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June 2nd, 2013, 12:22 PM
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Hi, I'm hoping somebody can give me some BTDT encouragement. I had to be induced at 36 weeks; my little guy was born the 24th and still will not latch. The lactation consultant at the hospital suggested that we keep trying to nurse and then finger feed, so that's what we've been doing. There has been absolutely no progress. My supply is good as I've been pumping as often as he feeds (every 2-3 hours) so thankfully that isn't a problem. Usually he will latch on, then pull off, and repeat until he is too mad or goes back to sleep (shuts down). Sometimes he has latched on, but then not do anything more than suckle- he doesn't "drink". And every once in a while he is so hungry and ticked that he won't even try.

I've nursed five babies before this one, and had some that were slow to catch on. So I have a little previous experience dealing with this. But they were full-term and I did not pump to supplement. I guess I'm worried that he is going to get so used to the supplementing that he will not ever learn to feed at the breast. If I have to exclusively pump and use bottles I guess I'd be ok with that, but it certainly isn't my preference. And how long is it reasonable to keep trying?
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June 2nd, 2013, 01:00 PM
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I would have another LC look at the latch and hold. Have you tried other positions? DD was 36 weeks and small and had a hard time getting my whole nipple in her mouth, but the only issue there was IT HURT, LOL. Have you tried the football hold to nurse? What about something like the Medela SNS to supplement? As long as you are not bottle feeding right now, i would think he will catch on faster. Let your breast be the only place he can satisfy his need to suck.
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June 2nd, 2013, 03:13 PM
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It can take some babies (especially preterm) longer to get it...sometimes 4-6 weeks. It is definitely not too late, and I wouldn't give up if I were you. I agree...different holds might help. My baby would only latch with football hold on the left at first. Have you watched the onlineJack Newman videos on latching? Checked out kellymom.com's section on helping babies latch who have trouble? I hope you guys are able to make it work!
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June 2nd, 2013, 03:44 PM
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Hi, thank you. Yes, I have tried different positions/holds and Kellymom is my favorite site the last few days. I have not heard of Dr. Newman... off to check out his site right now. I can keep working at this, it is helpful to have some idea as to how long it might take. I don't want to give up too early, but neither do I want to keep trying past the point of reason.
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Definitely watch Dr Newman's videos, he has one called finger feed to latch that may be helpful. (Breastfeeding Inc. The World's Breastfeeding Resource) One trick that sometimes works is to start out with finger feeding and when baby is on a roll quickly get him latched (this works best if you can be pumping or hand expressing to get the milk flowing before you move him to the breast). Sometimes if baby is in the middle of a feeding it's easier to get them to stay at the breast because they are already in the mode of feeding. Also be sure when you do finger feed that you are putting some pressure on his tongue to simulate breastfeeding. Use breast compressions when you can get him to latch to encourage him to stay at the breast. You can also use the finger feeding tube as an SNS (once he is latched, slide the tube into his mouth at the corner, just above his tongue - Dr newman also has a video on this)

Keep at it! Many premature babies do not get the hang of breastfeeding until close to their original due date, so hang in there.
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June 4th, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Hi, thank you. Yes, I have tried different positions/holds and Kellymom is my favorite site the last few days. I have not heard of Dr. Newman... off to check out his site right now. I can keep working at this, it is helpful to have some idea as to how long it might take. I don't want to give up too early, but neither do I want to keep trying past the point of reason.
Good luck...hope you guys find something that works!
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June 4th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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My midwife gave me a SNS to use. It's trickier than the videos make it look, LOL!

He got weighed at WIC today and has gained six ounces in five days. Obviously he is getting enough milk! Now it is just a matter of getting it to him the "easy" way!

Thank you all very much for your support and encouragement!
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June 4th, 2013, 05:21 PM
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Great weight gain!
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