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Taking forever to latch

Posted by on Jul. 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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My twins are 11 days old and these little guys take FOREVER to latch on! They will just mouth at the nipple or lick but it takes 10+ minutes to get them latched on. Once they're latched, the are great eaters. But it's frustrating that they won't just latch on & eat. They both do it too. Tandem nursing would be great at times but impossible until they quit this nonsense. Can anyone offer some insight on this?
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Precious333
by Group Admin - Julia on Jul. 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM
I would express a little of milk, that may help? Maybe they are trying to test how patient you.are? :P
Precious333
by Group Admin - Julia on Jul. 28, 2014 at 1:12 AM
Also. Are they sleepy? Could that be why they are taking their time to latch?
MusherMaggie
by Ruby Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 3:08 AM
They are still learning. Were they early? Any jaundice? You may need to undress them to their diapers and do skin-to-skin contact with them to stimulate them.
charity987
by Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM
No jaundice. They were born at 37w3d, so slightly early but not by much.

Quoting MusherMaggie: They are still learning. Were they early? Any jaundice? You may need to undress them to their diapers and do skin-to-skin contact with them to stimulate them.
charity987
by Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 6:18 AM
They don't seem to be sleepy. They've been doing this since Day 1. When they were doing it then, I assumed it was because they were new. Now I'm not so sure.

Quoting Precious333: Also. Are they sleepy? Could that be why they are taking their time to latch?
MusherMaggie
by Ruby Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM
12 days is still pretty new. How are their diaper counts?
charity987
by Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM
They are peeing & popping machines. lol. Once they latch on, we are good. The just take a long time to get latched. Last night one of them played around for nearly an hour. He, of course triggered let down so I was leaking milk all over the place while he just played around. I'm hoping it's just from being "new" & that this won't be our regular nursing experience.

Quoting MusherMaggie: 12 days is still pretty new. How are their diaper counts?
kajira
by Silver Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Just be patient. It will probably take a month or so - even if they weren't super early, 3 weeks before they hit term roughly from birth, so I would give it another couple of weeks before they really start acting like a big newborn would.

charity987
by Member on Jul. 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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I've been thinking that maybe their "earliness" has something to do with it.

Quoting kajira:

Just be patient. It will probably take a month or so - even if they weren't super early, 3 weeks before they hit term roughly from birth, so I would give it another couple of weeks before they really start acting like a big newborn would.

Precious333
by Group Admin - Julia on Jul. 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

 My fourth was a very mellow little thing, very different from my third, who was a leech! lol It could just be personallity. You may just need to keep offering and just be patient, keep track of diaper counts. I hope you have lots of help around the house :) If your help is limited just live off of easy quick foods and paper towels and paper plates for now :)

Quoting charity987: They don't seem to be sleepy. They've been doing this since Day 1. When they were doing it then, I assumed it was because they were new. Now I'm not so sure.
Quoting Precious333: Also. Are they sleepy? Could that be why they are taking their time to latch?

 

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