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Most of the time, it is going great. He latches well, eats well, I seem to be past engorgement and even my nipples are starting to be less sore.
Then every once in awhile, he gets all worked up and is screaming at the breast and won't latch on. Sometimes changing the position helps, but not often. A couple of times, when things got really bad, I pumped a bit and stuck a nipple on the bottle to give to him. After a few sucks, he calms down and is able to latch on no problem. It's like he gets so upset he forgets what he needs to do. It is frustrating.
Well my milk has finally come in! I'm starting to pump in between feedings, not only after feedings because he seems to be more hungry than the amount of milk I'm making at each feeding. He is finally gaining weight now though so we're on the right track!
But it's going very well. My milk came in 2 days after he was born. He eats quite a bit...about 20 minutes on both sides at some feedings. He's a porker for sure. The best part is the look on his face when he burps. He looks so shocked.
We have issues latching on sometimes. Hes just like a guy and prefers to play with my nipples than eat. So after getting milk all over himself he will finally decide to latch and feed lol. Tried doing the 15min one breast then switching, but then he over eats and throws up. So one boob per feeding.
♥ Kaylee ♥
♦ Jonathan Tyler Born March 4, 2012 ♦ 7lbs 9oz 22inches ♦
♥ R.I.P Tyler Scott ♥ Aug 27, 1991 - Jan 10, 2012 ♥
I won't be satisfied until we are done with the nipple shield. But the last couple of times I've pulled it off halfway through a feeding she's gotten a great latch without it. But as soon as she sucks a bit, then pulls off again, she won't latch again [I don't let her get too frustrated with it]
And the last week or so she's been incredibly fussy while eating. She'll whine and cry and kick and flail her arms. The kicks to my other boob especially suck and it's REALLY is pissing me off. But it happens at any random time of day/night, can happen at any time during the feeding [or through the whole thing] so I have NO idea what the problem is.
So the ENT was a total bust and that is the only local office that clips tongue tied kids. They said that since he was thriving on formula and pumped BM they do not want to put a month old baby under aneasthia (sp?). The risks are greater than the benefits and I agree. Apparently, if it was in the first week of life, they just clip it with local. Oh, but the hospital refused to put a referral in. I am so over this. They said he had a moderate case of tongue tied and should be able to nurse fine, but maybe his mouth, muscle tone and strength needs to build some more and they have alot of moms that their babies nurse well starting at two months. My poor nipples protest. I hate pumping. I only get a little out. I bought my Medela Swing yesterday and LOVE it. Hopefully my supply picks up better than with my hand pump. Power hour, here I come! (pump on and off for 10 min intervals for 1 hour).
Things are going much better now than they were at the beginning. I've never had a problem with sore nipples, bleeding, etc. before Haevyn so that was a whole new experience. Nurses, LC and I all agreed it wasn't her latch causing it just how small her mouth was. She's had a great latch since day 1 but apparently her being so small and my nipples being so large was causing some issues. Now they've begun to toughen up and it's not so rough. The first few seconds still make me hold my breath a bit from time to time, though.
I must say that I am pleasantly optimistic with breastfeeding. Jillian is one week old today, and we're still only BFing. Nothing has been sore, nothing is cracked or painful thus far....with both of the boys I was in agony by this point....I don't think I made it more than a couple of days with Ben (granted there were other stressful factors in that environment with his father, but that's a whole 'nother story....) By this point with Ryan I was already pumping by this point, so I guess we got the hang of things (I'm so knocking on wood right now....) and I'm hopeful that we'll be continuing for some time to come. Yay!
We did meet with a few lactation consultants while we were in the hospital....one each day of our hospital stay, which was so very helpful--I strongly suggest if there is one available to meet with at least one. I met with three, each of them gave me a different perspective / idea / position.