Re: Shallow, painful latch with 34-weeker who just reached t
That's terrific! The average intake at the breast is 2-4 oz. Of course the will be larger and smaller feedings in the mix, as well. But the fact that your baby is able to get such significant amounts is really reassuring that whatever his latch issues are, he's able to get his meals.
I rented a Medela baby weigh scale and breastfed him for the last three feeds. I weighed him to see how much he took in. I was ecstatic because he took so much. He took 4 ounces in about 20 minutes! At the next feed he took about 3 ounces in under 10 minutes, and an hour later he had 1.7 ounces.
I think it's a good idea. If it starts causing you trouble, you could always go back to what you were doing previously. If you do it, just watch the baby's diaper output- if that remains normal, he's getting enough to eat- and pump the right side. I know you're so distressed about the right that you're prepared to let it dry up, but I would encourage you not to do that yet for the following reasons. First, it's always nice to have a spare breast, just in case something happens to the one you prefer to use. And second, even though you are currently having difficulties, there's every reason to expect that things will improve with time, at which point you may want to start using both breasts.
His latch was still a bit painful, although the last time I fed him it felt a bit better. I also end up with a lipstick shaped nipple at the end and the pain is a pinching that lasts through the whole feed. I had this idea that maybe I could try for the next couple of days to exclusively breastfeed on my left side. Maybe he'd have a better time learning to latch if I just did away with the bottles all together. What do you think?
It depends on what is causing his latch issue. If he's compressing the nipple in order to control a fast flow, then a less abundant supply and slower letdowns would reduce his need to clamp down on you. But if the latch issue stems from something like a tongue tie, or a small mouth, or a tight jaw, then changing your supply may not help much or even at all.
If I got my supply under control, could this help with his latch?
Before you decide to control your supply, I would give baby a little more time to manage it on his own, just by nursing more.
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