I'm trying to breastfeed my son of 2 and a half wks, but I had extensive reduction surgery about 7 years ago. He was born a few wks early, and was having a problem nursing, with latching on and sucking he would fall asleep. My lactation consultant told me that problems with sucking and latching are very common for early babies, especially boys. I've tried using a SNS(for suplementing on the breast) and a nipple shields, but he still would nurse for very long. So after every feeding I would bottle feed and then pump for 15 to 20 min. It was too exhausting for me, so I've been exclusively pumping for about a week. I will pump every 2 to 3 hours around the clock. I was only pumping 1 oz, but now I get about 1.5 to 2 oz.
I'm wondering what techniques do you have to help me wean him from bottle feeding, when should I try, Should I use the SNS? And any other advice you might have.
Answer by Ati_13 at 8:56 PM on May. 1, 2009
Answer by laurenregister at 8:59 PM on May. 1, 2009
Answer by laurenregister at 9:02 PM on May. 1, 2009
Answer by apexmommy at 9:59 PM on May. 1, 2009
Lot s of skin to skin contact. Get in bed with baby with your shirt off, baby in only a diaper. Let him sleep on your bare chest and see is he starts to scootch down to your breast and start to bob his head to try ad latch on. Watch for any signs that he night latch on.
Another thing to try is give him about 80% of what he usually takes from the bottle and then try and get him to finish his feeding at the breast. There is a website all about breastfeeding after surgery at bfar.org
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:22 PM on May. 1, 2009