Re: Advice on Breastfeeding Baby number
I can totally understand your rationale for having a repeat c-section. If I were going to be done with having kids- and it's hard to get much more done than having a tubal ligation!- I would be a lot more open to the idea of a repeat c-section than if I were planning on having more kids in the future. Just FYI, while having one large baby does raise your chances of having another, a suspected large baby is not considered a contraindication for having a VBAC (see the following 2 articles: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p302.html and http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0701/p169.html). Again, I don't mean to be pushy about this. But I'd feel remiss if I didn't put the information out there. If not for you, for someone else.
Regarding formula supplementation, it's not a road you want to go down unless it is MEDICALLY NECESSARY. Healthy babies generally do just fine on colostrum alone, provided they are given unrestricted access to the breast and provided that mom's milk is not delayed beyond 4-5 days. If you must use formula, giving it via cup or syringe is a good idea. But don't go down that path if you don't have to.
If you have a fussy baby who is having trouble latching, here are some techniques which may help:
- Instant reward: express some milk or colostrum onto the surface of the nipple and latch baby on. The taste of milk in his mouth may stimulate him to calm down and suck.
- Pinky pacifier: if baby is too frantic to latch, offer your pinky finger for him to suck. Hold the nail down toward the tongue, instead of up toward the delicate roof of the mouth. Sucking on the pinky for a few seconds may calm him enough to enable a repeat latch attempt.
- Offer the breast before baby is really hungry. New babies often get really frantic when they are hungry, and because they are so young and inexperienced, they don't realize that nursing will solve their problems. Often it's best to latch baby on when he's not starving and still somewhat calm.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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