Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Learning to use my boobs


I had hoped the breastfeeding class would give me advice on gear I’d need. The only thing it did was calm my fears a bit about breastfeeding and showed me proper nipple placement. I guess that’s better than nothing.

Hubby and I went to the class with a pro-breastfeeding attitude. Heck, that’s why we signed up for the class. I’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback for my choice but I did receive a negative vibe from a close family member which has been haunting me. Don’t you love how one response from a person can throw you for a loop? I wish I wasn’t like that.

Anywho, we went to the class with the hopes of receiving information on how partners can participate in feedings and bonding. We didn’t get too much information about that and when my husband suggested pumping and doing a feeding to allow me to sleep after 4 weeks, the teacher seemed a bit against the idea. In fact, I felt as if she felt like she had to take the defensive with us which left me feeling a bit off.

We weren’t saying not to breastfeed. My husband wanted to assist with feedings and bonding other than changing diapers and burping. After we’ve adjusted a bit and started a semi-schedule, he merely suggested assisting with a 3am feeding.

I guess we’ll play it by ear and see how it goes.

My husband was pretty attentive which I appreciated. With the pregnancy brain in full force, it’s hard to remember everything.

The one big thing I left the class with was that I know I can do this. I’m not so apprehensive. I know my body is capable of doing this and it will just take getting used to. This is new to my baby and me. She’s used to getting her meals from the umbilical cord. Now she’s got to work for it.

I’ve narrowed down the items I need and from the suggestions from friends I’m not going to buy a nursing bra until after my milk comes in. Instead I will getting nursing camisoles. That way I won’t spend moola on bras that don’t fit or aren’t comfortable.

I have to pick up some nursing pads too. I have the Lansinoh which is supposed to be safe for babies.

Oh and I’ve decided we should try the Dr. Brown’s Polypropylene bottles. They reduce gas and most moms are happy with them. Only problem is they only come in the 8 oz bottles. I wish they’d come out with the smaller ones already. We are going to try to stick with the breast for a while but eventually a bottle should be introduced. Maybe in a few months 4 oz bottles will be available.