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    Default HELP! Trying to get 6 week old to bf, latching problems

    I had my daughter 6 weeks ago and breastfed for the 2 days I was in hospital. By the time I got home I was so sore and in so much pain that we bought formula that night as I couldn't bring myself to feed her. MW advised to express while I healed, which I did but it was never enough so I was giving a formula top up. I'm now desperate to get her back to the breast as my son never took to it, but she refuses to latch correctly. I know how the latch should go and have read so much about it but I just can't get her to open her mouth wide and she prefers to take more or less just the nipple which of course is causing soreness again. If I'm to bf exclusively then I need to build up my milk supply but cannot allow her to feed on demand until I can get her to latch properly! Please can anyone offer advice as I'm close to giving up and switching to formula which I really don't want to do

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    Default Re: HELP! Trying to get 6 week old to bf, latching problems

    Hi and welcome! Is there any way you can get to see an IBCLC, or meet with a LLL leader? Hands-on help is good for latch issues. In terms of getting her to open wide enough, try running your nipple all across her top lip and bring her mouth onto your breast quickly when she opens up. You can also try starting with the nipple at her nose and run it down to her lips, sometimes that works for my DD. You can also make a 'sandwich' of your breast to help her get as much breast tissue into her mouth as possible.

    In terms of your supply, you're right that supply=demand. So make sure that you are pumping whenever the baby is eating (if you're not able to latch her, of course). The sooner you're able to get rid of the formula, the better it'll be for your supply.

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    Default Re: HELP! Trying to get 6 week old to bf, latching problems

    thanks, I don't know what an IBCLC is but will try and find out where the local LLL team is. Another thing she does is pulling on the nipple, stretching it which is really painful with the soreness. And she squirms and fusses a lot Was just hoping someone could relate and tell me they'd got through it! Will definitely try and see someone regarding the latching issues though if I can!

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    Default Re: HELP! Trying to get 6 week old to bf, latching problems

    Sorry, an IBCLC is a board-certified lactation consultant...this means they are held to certain standards and expected to be up-to-date on nursing knowledge. You can find one here http://www.iblce.org/

    Hang in there mama...a lot of us have been through the sore nipple thing, and with work, diligence and time, things can improve! As for the fussing, it could be that your LO finds it easier to drink from the bottle than from the breast. That too will probably take time...check out this page http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

    Good luck, let us know how it goes!

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    Default Re: HELP! Trying to get 6 week old to bf, latching problems

    many many moms have brought child back to the breast and/or brought milk supply up. It is still relatively early, so you have a very good chance of doing this. But it will take some work. Excellent ideas from carm3.

    Have you tried different positions? Various latch ideas? There is "new" thinking about latch and positioning in the lactation world, basically, moving away from rules and specific "open wide, bring baby on" a-b-c type instruction to more of a kind of individualized, try lots of things and do what works ideas. So latch and positioning has become a very big subject and (as always) hands on assistance can really make a difference.

    If that is not possible for you, there are also lots of info and videos etc. online.



    Here are some ideas I like, but again, hands on help could be key.

    latch ideas:

    laid back tips and drawing http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

    more laid back (video) http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

    latch - breast sandwich technique article http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvfebmar04p3.html

    guide to latching baby pictorial http://cwgenna.com/quickhelp.html

    Pumping ideas: use a hospital grade pump if possible, and (assuming baby is not latching yet) aim for pumping 8-10 times a day. If pumping on a set scedule does not work, then pump when you can fit it in instead. see this pump chart: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...umpigchart.pdf

    You could also consider using a lactation aid (an at the breast supplementer) to encourage baby to nurse more at the breast and avoid or lessen bottles while you work on this.

    And/or, as long as baby needs supplements, bottle feed in a less trouble causing way. For example: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

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