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    Unhappy Breast Strike at 5 days old???

    I'm desperately hoping someone will be able to give me advice on this topic. I just had my third baby via c-section this past Wednesday. I was unable to breastfeed my first two babies due to medications I was taking at the time. So I am still a breastfeeding newbie. With this baby, I was only able to try breastfeeding when she was two days old. Lactation finally saw me at the end of the second day, and my milk was slow to come in. Since the very first time, my baby has refused to take my left breast. My nipple is very small and goes inwards a bit, but lactation says my nipple is fine, even though they could not get her to take it at any time when they were seeing me. She was happy with my right, but ever since we have come home she will latch on quite well, suck a few times (and she's swallowing so I know she's getting milk) then let go of it and refuse more. She seems to hate breastfeeding, but will happily drink my pumped milk from a bottle. I desperately don't want to bottle feed, or feed her only pumped milk. I am finding that the only way I am able to exclusively feed her breast milk is if it has been pumped. She is only 5 days old so I don't want this to snowball out of control. She can latch just fine, is a very healthy eater and there is nothing wrong with my breasts.

    Any advice for me?

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    Default Re: Breast Strike at 5 days old???

    She is only 5 days old so I don't want this to snowball out of control.
    you are so right to be proactive about this, as the snowball is exactly what can happen.

    When a baby this young a will not nurse effectively, they probably can not. It may be as simple as getting baby on there to practice, but it has nothing to do with a dislike of breastfeeding or preference for bottles. 5 day old babies don't have opinions. they have instincts, and every instinct a healthy baby has compells them to suckle at the breast frequently. See the kellymom article linked below for ideas on encouraging baby to nurse.


    I suggest-1) bring baby to the breast VERY frequently. better yet, relax back in a comfortable position and keep baby at the breast basically all the time, with baby in only a diaper or onsie and you topless or with very easy access. Watch for any signs of rooting and let baby figure it out with as much 'input' and assistance from you as needed. Short nursing sessions may be fine as long as baby is nursing very frequently.

    2 keep pumping to keep up your supply, but you can start to reduce the pumping sessions as baby nurses better. Best if you could be using a rented hospital grade pump.

    3 find a board certified lactation consultat you can see now for an appt which should be at least an hour long. an IBCLC. Seeing someone in the hospital only gets moms so far.

    4contact your local LLL to see what other local help may be available.

    5 line up freinds and family to help with your older kids while you & baby figure this out.

    6 if supplements of your expressed milk or formula are given consider alternatives to bottles or do paced bottle feeding http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    feeding the non-latching baby http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ching_baby.pdf

    laid back breastfeeding http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

    feeding cues http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...eding_cues.pdf

    help my baby won't nurse http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

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    Default Re: Breast Strike at 5 days old???

    DS1 6/7/11
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