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January 11th, 2013, 07:06 PM
mommysc2's Avatar Mommy to 3 Blessings!
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Hi ladies!

I just had a baby girl 5 days ago. I started to breast feed her in the hospital or at least try...I reallly struugled. The next day I found out my daughter had jaundince and had to be under the lights for 24 hours and the nurses wanted to take her out to feed but because I was really struggling, she was out too long and too often so I told the nurses to give her formula in there. The next day when she was out of the lights I had her and was BFing her and she was not urintating or moving her bowels sut with the formula she was. We were discharged that night I had BF her once and since then have been giving formula so it's been 3 days since I tried again. I want to try to breastfeed again but not sure itf it is too late. My breasts are not heavy, warm, sore and lumpy....my nipple area is very hard. Does this mean my milk has dried out? If not, will I confuse my baby? Please let me know your opinions...thanks!


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January 13th, 2013, 05:17 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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I am so sorry you had to go through all that! I would just put the baby on the breast and have your LO nurse as much as possible and if you have a pump, pump. If your breasts are hard, they are probably FULL of milk, not "drying up." If you are having trouble latching, then call your local La Leche or find a LC to see ASAP. Also, a baby has a VERY high need to suck, so make your breast the only place for the baby to suck, no pacifiers and no bottles, when you are still supplementing, you can use a syringe, a feeding cup or a spoon to feed them, not a bottle. Also, the more she nurses, the less you want to supplement, breastfeeding is supply and demand, so the more you supplement, the less demand on your breasts. Lots of skin to skin too! Please keep us posted and i hope you are able to successfully breastfeed, it is not too late by any means.

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January 19th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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second that, allow her to pacify as much as possible with your breasts. Comfort nursing is actually brilliant in getting supply up. My first was a sleepy and slow nurser and she would nurse for hours. It worked for us and I never supplemented her, just let her hang out at the boobie lounge until she was happy.

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January 19th, 2013, 03:19 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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any update?

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