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Old 02-08-08, 05:58 PM
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i nursed my first two within 30 minutes of giving birth. that was after the placenta was delivered and they were cleaned up. i put them to my breast, the baby would give a few licks and then latch on. my first only sucked for about 15 minutes or so, but my second had to be unlatched so i could be checked again before going to my room.
my third needed oxygen after birth so i didn't get him for more than an hour after birth. i asked for him a couple of times.
he also did the lick and latch, and nursed for about 30 minutes.

i don't have an opinion about it either way, i have had wonderful nursing relationships with my babies (though i really had to fight for the first one; it's hard when you don't know what you're doing!) but i don't know if nursing right after birth had anything to do with them or not. good luck!!
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Old 02-09-08, 03:55 AM
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we advise our pt's to nurse within the first hour-two hours only because babies go into a "natural" sleepy state for 24 hrs or so after the first 2-3 hrs of birth...

you'll do fine, do what feels more normal to you...
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Old 02-09-08, 02:03 PM
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I think the main reason they recommend it is what Brandi said. Babies are in the "quiet alert" mode for an hour or two after the birth. I nursed Marek within an hour of his birth, maybe less. Try not to be embarrassed - nurses see boobs (and lots more) all the time, and that's what they're for
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Old 02-13-08, 08:32 AM
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Thanks everyone!!

Rudi - I don't know if it's the whole nurse seeing my boob thing. By the time I was done giving birth I didn't feel like any part of me was private anymore.
I think it's the whole commotion and the bunch of people all crammed into one room. I know for me that was really overwhelming.
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