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We just adopted a 2 month old last week. I have been mixing his bottles 3oz ebm and 1oz formula since yesterday. I have been slowly getting him used to being at the breast today. I do it 30mins before I think he'll be hungry, so that he's not starving but also doesn't have a full tummy. I put ebm on my nipple and bring him to it. It makes him suck, but he's not latched properly, so he doesn't get anything. I've been reading some sites that explain tricks on getting adopted babies to latch, so I'm trying that stuff. In the mean time I just let him suck all he wants(even though it hurts). Once he pulls off, I just cradle him there. He doesn't seem to like being held so close, since he's used to bottles and foster care where unfortunately they propped his bottles, so I'm focusing on getting him used to that right now. All in all I think he's doing a great job, but wanted to see if anyone has any other ideas?
Can you meet with a lactation consultant? I think if someone saw you in person that would help a lot.
If it were me I would not let him suck with a poor latch...I'd just take him off the breast and try to latch him better. He ie still young enough that he should be able to learn to latch. My kids were all NICU babies so we kind of went through this...they went from tube feeding, to bottle feeding, and finally the breast.
I would eliminate all bottles and find alternative ways to supplement (SNS, feeding cup, syringe, etc) and get a LC or the LLL to look at his latch and give you expert hands on help. GOod luck and KUP!!!!!
I bought a nipple shield at the store today and planned on using it tonight. My friend is a lactation consultant and is going to come by tomorroe if she can help. I might wait until after she comes to use the nipple shield, just in case she can fix his latch.
My friend, an LC, came over this afternoon to try and help. She was able to show me how to manipulate Olli's latch. Touch his chin to open his mouth wide, and put my nipple in with his bottom lip even with the bottom of my areola to get a good latch. It works really well! Sometimes I have to try 3 or 4 times. I'm so proud of him! I've been pumping to get closer to letdown before nursing him so he doesn't get frustrated. I'm hoping to phase that out slowly.