Just popping back with some early advice for my sister girls. I'll add more advice as I get it :wave: 1. This is for the ladies who want an epidural. Contemplate the fact that there are a lot of things you will not feel. I absolutely begged for one, was told to wait and see how it goes, and am bloody glad I did. The best coping device is breathing and mastering the 'cow' moan, which is preferable to screaming as screaming actually makes things hurt more due to adrenalin. You will feel a contraction building up, and it is best to start the moaning at a sound that is equivalent to the pain (ahh...Ahh..AHh...AHHH etc). Remember there is other pain relief, and even though it made me vomit, G&A is amazing. 2. Don't let anyone fool you, breast feeding may be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Not saying this to put you off, and I say that if you atleast get your 3 days of colostrum/transitional milk you are doing well, but have no doubt that you are in for a lot of effort! Some babies latch well to begin with, my LO did not and as a result I have a blister on my right nipple, I have to hand express out of it, tried feeding her with it once and ended up balling my eyes out. Do not be afraid to ask for help, you are not a failure if your baby won't behave, you are both new to this and you cannot be expected to know exactly what to do. Buy nipple cream and start massaging and toughening your nipples now! 3. That thing called sleep? Lets just erase it from the memory bank, k? but really, you do get sleep, but not much. The first 2 days are by far the hardest, with day 2 being often half an hour feeds. 3rd day is normally cluster feeding and long sleeps so get yours when they are down for the count! 4. Want to cry? Go for it, nobody will think less of you and it makes you feel a lot better than keeping it in. 5. Try to clear your bowels asap after labor, your bladder does not need that extra pressure when it is trying to reform. 6. Breastfeeding causes your uterus to contract to normal size, quite often you will get pains very similar to early labor contractions and will have to remind yourself you already have the baby. Don't be afraid to ask for pain killers, you'll need them. That's about all I can think of for now. If you want to ask for any advice just leave it here, any questions welcome!