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Real Parents: Infant Feeding


We had decided ahead of time, based on information we had read and heard, that we would want to breastfeed exclusively.

I’m a firm believer in breastfeeding, as long as the mother can.

Such a helpful thing was the lactation consultants because they had them at the hospital.

She came in and showed me different ways to hold him and different ways to do it. And then he picked it up right away and I’ve had no problems with him ever since.

They said, “Go ahead and try to start breastfeeding,” which I had no idea what I was doing on the first one.

The important part is learning to get the baby latched on correctly so that it doesn’t hurt.

He latched on perfectly; it was not a problem at all.

I had read that if the parents have allergies, the kids are likely to get them; that breastfeeding can really help with preventing the allergies.

Breast milk is a perfect food that grows up with him. It’s different the first few days than it is a month later, than it is at six months.

So it was something that I was interested in for both a health thing, as well as a money thing, because it’s a heck of a lot cheaper.

It turned out that she couldn’t breast feed. She was allergic to milk, and so she ended up on a highly specialized diet. And so no matter how much we planned, it just didn’t go that way.

Breastfeeding was very difficult in the beginning. We didn’t have any problems with latching or any kind of physical problems. It just is very painful.

With Kye, I was only able to take work off for two months. So after the second month, I breastfed when I was home and I pumped when I was away.

It just kind of gets better, and it’s totally fine and very convenient for you and baby.

Be patient. Don’t give up. It is a process, like trying to ride a bike.

Breastfeeding is absolutely worth the initial discomfort.