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Latching and milk supply problems please help! *ETA*

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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I am losing my milk supply and I can't get my son to latch on because of nipple preference. What can I do to help get my milk back an how can I help my son latch on?

I know pump every 2 hours but how long for each side? And where do I find the time with my school work since I have to do my school work when ds is asleep. 

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I'm so glad you found your way over here, Rose! ['m linking your post from the answers section, and providing some additional info that will be needed to help you.

"The lactation specialist at the hospital said I have very good nipples for breastfeeding. I had an emergency c-section and didn't get to even see my son till he was 2 hours old due to fluid in his lungs. We could only visit him and they fed him formula because they said it was for the best for me since I was extremely drugged. I tried to breastfeed him every day that I was there (which was 3 days) and he just couldn't latch. We got him to latch only one time to feed at the hospital and twice when I was finally home."

Let me first observe your hospital did everything they could to sabotage you. There was no reason you couldn't have had baby on the breast, even with the meds.

I know your baby is one month old, too.



gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:48 PM

You need hands n assistance with the latch. http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3432  Find an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant through that link. If the LC you saw before is NOT on that list, then don't go back. It's like seeing a nurse in training to get a brain tumor removed.

For your supply: ON the pump every two hours around the clock. Doesn't matter what you get. Every two hours.

Please see our resources sticky for tons of info on how to increase supply and how to get baby to latch.

midgeend
by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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Just wanted to say to keep up the good work!   Definitely see an LC, and the pumping for sure!!   You can also use things like Mother's Milk Tea, and fenugreek to help boost milk supply.  Make sure you are eating and drinking enough water.   Good Luck!!! 

RoseDryer
by Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I'm having trouble with having time to pump. When I'm not taking care of him I'm doing my school work. How do I make time? Also he doesn't like to sleep sometimes.

RoseDryer
by Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:09 PM

BUMP!

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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Not liking to sleep is normal. Sleep is boring! **grin**

Pump while doing your school work. One handed. I used to pump one handed with an Avent Isis while working in my home office. Pump while reading your textbooks or researching online.

Also check out hands-free pumping bras. 

Quoting RoseDryer:

I'm having trouble with having time to pump. When I'm not taking care of him I'm doing my school work. How do I make time? Also he doesn't like to sleep sometimes.


MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Sep. 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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Find an old sports bra that you don't care about and cut slits just big enough for the horns of your pump. No need to spend 20-40 bucks on one :)


Quoting gdiamante:

Not liking to sleep is normal. Sleep is boring! **grin**

Pump while doing your school work. One handed. I used to pump one handed with an Avent Isis while working in my home office. Pump while reading your textbooks or researching online.

Also check out hands-free pumping bras. 

Quoting RoseDryer:

I'm having trouble with having time to pump. When I'm not taking care of him I'm doing my school work. How do I make time? Also he doesn't like to sleep sometimes.



Steph_G.
by Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM


I agree with this. I actually bought a bra with the holes cut in it, but it so much easier to pump with the bra on then having to hold the cups. I really wish I would have done this with my first one. You can just hook yourself up and then start working on a computer or reading a book and completely forget about the pumping. 

Quoting MommyO2-6631:

Find an old sports bra that you don't care about and cut slits just big enough for the horns of your pump. No need to spend 20-40 bucks on one :)


Quoting gdiamante:

Not liking to sleep is normal. Sleep is boring! **grin**

Pump while doing your school work. One handed. I used to pump one handed with an Avent Isis while working in my home office. Pump while reading your textbooks or researching online.

Also check out hands-free pumping bras. 

Quoting RoseDryer:

I'm having trouble with having time to pump. When I'm not taking care of him I'm doing my school work. How do I make time? Also he doesn't like to sleep sometimes.





gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Take no more than 15 minutes TOTAL for your pumping sessions.

RoseDryer
by Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM


I can't do both at the same time though the stimulation is just too strong for me to handle.

Quoting gdiamante:

Take no more than 15 minutes TOTAL for your pumping sessions.



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