08-03-2013 11:32 AM
I second Tammy's "relax". However, I found that extremely difficult to do right after birth, and then nurses telling you its done this way, or that, then that they arent getting enough, and shes "starving".
My best thing was BOPPY PILLOW!! some women hate them, some love them..for me, it was my saving grace! I was sore in my back, arms, neck, and etc when I was beginning breastfeeding, so it was difficult to learn how to "properly hold" and get a "proper latch" when i could barely keep my arms up without pain! I forgot my boppy pillow when my water broke and we headed to the hospital, but as soon as I got home, I used it, and BAM. I got a perfect latch, and it was so much easier on my neck, back, arms, and shoulders!!
Lanolin cream.. or even lanolin free creams are great too.
and while I couldnt believe everyones "oh it gets easier with time" at first, it DID get easier. within a few weeks, you'll be a pro. You may not be able to take the trash out and balance a breastfeeding baby, but you will be able to walk around, talk on the phone, etc.
09-21-2013 02:42 PM
07-26-2014 04:46 AM
3 weeks ago
I am a new parent and had to have a c-section with my daughter. The staff did assist me with breastfeeding, but never suggested laying down to do it. Infact, no one mentioned it to me. I just tried it one day while I was laying down and it felt so natural. I later learned of the position, but really wish I was aware of it earlier. I struggled with other postions becasue of the surgery and this reduced pressure to my stomach. Also, my daughter was 20'1/4" at birth and I am only 5'2". My arms are short and I found it to be very difficult to get comfortable. Lay on your side with the baby facing you also on their side. Position their head so it is alligned with your nipple. Then, when you are both in a good position, gently slide their head to you. Sometimes I lay on my side with nothing, other times with a pillow under my head, and others propping my head up with my elbowl while resting my head on my hand.