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Name: raam
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Okay, I attempted to breastfeed my first child. He did not latch on, so I pumped and pumped wanting to give him the best. But at about a month of age, I got sooo sore. I was actually expressing blood when I pumped. Had a 104 fever. And barely remember weeks 3-5 of my sons life. My husband would drop baby and myself off at my parents house when he went to work, just in case something happened. Because this was such a horrible situation in what was supose to be such a magical time, I am torn between whether to breastfeed our next. I am not pregnant, yet. But we are working on it. But this is one of the most important questions I am asking myself. I have heard that each child is different with the breastfeeding experience. Is it normal for me to be hesitant about breastfeeding the baby #2 after experiencing all that I did? I know breastmilk is best, but a child needs a mommy who can care for them also. Any advice from those who are or who have breastfed, would be appreciated.
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Name: Melissa | Date: Aug 25th, 2006 2:16 PM
once you become preg. i would suggest seeing a lactation consultant. your local hospital or health dept. should have one or know how to get a hold of one. they can help you with your latch and also anything else you need. yes you are right every baby is different. from what it sounds like is you had a mastitis. which is a bad infection in your milk ducts. this happens when they don't get emptied all the way. breast pumps can't get as much milk out of your breasts as babies do so this somtimes happens when you just pump. i would really encourage you do try again. if it doesn't work out then it is ok but at least you tried. you gave your first child the best start possible so please do the same for you others(do be). even if you only breastfeed for a few weeks then your still giving them antibodies that they can't get anywhere else. hope this helps some and good luck with everything! 

Name: momof3 | Date: Aug 25th, 2006 3:37 PM
I know that my two girls where very different! I nursed my oldest girl for 6 months with no problems. When my little one was born, we had problems getting her to latch on, and when she finally got the hang of it, she would nurse for 5 minutes, and stop and then want to nurse again 45 minutes later, and she cried and cried. FOr one weekend I pumped and gave her formula and she had no problems with the formula at first. But she had acid reflux and that was the problem, but she didn't take to nursing like her older sister did. 

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