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    #16
    thank you for sharing your experience I'm SO nervous

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      #17
      Talk about the issue of milk production with your OB now. Are you attending child birth education classes? This should include a group session with a lactation specialist, and you can ask then if you need to meet with them before delivery, or if doing it after delivery is sufficient in your case.

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      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #18
        Hello All, I will share my quad pregnancy and birth experience. First a little about how I came to enter quadville. I was 22 in 1975 out on a date, we crashed the car and presto new quad: me. Eight years later at age 30 I became pregnant by the typical manner. Doctor Murphy said "You should be ok...we will just keep a good watch on things". This is then 1983. At my appointments Doc would pick me up out of my chair and we got on the scales together. Sweet huh? He was a very sweet and kind man. No morning sickness or any complications I just developed a pot belly. When I was full term Doc said meet me at the hospital friday and we will induce labor. He broke my water started meds to bring labor. I dialated the needed (10?)cms and my body and I pushed out a 6lb 7 1/2oz baby boy (William Thomas) healthy and he took to the breast right away. Three days later we were home and I began caring for an infant. 32 years later he's a healthy young man and now I not only a mother but grandmother as well. If you did not notice above, I stated that "I" began caring for an infant and not "we". That's another story. If anyone has any questions as to how I was able to do this like any "How did you bath him" questions, I will try to help.

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          #19
          I agree with SCINurse. Talk to a lacation consultant as soon as possible, just to prepare you for what you will need to do. I was very naive in the sense that I thought all babies just breastfed easily and naturally. I never imagined how much WORK went into it, and how hard it would be for me to produce milk. I eventually had to stop at 3 months because it just wasn't working at ALL for me or for my baby.

          Personally, the frustration and stress that came from not knowing what I was doing when it came to breastfeeding outweighed the newborn exhaustion times ten. Educate yourself and prepare. It's hard but worth it.
          If there is light
          it will find
          you

          --Charles Bukowski

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            #20
            I went to a few la Leche meetings during pregnancy but didn't find them helpful. Just remember that at least 25% of women have difficulty breastfeeding for one reason or another. It is not as easy as we are led to believe for many people. If you really want it, give it a little more time than you think you can bare. Also know that all babies lose a little weight after birth.
            "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

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