Re: 1 mo old w/ inefficient latch. Too late to correct?
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on making it through the first month of nursing!
I have some questions for you, which might help us figure out how to help you best:
- How does nursing feel?
- How has baby's weight gain been? (It would be helpful if you could provide a complete history- birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each check-up.)
- Has baby been jaundiced at all, and is she still jaundiced?
When a mom has a slow letdown, you're correct to suspect a difficulty with latching. But it's not always the latch- sometimes a baby will have a great latch but will be sleepy or a "lazy" nurser and won't be particularly good at stimulating a good fast flow of milk. Sometimes the issue is that the baby has a tongue or lip tie which prevents the baby from getting a good latch. Probably the most common cause of long and frequent feedings is just the nature of the newborn baby- they tend to be relatively weak, relatively slow feeders, and it can take several months for them to become efficient and effective at the breast. If you're just patient, this problem will almost surely go away- but hopefully we can figure out a way to accelerate that process!
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