Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My first mom class

I titled this carefully so I wouldn't just blurt out "My first nursing class" but that is what I went to on Monday night. It is actually only a one night class but there are several support groups that I can attend to get further information once Kylie arrives. But anyway, I have to say I loved the class. It was so informative but the instructor did not take it to far. I learned so much about what to expect and how to help prevent certain not so fun things from occuring. After watching some of the videos during the class I can see how easy it is for things to go wrong or not as well as we moms would like when the hospital lactation consultants are not very good at there job (one girl in the class shared her previous experience with this). I know I am not giving much information but I figure most of you moms no what I am talking about and the rest of you would rather I not go into too much detail...especially via the blog. I would highly recommend a nursing class to anyone who is expecting and planning to nurse. I know nursing will not be easy even with the knowledge but I do feel calmer after being given all of this information up front. I feel like I won't be a failure if nursing does not work out for me or for the baby. There is so much pressure with nursing that it is easy for me to let it overwhelm me. God bless all of you who have given nursing a try and can share with the rest of us your good and bad experiences. I will let you know how things go in a few months:)

7 comments:

LB said...

oh man, we had a terrible nursing experience. Ada would not latch on no matter what we did. Even though this is my second time around, I think I am going to take a nursing class b/c I so want nursing to go well this time. My nurses and lactation consultants at the hospital were awful. I blame a lot of our problems on them. Anyway...I could talk about nursing issues forever. All of that to say, I hope things go well for you:)

Shealy said...

My one piece of advice...relax. I was so worried and wound up those first couple of days. It doesn't help anything to be tense. I would get so frustrated when Kate wouldn't do it and that just frustrated her. So, relax, be calm, and just know that y'all will get it :).

Christen said...

I agree with Shealy, relax and be patient. I took a nursing class before Luke and it was a huge help, unfortunately I wasn't able to nurse, but instead I pumped for 3 months so Luke was still able to have momma's milk for a little while. I hope that it goes smoothly for you!

Ashley said...

Yes. Jane (lactation consultant at CW) told me that you took her class! She said you mentioned that I would be in the hospital that night! Small world. She was really great and stopped by numerous times when we were there...she gave me lots of great hints and reassured me. I definitely wish I had taken her class pre baby...also, thank you for the sweet email...am getting back online slowly but surely!

LB said...

Laura, will you e-mail me? I can't find your e-mail address, and I would love to get those preggy pops from you. Thanks so much for offering!! The nurse called in a zofran prescription for me, so I am really hoping that will bring relief. Did you take that?

Lacey said...

Laura, just don't get bogged down in this. That's really the only advice I have. If you can't do it, you're not a bad mom, Kylie will be perfect no matter what! If it does work out, great! You're going to be a great mom either way, so don't let it get to you.

kpmantooth said...

Good for you for seeking out the knowledge. My mom told me again and again that she wouldn't have made it nursing without the support group she joined after I was born. I certainly think there is a balance...no need to stress. Lots of babies are healthy and happy on formula (Porter started at 4 mo), but I also think folks give up because it's hard or inconvenient. I even had a friend who had a full blown infection, let herself heal, got back at it and made it to a year. (She's a veterinarian...NO idea how she made that work with her crazy schedule.) I loved it...loved it more with each kid because by the third, that was the only guaranteed one-on-one time I had with him that no one could take away. (It's also a nice way to veg when you are exhausted! Yeah...if you do nurse and you wonder why you're tired b/c the baby is finally sleeping through the night...it's b/c you are working out 6-8+ times a day!) :) Just love the whole experience...don't fret about other folks' perceptions. Don't listen to our never ended advice...or all those blasted books! Each baby is different. :) Can't wait to see you this weekend!