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breastfeeding/latching on question

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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I have been giving my baby breast milk since he has been born (he will be 2 weeks tomorrow) but out of the bottle because he was 5 weeks early and doctors/nurses wanted to make sure he got the right amount of milk so I had to pump. I have only got my son to breast "feed" twice which was at the hospital and I had help from nurse but now I can't get him to latch on. I have no idea what I am doing I never breast fed my daughter because I didn't know what I was doing and gave up before she even left the hospital but I'm doing good pumping for my son but I am getting fed up with pumping I really want to start actually "breastfeeding" so does anybody have any hints,tips or techniques to get him to latch on. I tried earlier and he just turned away but i know he is hungry because it was time for his feeding please somebody help!

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by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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peanutsmommy1
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:23 PM

 it sounds like he may have nipple confusion. I would check www.kellymom.com for info.

 

DelilahsMom4108
by Jeni on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Just have a lot of patience... my daughter had a hard time latching at first too. The lactation consultant told me to hold around the nipple and gently rub it on the babies mouth to kind of "tease" them.... usually it makes them interested.

ballewal
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Keep pumping and give your child breast milk from a bottle. If you get frustrated you're likely to give up, and this will make sure your child is getting your milk. 

I'm not going to summarize myself in a paragraph because I'm not the kind of mother you expect me to be. 

MamaCeleste0722
by Member on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

It soundslike nipple confusion. I had a similar experience, my twin boys were 6 weeks early and received a bottle. Unfortunately, one of my boys got nipple confusion. Fortunately, we were able to work through it and he latched.

A few things that helped him latch:

-Skin to skin. Baby in just a diaper, you with no shirt and and no bra. Put him on your chest.

-Pump to get letdown going. Once you get letdown going, then try to latch.

-Breast compressions

One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you feed him at the first signs of hunger (rooting, putting fist in his mouth). I noticed with my son, that if I waited too long (ie. crying), it made things really frustrating for him and me. And, also realize that he may not get it until his due date.

Good luck!





Loa1002
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:40 PM

when it is time to feed make sure you are comfortable...boppy, good chair etc...

be naked--i know crazy but be topless so nothing is in the way and let the baby be naked as possible for belly to belly contact.

Tickle his chin and when he opens his mouth bring him to your breast wide open.

It will take some time and patience but it will work out. Dont worry if it doesnt work the first time.

Also call a local lactation consultant.

GL-dont give up, you can do it. :-)

mommyof2grls06
by Gold Member on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:43 PM

What all those other ladies said and you should join the breastfeeding moms group on here.

People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available.  ~Chele Marmet

A proud Christian, Republican, Anti- Gay marriage, Natural childbirth having, Pro-Life for babies NOT convicts, Extended breastfeeding, Baby wearing, Attachment parenting, Extended Rear Facing and Extended Harnessing, ANTI- CIO, Co-sleeping, mommy to my 3 beautiful girls and wife to my Marine!

Proudmama2009
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Thanks! :-))

Normally I feed him when my boobs are engorged and need "emptied" lol so I don't think my letdown is the problem. It may be nipple confusion.. I know he did good the first couple times now it went down hill.. One night I got him to latch but he stoped sucking so I assumed he had enough he woke up 30 mins later screaming cuz he was hungry so I gave him a bottle of my pumped milk and he drank it fast so I was assuming he didn't get enough when I tried the breastfeed him..

Quoting MamaCeleste0722:

It soundslike nipple confusion. I had a similar experience, my twin boys were 6 weeks early and received a bottle. Unfortunately, one of my boys got nipple confusion. Fortunately, we were able to work through it and he latched.

A few things that helped him latch:

-Skin to skin. Baby in just a diaper, you with no shirt and and no bra. Put him on your chest.

-Pump to get letdown going. Once you get letdown going, then try to latch.

-Breast compressions

One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you feed him at the first signs of hunger (rooting, putting fist in his mouth). I noticed with my son, that if I waited too long (ie. crying), it made things really frustrating for him and me. And, also realize that he may not get it until his due date.

Good luck!


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angl130pla
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I had the same prouble my daughter wouldn't latch on.I got a contact nipple shield they latch on to it b/c its like a bottle nipple and you can later get them to take it with out the shield

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Paradys
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:45 PM

 I will say all the advice about be comfortable and keep tryin is perfect advice.

 Didn't work for me though so I went and got myself a nipple shield and DD latched on instantly! Never had a problem since.

grrlpanda
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I had issues with my DD also. She has an underbite and it was hard for her to latch on. I went back for a more indepth consult with a lactation specialist and that helped some. I also got a scale and weighed her before and after feedings just to make myself feel better. I experimented with different postions (football worked best for us in the beginning) and I got a My BreastFriend pillow which really helped us both be more comfortable. I would also use the pump for a few seconds before I fed her to pull the nipple out for her. We just kept trying and because she continued to gain I stopped worrying about it so much. Good luck.

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