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Old 02-08-08, 08:41 AM
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Question Nursing right after birth?

After I had Cora everything honestly is one big blur! I remember what happened, just not when or in what order.
I know I didn't nurse her right away - I didn't even think about it and none of the nurses mentioned it. I think it was the fact that she was SCREAMING her head off, even when they took her to the nursery. I don't know when I finally was able to feed her - maybe 3 hours after she was born or something like that.

So I was just wondering - is it really normal to nurse right after birth? I've heard it's very important, but for some reason I feel so weird and akward about doing it.
I'm guessing it's all the nurses and that hectic feeling from so much going on. I just feel weird trying to nurse for the first time in front of so many people (especially since I really don't have a clue what I'm doing)
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Old 02-08-08, 08:47 AM
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I think at the hospital I'm going to they encourage it within the first hour, although you can push to do it right away if you want to.

I'm adopting a wait and see attitude on this one. Depends on how things go, I guess...
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The reason that "they" say it is important is so the baby can latch and breastfeed easier. For some reason studies have shown that babies that are allowed to feed soon after birth do better at bf than thos that are made to wait.
I would say you should do whatever makes you comfortable. If you want to nurse right after birth, make sure that the l&d nurses know so they can help you with it.
I didn't even get to meey Erin until about 4 or 5 hours after she was born since I was totally out for her birth and didn't wake up until hours later. We are doing fine with breastfeeding so far (3 months later)
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I had c-sections and nursed both babies while in recovery..
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I dont remember either how long it was but I had GD and so they had to check DS blood sugar and since it was low they said they had to feed him formula to get it back up. but I was nursing within the first 5 hours and he never had formula again once we got home.
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