Breastfeeding advice needed, 1st time breast feeding mom
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June 21st, 2013, 07:38 PM
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It's possible that she is getting frustrated because it does require work to draw out the colostrum since its a thick substance. When she is rooting look for a wide open mouth, she needs to draw in the areola and the nipple not just nipple. Looking for the widest opening will help her learn to get both parts of the breast. If she is only pulling in nipple gently remove her and try again. You can remove her by pulling down on her jaw this will cause her to open her mouth releasing the nipple. She could be a gassy baby and thats why she's screaming or she can sense you are tense. If you can take some time where you can nurse skin to skin with no interruptions. Put her to the breast every time you think she is hungry or wants to nurse this will help your milk to come in. Not doing this can be causing the delay in your milk coming in.
They cluster feed to draw your milk supply so there is a reason why she seems like she wants to feed all the time. She is trying to stimulate your body to make breast milk.
Thank you for the advice. I do have a nipple shield and I have been trying that but it seems to be harder to get her to latch with that because I am messing with the shield because the sides keeps trying to flip up on her. She doesn't really want to feed all the time so that has me a little worried too. I have had a little more success this afternoon on getting her to latch on and suck but it seems as soon as she latches on she just falls right asleep. I am going to try the full skin to skin nursing at her next feeding time.
-What is a good way to keep her stimulated in sucking while on the breast?
-How long should I keep on her each breast during this period where she doesn't seem terribly interested in breast feeding?
-I think she is feeding or attempting to feed about every 3 hours, is that enough?
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We use a nipple shield and it is what saved me from giving up. I don't know if it was his latch or my nipples, but I was in tears trying to feed him by the third day. The latch looked okay, so idk. then my milk came in and he seemed to get frustrated with the fullness. it was overnight the first night home and I had to give two formula bottles. the next morning we went and got the shield and it's been going great since (he's two weeks now). he will latch directly onto me sometimes now if I let him get started with the shield then slip it off once he gets going.
I did get a nipple shield too to help and that seems to ease the pain of the latch as well. Did you have trouble with the shield trying to flip up on its sides? I feel like I am fighting with it and I didn't go buy it, my husband did, so I am not sure if there are different sized ones? I have size Triple D boobs (Sorry if TMI) so I didn't know if the shields are a one size fits all make or maybe I need to go back and get a larger size? Thanks so much for your advice
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