breastfeeding

  • my son is a week old and is having a problem with nursing only sometimes.. other times he latches on and stays on... lstnight he seemed not to be able to find my nipple even though it was right in front.. nurses said i was holding him right for him to latch but it doesnt seem like it m i doing something wrong?

  • Hello! I had problems nursing initially, but my daughter was tongue tied. On top of that, I am an F so it was very hard to hold back the extra boob and keep her on. I ended up getting her frenulum clipped and worked with my local La Leche League and the Lactation Consultants at the hospital and together with both of those support groups was able to figure it all out. 

    Now, at 6 month olds, I had to wean my unwilling daughter onto formula due to the fact that I am pregnant and my milk supply has dwindled away. 

    Keep at it though, breastfeeding. It can be the hardest most frustrating thing in the world. TRUST me. I've had mastitis, cracked infected nipples and had to pump for a week or too...then back to the breast exclusively. I really really highly suggest finding your local La Leche League leader. At first I was skeptical of them, because I thought they were just a bunch of crazy hippies with odd parenting skills. But once they started helping me, I realized that they were invaluable. Good luck mama!

  • My daughter is only two weeks old and i find that we have the same problem not always but sometimes. Sometimes she latches on quickly and others its as if i have to find it and place it in her mouth for her. I find that this usually happens when she is already irritated and ready to eat. Its as if she is to impatient she just tosses her head around and around as if its no tthere. Just remeber everything will start to come together in time and pretty soon you will be a pro at feeding. this is my third and my first to breast feed exclusively . I breastfed my second for two months and then switched. Just remeber dont give up it will work.

  • I agree with the other gals, do have some patience and things will come together. I often do see that when babies are at the point of hunger that they are agitated it's much harder for them to coordinate all the ins/outs of breast feeding. I think that some mom's are pretty hard on themselves about this process bc in the media and in watching others it all looks to easy. Fact is Breast feeding is a skill that has to be mastered by both baby and mom and it is NOT as easy as it looks! With your baby still so young you really might benefit from meeting with a lactation consultant. They are often able to pinpoint exactly what is going on and then give you strategies to work on these problems. I know many moms see lactation in the hospital and then once home think that there isn't anything further that lac. can do. This is not true at all. Things change between hospital and home time and another eval is generally very useful. Keep us posted! Jess
  • thank you to all that replied to my question... yes its getting alittle easier as the days go by but still have some problems... my other concern is when i do pump how often should i so that i dont run out for my baby!! i want him to have it first!! when i do pump after i dont seem to have enough to even save for a later use!  i will keep up on it and thxs again  for everyone that gave advice..

  • To answer your last post, if your son is nursing well, then he will probably empty the breast when he feeds. If he does not have a great feed, or it is a short one, you probably could pump afterwards and get some to save! Try to massage your breast before you start pumping and then take a break in the middle of pumping and massage again (pushing your breast down toward the nipple). This can help a bit as well as doing some hand expression of your milk when you are done pumping. I would really encourage you to go see a lactation consultant because they can really get you all squared away and help you with any feeding questions and concerns.

  • ok so another issue im still having is that when hes not ready to eat do i pump it or leave it for his next feeding so there is enough for him first

  • Couldn't you just pump it and freeze it for later use?  I'm new to the breastfeeding thing so I'm not sure.  Not due till end of September.  But I know that I have read of people that pump and store the milk.

  • Breast milk will keep for several days in the back of your fridge and up to a year in the deep freezer. When you pump save the milk, even though its a little bit and put it in one of those milk storage bags. Add to it for 3 days or so then freeze it. I have been pumping for my son since I went back to work and have a freezer full. You can also pump for a few minutes after you feed to make sure you are empty and freeze that.

  • My hospital offered a great Breastfeeding class that was very helpful. They advised not pumping till your baby was 3 weeks old. You can pump & freeze milk for  a few months. Medela make specail bags to freeze milk in . They were handly for me.

  • I pumped and breastfed with my first, and my current baby.  The easiest way if you are going to pump is to do it after the baby eats.  Even if you don't get much at first, you are telling your body to produce more milk.  Depending on the pump you use, it can take a bit for the milk supply to add up.  Once it does, you will be able to pump bottles in between feedings.  I started out not getting much milk, but I'd keep the pump on for 15 minutes after the baby stopped eating.  Then within a week or so, I was able to pump 2 extra bottles.  Pumping, like breastfeeding, can take some getting used to, but you'll get the hang of it in no time.

  • Have you tried getting any help?  Please look online for the closest La Leche League group.  You'll be surprised at how helpful and knowledgable and friendly everyone is.

  • You might want to ask your pediatrician about a lactation consultant. They can help you with pumping, latch, etc. I used one for this baby, and she is renting me a hospital grade pump that is excellent!!! MUCH better than the ones you can buy at a store. I'm able to produce at least 2 extra ounces of milk AFTER I feed my daughter, so that we can have milk to store. Just a thought...

     

     

  • with my daugher (who is almost a month old) there were times where she would eat and be content, but my breasts would still feel overly full.  the lactation specialist at my hospital told me that i could pump until i was comfortable.  as far as if it is in between feedings, i was told to feed a newborn every 2-3hrs (no later) for the first 2 weeks.  if my baby didn't wake up after 3 hrs, i woke/wake her up to feed her. consistency in feedings helps.  if your child won't take the breast at all, then i would think just pumping til your comfortable would be fine.

  • I try to allow at least an hour before my daughter's next feeding when I pump.  This is my third child to breastfeed.  Don't worry--your body will catch up and produce the needed milk, even if you do pump.  Pumping is usually more successful in the morning, as the milk supply is more plenteous then.  Good luck and hope all is going well!