Re: Exclusively Pumping and noticing a severe dip in milk su
Use the shield if that's the only way the baby will latch and nurse. If you can get him to latch without the shield, that would be ideal.
Knowing whether or not to pump depends on whether or not baby gets sufficient milk when he nurses. This is where it would be helpful to see a LC, and have her observe baby nursing. You'd want to do a weigh-feed-weigh measurement at that time, to see if baby is getting enough milk when he nurses. Ideally, you'd take a professional scale home with you for a few days, and do your own weigh-feed-weigh measurements, just so you could get a sense of the average feeding. Babies' intake can vary widely!
Until you can see a LC, I think you want to be cautious about ditching the pump. Your baby only just figured out that he can latch, right? Give him a little time to figure out the mechanics of breastfeeding before you put the pump away. In practical terms, I think that means that you should continue to pump after feedings. If you find there's less milk in the breast than when you were exclusively pumping, that's a good indication that baby is transferring milk.
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