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still in the hospital. Baby #10 was born at 8:36 this am. I am really looking for sme advice, because even though it is my tenth baby bf'ing has never worked for me. The lactation consultant came in this am and just gave me a bunch of papers and left after telling me what not to do. One nurse was pretty helpful, but she was a labor and delivery nurse, so not on this side of the hospital now that I'm in "recovery".
Since they moved me over here I have seen the nurse twice for a total of 5 minutes since 11am.
The baby won't latch, won't wake up even enough to try. All day. So he really only got a few drops this am that the nurse hand expressed because he won't latch. I would really like to get this down this time, but they are definitely NOT helpful here at all.
So as usual Im feeling frustrated and worried about him getting nothing and already feeling like the previous nine times.....a failure.
Can anyone give me some hope that this will work. What do I do/ Is he gonna be okay if he doesn't nurse some soon? The only thing the nurse keeps sticking her head in the door for is to ask if he has nursed yet.
Jenifer....The Queen Bee
#12 is on the way
Hi Urban Momma! I recognize you from the NCB board, congrats on #10. I would find your local La Leche and call them ASAP. They are free and most will come to you, especially in the hospital, also do not be afraid to ask for another LC (if there is another) or that one to come back. That is just ridiculous. Can any of the nurses help you?
First of all congrats on the baby! I completely understand your frustration. When I was in the hospital I felt like everyone was saying what I was doing wrong and nr showing me how to do it right. At my hospital there were several LC on duty throughout the day so maybe you can ask a nurse to get one for you and explain your fears about not being able to nurse with her. My hospital was very pro bf'ing so even though I wanted to gve DS formula at first because he want latching correctly they kept encouraging me just to keep trying. What worked for us was he skin to skin and expressing right into his mouth. He developed jaundice pretty quickly so he fell asleep pretty fast too But luckily at only a few days old their stomachs are really small and try do not need much. Hang in there mama! I'm sure other ladies will have more advice and congrats again!
This isnt a big hospital. The night nurse told me the LC will be back in the morning.?? wow, there's only one? I expressed my concern too her and she told me that because he is a bigger baby (only 9 lbs) that he is okay to not nurse for 12-24 hours. ?? She said she is going to check his blood sugar and as long as its good then he won't have to have supplemental formula. I got him to wake up but he had no interest in nursing at all. Now he's back to sleep. ughhhh.
Jenifer....The Queen Bee
#12 is on the way
First, congratulations! Second - don't give up! Your baby is still small and won't need milk just yet. By the time he gets it, your milk will be in. Sometimes it takes babies - and mommas - time to learn. Keep asking for a nurse or lactation consultant who will help you to be successful. Don't be afraid to keep asking for someone who you feel comfortable with. (what's the worst they can say? That you wanted to be successful at breastfeeding?!)
It takes sometime to get baby to latch - strip him down, do lots of skin to skin contact, and just wait. He'll get it and you will, too.
Yes, I do think you'll get more info and help from the LLL than from whatever your hospital has there. That's just ridiculous.
I wouldn't worry, at birth they are very sleepy and have such tiny tiny stomachs, and your milk isn't in yet. Yes the colostrum is great if you can get it into him, but I think he'll be fine. Lots of skin to skin. Sleepy babies are adorable but so frustrating! I think once he gets over the first day drowsiness he'll probably wake up and be looking for your nipple.
Congrats! Birth must have been quite an ordeal for him, so I guess he figures it's nappin' time. I agree with all the other momma who said lots of skin to skin. Stick him up under your gown by your chest and hang onto him. Your ta-tas are right there and it's all nice and warm. He'll start to smell you and get hungry.
Is he not latching correctly or not latching at all? When your milk changes from colostrum to milk, try to squirt him and see if he's willing to take a few swallows.
I'm just guessing though, 'cause my son latched on and wouldn't let go for what seemed like 3 months.