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Thread: Premie trouble with latching

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Fremont, OH

    Default Premie trouble with latching

    My son was born a month early, but is now 5 wks old. I cannot seem to get him to
    latch properly especially on my left side. I am right handed so I don't know if that
    matters? I've had to quit nursing twice for about 3 days each because my nipples get so sore. Any suggestions? When does this get easier, I thought he would get the
    hang of it by now...frustrating!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Premie trouble with latching

    What positions have you tried? What latch techniques have you tried?

    Have to run but some ideas: laid back: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf and www.biologicalnurturing.com make sure to watch the video and remember you can be as reclined as much or as little as you like as long as you are supported & baby can be in any position-experiment!

    other positions and latch info: http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html

    Latch and breast sandwich technique: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvfebmar04p3.html

    latch video: http://www.ameda.com/resources/video

    always try to start nursing when baby is calm and relaxed rather than hungry and frantic. Go off babies earliest cues or just offer anytime you like.
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; July 21st, 2012 at 01:07 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Premie trouble with latching

    Great advice from the PP. I'd suggest seeing a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. Nothing beats hands-on help when you are struggling with a small baby and a difficult latch.

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