Re: Difficulty, please help
Oh, that makes me SO ANGRY! The nurses totally sabotaged you. As medical professionals, they should be aware of the following facts about breastfeeding:
Originally Posted by @llli*newmommy1029
1. It is normal for milk production to begin 2-5 days postpartum. Most moms will not have mature milk in the hospital.
2. Colostrum, the first milk produced by the breast, is present in small amounts even before birth.
3. Newborns have very small stomachs, which are designed to take in small amounts of colostrum.
4. Colostrum provides all the nutrition a baby needs until milk comes in.
5. Introducing bottles or pacis to newborns can interfere with the baby's desire and ability to latch and can lead to reduced nursing, which can delay milk production beyond the normal 2-5 days.
I made that list not because I want you to feel bad, but because I hope that someday you'll write a letter to the hospital letting them know exactly how they hurt your breastfeeding relationship with your baby!
The best thing you can do now is to get some hands-on help from a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. I also suggest checking out this link about getting a baby back to the breast: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/. As you attempt to get the baby back to the breast, keep this in mind: a newborn should not be eating more than 2-3 oz at a time. If you can get 3 oz from both breasts combined, there is nothing wrong with your supply. Keep the bottles very small- 1-2 oz at a time. Try giving the baby an oz from the bottle (or cup, syringe, etc.; alternate feeding methods are preferable to bottles!) and then, when she is calmer but still hungry, try offering the breast.
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