but he would calm down after a min or two.

my sons 3 months
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I agree with LosingMyMindInGa.  It is a completely different feeling.  There is nothing remotely sexual about it in how it feels.  And even if they are latching on correctly, it may still hurt for a little while.  I had the dried cracked nipples also.  I also have inverted nipples and large areolas, but was able to successfully breastfeed all 5 of my kids.  I have heard that for some reason, the more fare complected you are, that the more sensitive the breasts are.  So the more fare you are, it may hurt you more at first.  I don't know why.  And I don't know how much truth there is to that.  All I know is that I am fare and it does hurt when I start (unless I have 2 babies very close together).  My first and 2nd daughter were very close in age, so with my 2nd daughter it didn't hurt at all.  I guess my nipples were still pretty tough from my first daughter.  There will be a lactation nurse that will help you in the hospital.  They will ask you that question when you are in labor, so they will know what your plans are when the baby is born.  Good luck!!!!
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its the same concept. of sucking on a nipple i never said its a sexual feeling. they have shells you can use to help with nipple problems. sometimes when he does feed tho i feel sharp shooting painss.
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Yeah, I plan on breastfeeding till about 3 months, hopefully it'll last that long. One of my co-workers breastfed till her daughter was 1 and a half, that's a long time and I don't have anything against it, but wow! But I dunno me personally, once that baby grows teeth I'm not sticking anything sensitive in his mouth lol.

I haven't bought any formula for the baby for the "just in case" purpose. I want to but my baby's dad says we won't need it, I just...you can never be too sure. Wouldn't it be safe just to have  a can of formula "just in case"? What do you think ladies?
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one thing. when i came home from the hospital i was in a lot of pain beacause of my breast. my milk was comming in and it was filling up quicker than he was nursing so i was swollen most of the time. and i got a handhelp pump which helped but then they filled right bakc up. i was leaking EVERYWHERE it seemed. and to me it feels kinda same as a guy physically. its not horrible horrible pain that everyone seems to describe it as. you dont get aroused at all. i guess maybe the guys that have done it in the past dont do it right but, right after he was born it felt like werid but now that hes 3 months old i dont really think anything of it. it doesnt hurt or is bothersome.

i would invest in a pump even if its a handheld for sometimes. but you will really want one after you come home from the hospital!
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we have formula for him. hes on breast milk 95% if of the time but sometimes its just not convient. whenever i go out with him i carry formula. we have the ready to eat kind. even if you just get a powderd kind you will prob want it in the middle of the night or something. my hospital gave us a lot of stuff. plus simalic got our address (either from the maternity store or babies ru or something ) but they sent us 2 powderd tubs a month before his duedate
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Okay another question, which formula do i get? Or is that something I have to wait till my son is born and the doctor recommends what kind to get. But I mean in the meantime what formula should i use, I know theres ones with iron and vitamins and what not so I'm a bit confused on that as well. I know every babies are different, I'm gonna do a lil bit of research on it too.
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his doctor never recomend any type of formula because hes mostly breastfed (even tho i think im going to start pumping only) but at the hospital they have little bottles of simalic. we used it when we got home a bit but he was ALWAYS spitting up. so we got the similac soy kind. and it really helped. he doesnt really spit up much and when he has breastmilk he doesnt spit up at all.
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The hospital will probably send you home with some formula.  I used Enfamil with my first 4, but with this last one, I used Similac Advanced.  My pediatrican gave me some with my very first visit.  She'd give me a can each time, so by the time I needed it, I had a pretty good stock of it.  I liked that one a lot.  I recommend that one.
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I had a really bad experience when i breastfed my daughter. she would not latch on properly. i had several lactation nurses come to my house for followups.... and still we couldnt get my daughter to change they way she sucked. my nipples looked like raw hambuger meat. they were so red and bled all the time. i cried and cried i was in so much pain. i was really upset because i really wanted to breastfeed... i tried for almost 3 months with and without a nipple shield... and finally the doc said to bottle feed.
i am really hoping that this time around it will be different. i'd love to breastfeed. im hoping things go well this time.
good luck to you.
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