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  • @llli*babyk14's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    My Lo is 9 weeks old. She was born 6 1/2 weeks early and stayed in the NICU for two weeks. In combination of being in the hospital and having a hard time latching I was unable to breastfeed, however since the day she was born I have been pumping. My supply has never been an issue, and I think might actually be an oversupply. I was pumping every 3 hours for about 20 minutes. However I am trying to reduce that. I honestly don't know if 20 minutes is sufficient or overkill. I am constantly in pain with both of my breasts, they never feel empty and constantly feel like I have clogged ducts. Recently I had a case of mastitis in my left breast. Ouch! I am trying to reduce the amount of times I pump in a day and honestly just trying to reduce the constant pain I am in. Any suggestions on how I go about reducing the number of times I pump, and helping to make my breasts feel better without the hard rocks in them?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 03:59 PM
    Many babies for legitimate reasons really cannot nurse in the first few weeks, and while yes this may mean baby refuses to latch at first, baby can almost always be brought to the breast (or back to the breast) with patience and persistence. Your child has a deep biological and instinctual need to nurse, and keying into that is the key if baby really does refuse to nurse- and baby may not refuse at all. That said, has your doctor explained to you why you may not nurse your child at all, rather than simply supplementing additional formula (or your pumped milk) over and above nursing if that is needed? Have they provided you with the studies or protocols that show that withholding the breast is in any way needed as a treatment for slow gain or jaundice? I am pretty sure this not a typical protocol. I think your doctor's advice is possibly incorrect or at least, needlessly potentially harmful, and you should get a second medical opinion? I am linking the protocol from the academy of breastfeeding medicine which I have not read lately: http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/Protocol%2022%20Jaundice.pdf This is written by doctors for doctors. It also would make sense to see a board certified LC (IBCLC) if you can, to make sure there is no issues with your baby's ability to transfer milk normally. Of course an LC can also help you if baby is refusing to nurse. Now, as to what to do if you indeed do need to continue to formula feed and not nurse through weekend,...
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  • @llli*southernbelle0412's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 PM
    HI! My baby is a week and a half old. At her 1 week checkup, the doctor was concerned about weight gain and jaundice. We had her levels checked, and they were high, so I was instructed to stop breastfeeding and bottle feed her with formula until the levels were stabilized. Today, the jaundice levels had gone down and her weight is up, but the doctor insists on continuing the bottle feeding until Monday for another recheck. I am beside myself. I am doing what he is saying is best for her, but I want to nurse her. I've been pumping 8-9 times a day to keep my supply. However, I am worried to death that if I can proceed with breastfeeding on Monday, that she will no longer want to latch and feed from the breast. I'm sure I'm a hormonal wreck right now, but am I worrying too much? How hard is it to relatch a newborn after interrupting the breastfeeding this early? I've heard that nipple confusion is a huge issue especially when it's this early! It will be almost a week of bottle feeding when I can go back to breastfeeding her. Help!!!! Thank you!!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:57 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Supplementation is NOT usually needed for breastfed babies. If it were, how would the human species have survived all those millennia until the first safe formulas were developed, which only happened about 120 years ago? :) The doctor's advice was pretty dodgy. When it comes to weight gain, we are looking for a baby to be back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Your baby has met that standard. In addition, you aren't sore or bleeding any more, you feel like baby has no difficulty in latching, and baby's poops and pees are normal. That all suggests that breastfeeding is going fine at this point, and all you need to do is to nurse baby when she cues, to nurse her when your body cues you to nurse (like when you feel like it would be convenient to have baby nurse, or when you feel the need for a cuddle or would like to put your feet up), to continue to watch her diaper output, and to make sure she nurses at least 8x per day (10-12 nursing sessions would be more typical for a baby this age). If you are still doubting yourself, see a lactation consultant, preferably one who is an IBCLC, for an in-person evaluation of breastfeeding. If your pediatrician thought something was wrong, a trip to the IBCLC is what should have been suggested instead of formula! Also, the doctor's suggestion- a bottle of formula after every nursing session- is not only bad breastfeeding advice, it's bad supplementing advice. If...
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