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    Post Having trouble with my son latching on.

    My son is 1 month and 2 weeks. Right from the start, I started to breast feed. He was doing great on the breast. At night he would go back to the nursery and they would give him a bottle, but they would bring back early in the morning. There was an accident in the nursery and he choked on spit up. He was in NICU for two day. Since then he has been having hard time latching on. I would pump and bottle feed and do formula. Now he is allergic to Milk and soy protein. I still want to breast feed. I can't not eat any dairy and now I am having trouble producing milk for him. I don't know what to do, to produce more milk. The formula is Elecare. He has a hard time going and is very gassy on this formula. Please help... I need a way to produce more milk so I can pump and how can I get him to re latch on.
    Thank you in Advance for the advice.

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    Default Re: Having trouble with my son latching

    i would emiminate dairy from your diet, i know it can be hard at first. there is an allergy section here. post there and lots of moms will help

    what makes you think you are having trouble producing milk? because of how much you get from pumping? a pump does not remove milk as well as a baby can and the pump is not going to be able to tell you how much milk you are producing. the best way to know if you are producing enough is to count the baby's diapers.

    the best way to maintain your supply is to have the baby nurse. if you want to work on the latch i will attach a good link below. work at it everytime, try not to get too frustrated. you can do it

    the more formula you give the less milk you will produce. i encourage you to nurse as much as you can.

    i've got to run but here are some helpful links:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/bas...resources.html
    http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...agename=videos
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

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    Default Re: Having trouble with my son latching

    mtmama gave you excellent advice. Do nurse as much as possible. Remember that you have to "learn" to pump *and* a pump is never as efficient as your little nurser, so find out if you've got enough milk flowing by counting your little one's wet / dirty diapers. Also - as far as latching on, you really need to meet with a lactation consultant so that she can help you with positioning and latch. Unfortunately that's just not something we can help with online.

    Great job breastfeeding, Mama. Keep trying and it *will* get easier!
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    Default Re: Having trouble with my son latching

    It sounds to me like your son is having some nipple confusion. Unfortunately, this is bound to get worse the more bottles he gets, whether they are bottles of formula or breastmilk. If you want to get your son back to exclusively nursing, I would toss the bottles and find an alternate feeding method when you are supplementing, such as using a spoon, syringe, or even cup. There are also SNS (supplemental nursing systems) that attach a little tube on your nipple which has a supply of milk on the end. This has the advantage of stimulating your nipple, which will promote greater milk production, while making sure your LO is getting enough to eat. If you feel you must use bottles, make sure you are using the slowest flow nipples available. Some of the trouble of nipple confusion is that the milk is not immediately there at the breast the way it is at the bottle. You want your son to have to work to get the milk out of the bottle like he would have to at the breast.

    Here's some info about alternative feeding methods: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/a...e-feeding.html

    I think it is quite possible that you may be having trouble producing milk. A red flag for me is that your son was already getting bottles in the hospital. Unfortunately, those first few days and weeks are when you are signalling your body how much milk to make, and if he started off receiving supplements instead of stimulating your breasts to make milk, that may set you up for trouble in the future. Now, there's no way to go back and change that, but there are ways to help you produce more milk. Here's a link for that (scroll down to the bottom where it says "Increasing your milk supply"): http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html The main thing right now is to make sure you are pumping every single time your baby gets formula. Your breasts need to be told how much milk to make. It's a supply and demand system.

    Hang in there. You can do this! I had really bad latching problems right from DD's birth (and I'd be lying if said she has a perfect latch now. She doesn't.) But we got through it and have a successful nursing relationship today. I do think there is some latch help we can offer online here, if you can give a more detailed description of what is going on. But, as a pp said, it's really best to see a lactation consultant in person, preferably an IBCLC.
    -Hannah

    SAHM-WAHM to lovely Lizzie, born at home 9/14/2010


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