Re: Should I just pump?
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Your pediatrician suggests you EP, but it's not your pediatrician who is going to be getting up at 3 a.m. and hooking him/herself up to the pump while trying to bottlefeed the crying baby with his/her third hand! People are quick to suggest EP because they won't actually have to do it. If they did, they would probably suggest that EP be a last resort, something you try after all else has failed and you've been trying to master breastfeeding for several months, not several weeks. Especially with a baby who was mildly early.
A lot can change as your baby grows, and her mouth grows, and as she wakes up more and more. And the fact that she can get an ounce at the breast is great- that means that she does have the drive and ability to transfer milk. She probably just needs to grow a bit more.
Did the LC check her carefully for tongue and lip ties?
Also, have you tried switch nursing? With switch nursing, you put the baby on breast A, let her nurse, and as soon as she starts to doze off, you take her off the breast, burp her or change her diaper, and then put her on breast B. If she falls asleep on breast B, you switch her back to breast A. You repeat the process as many times as necessary, until she will no longer wake. It's a really good technique for very sleepy babies, because it teaches them that they have to be businesslike at the breast, instead of lazing around dozing and sucking lightly. The moment the baby starts slacking off, mom is going to annoy her.
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