Re: Heart Broken Mommy - Nipple Confusio
It is true, you will never win a battle of wills with a newborn. That's why getting a baby back to the breast isn't about forcing the baby to do what you want, but about gently luring her to do what you want. Check out that link Susan provided, the tips are good ones, especially the instant reward and skin-to-skin techniques.
Since you're going to be doing a lot of pumping, make sure you have the following:
- A great pump- I strongly suggest a hospital-grade rental!
- Correctly sized breast shields
- A visit with a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC
- Herbs: fenugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal
- Drugs: as a last resort, Reglan and Domperidone are prescription drugs which can increase supply as a side-effect. Both have additional side-effects and are not for all moms, so speak to your midwife or doctor before taking either one.
In addition, getting supply going with pumping requires a lot of time investment. You want to be pumping about as often as a newborn baby eats, which means around every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night.
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