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OnSugar Blog: A Novice's Advice For Breastfeeding

Lots of moms like to think out loud and CherylDee is one of them. Here is an excerpt from her latest post to From Lipsticks to Baby Bottles.

As the title suggests, (breastfeeding) is what I'd like to talk about. While still admitted at the hospital, the nurses and the breastfeeding expert helped so much with getting Kiara to latch on. And I didn't pay close enough attention, so when we finally were able to go back home, I could not get Kiara to latch on right at all! Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing and may come naturally to some, and not so for others. I remember watching YouTube videos nonstop on how to get your baby to latch on right, how they'd teach you the C-hold grip etc, but I just couldn't get it right. I used to cry because I'd see her cry when she was hungry and I was unable to feed her. Made me feel so useless and guilty. And maybe I did not persevere enough, so we let Kiara take formula milk too.

After a week of trying and failing, we called the hospital and were told that we could get a 1-on-1 class with a breastfeeding expert and we immediately booked a slot for ourselves, Sham came along too so that he'd understand and remember things should I forget some. That was the best decision ever! Signing up for the class definitely saved us. No amount of watching YouTube videos would have made me understand it as that class did for me. Fonnie, the BF expert, helped me understand how exactly to hold my child and the different types of positions (lying down, cradle hold and football hold), how to properly hold my breast (so that your nipple is facing upward to your child's nose etc) properly so as to ensure proper latching, how to deal with engorged breasts, sore and cracked nipples etc. The class was such a lifesaver!

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