C.W. asks from Lisle, IL on August 04, 2008
Do You Have to Pay for a Lactation Consultant?
I am so excited to try and breastfeed my second baby. I gave up way to early with my first one. I feel that no one really encouraged me and I was scared being a first time mommy that she'd starve, so we gave her a bottle and never tried again. But I have so many questions this time, and I feel I will only have a ton more after I start with my new little guy.
What I'd like to know now is....what do I need before I even get to the hospital? If he doesn't latch on properly, should I just pump? And will I most definitly need a lactation consultant? And will I have to pay for her? I am hoping that this decision will work for me and will save us $$$. Also I have implants, I have read that won't make a difference, but I felt like that is why our first didn't latch on( My tottie's were HUGE):). ANy advice would be wonderful. Thanks Ladies!!
L.M. answers from Fort Myers on August 05, 2008
You can pay a lactation consultant, but it is much easier to go to the La Leche League (link below) and just talk. They will be able to show you how a child is supposed to latch on correctly and you might meet someone who would willing to help if something went wrong in the breastfeeding department.
J.P. answers from Fort Myers on August 05, 2008
I delivered at Cape Hospital in 2004 and there was a lactation consultant (actually 2) on staff that I didn't pay for the assistance of. Call the hospital you're planning to deliver at to make sure they have one on staff. It would make sense that a hospital with maternity services offers lactation consulting.
I had a pretty rough time breastfeeding my daughter, too. I didn't find that pumping accomplished a whole lot in the beginning, but it did also seem that my daughter was hungrier than my body was able to provide for during the first week to 10 days of nursing. In the hospital and for a few days at home, (I had an emergency c section) we supplemented my breast milk with small amounts of formula given to her in a syringe instead of a bottle so as not to cause the dreaded "nipple confusion", but she wasn't suffering from being hungry all the time, either.
It may be pretty uncomfortable at first, but let your baby nurse as frequently as possible during the first 2 weeks. Every 2.5 to 3 hours 'round the clock is not out of the question. If you find you're really getting sore, definitely try using Lansinoh (that lanolin stuff) on your nipples coupled with warm compresses. Then, your body will know you've got a really hungry kid. and it will produce as much milk as your son seems to be asking for. Then, when you're making more than he can consume, you can pump that out and freeze it. For whatever reason, pumping doesn't encourage milk production, but actual nursing does.
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L.G. answers from Tampa on August 04, 2008
I did go to see an LC, but I had problems breastfeeding. At which hospital are delivering? Bayfront and St. Pete. General have LCs on staff.
If you have WIC, you can go see the LC there for free.
I found that the pump isn't as good as the baby at getting out the milk. I think putting the baby to the breast is important. If you're engorged, pumping a bit first then putting the baby to the breast can help. In the hospital, nurses should be able to help if the LC isn't on duty.
Good luck! There are some great online resources for nursing moms: breastfeeding.com has a support message board. And kellymom.com has great breastfeeding info. You can also find a nearby La Leche League for support.
J.S. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
I don't know how it works here, but if you are having trouble with your new baby, DEFINITELY look into it! I've never had to pay, but we are military, and I think our insurance covers it. I had lots of trouble with my kids, too...and I was huge as well! The root of the problem seemed to be that my nipple was so big that their mouths were too small initially to latch on to the nipple AND areola, so they weren't getting enough, and it was painful. Don't be discouraged, though! My first I just muddled through the pain, my second I gave up and pumped for 3 weeks, then tried nursing again and she went right back to it. My 3rd never got the hang of it (I pumped for 6 months for her) and my 4th was just like my 2nd. I was elated that they would go back to nursing after getting pumped bottles for 3 weeks - I thought it was a lost cause. Good luck!
E.N. answers from Chicago on August 10, 2008
You should contact your local La Leche League Leader - they are members of an organization dedicated to the art of breastfeeding. I just spoke with one the other day - Heidi - in Clearwater - regarding the risks or benefits of taking aspirin for a pulled shoulder muscle while nursing my son. She was incredibly kind, attentive, helpful, and sweet. They have regular monthly meetings, and to my knowledge their consult is completely free.
J.L. answers from Tampa on August 04, 2008
You shouldn't really need anything to bring to the hospital. One of the many nice things about breastfeeding is that it's incredibly simple. Most hospitals have lactation consultants that you don't need to pay for. I delivered at St. Joseph's Women's in Tampa, and went back to the lactation consultants several times in the first few weeks, and no one asked me for a dime. They were incredibly helpful. Plan to ask for a visit while you're still in the hospital - they'll talk to you about positions and give you tips for latching. St. Joe's also had a one-evening breastfeeding class that answered a lot of my questions before delivery - you might want to check if something like that is available for you.
K.M. answers from Tampa on August 05, 2008
It looks like you definitely got great advice. I just want to encouage you and let you know that you can do it. I had an awful time with my son who is now 3 months old. He still fusses sometimes, but we are going strong. I had to pump and use a nipple shield for a few weeks, but I PROMISE it gets easier. After the 4th week it was like all of the difficulties never happened. Good luck and just post on here if you need encouragment. These ladies are great and so helpful.
N.H. answers from Tampa on August 05, 2008
I think it is wonderful that you have decided to breastfeed. My nurse practioner that delivered my baby (in Pensacola) was a lactation consultant so I didn't use one, but I think they are free and provided as a service by individual hospitals. I took a class at my hospital. It was one day and 3-4 hours. There is a lot to know. If you don't have any of these resources. Read the breastfeeding section in "What to Expect When you are Expecting." I basically stayed naked for a few days until I got the hang of it, but it was my first and only me and my husband around for the first few days. Good luck!!
S.M. answers from Tampa on August 05, 2008
There is a free Nursing Moms Support group that meets at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater the first and third Friday of every month. We meet on the 2nd floor of Sarah Walker Women's Center. It's a great time for new mommies to meet and talk about nursing questions. There is also an awesome Lacataion consultant at that hospital named Lucille Harrington. I couldn't have made it these past 15 months nursing my son without her. She is amazing. A consultation with her is free.
Hope this helps and many blessing to you on your new little one. Mommy's milk is best!