Re: so many questions lost & confused about to give up
1. Check out that video, but wide open mouth, good seal around the nipple, no clicking or popping noises usually indicate a decent latch
Originally Posted by @llli*themommaof2
2.Do you mean she latches on then pops off and relatches? Just keep trying. Remember, she's as new at this as you are so she's still trying to figure out how to do it, too. You might try squeezing a little milk out so it's already there to encourage her to stay on.
3. If she seems to prefer the right you could try nursing her on the right first, so she's more relaxed, then shift her over to the left breast without flipping her over, if that makes sense. Just move her to the left and hold her like a football tucked under your arm. Sometimes that will fool them into thinking they are on the preferred breast.
4.Can you hear her swallow? Do you see milk at the corners of her mouth? Is she having 5-6 wet diapers per day? If she's having the right number of diapers, you can be confident she is getting plenty of milk even if you can't tell if she's swallowing.
5.It's normal to drop in weight a bit. Most of the time docs want to see them regain their birth weight by two weeks old. That's 14 days and you're almost there! This is not something to worry about unless baby isn't giving you enough diapers or seems dehydrated- lethargic, sunken soft spots, dark circles under the eyes.
You can do this, mama. It's tough in the beginning because it's hard to know if you're doing it right. We've all been there. But it gets better as you gain confidence in yourself and in your baby. Just keep working at it. Try to find some activities your older son can do where you can sit with your baby for long periods of time. I know for me, it meant letting my older daughter watch tv way more than I would have liked, but it's temporary.
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