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    Unhappy Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Hi, my baby is 2 months and a half and during the past 3 weeks have been making a smack noise that is becoming worse and worse, not sure what do to. Started in some feedings and I noticed was when the milk came, maybe was too fast.. but now is from the start.. she latches and does the small fast strokes and when she starts to do the bigger movements, the noise starts and the latch changes.. she gets a lot of air in and my nipples are sore.. I change her position as well as the feeding position, but still the same.. no sure how much longer I can handle it. she does not have tie tongue. Anyone had this issue? Was it sort it? How??

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Welcome to the forum!

    2 questions for you:
    1. Have you tried using reclined nursing positions, where you are leaning way back or even lying down, with baby on top of you? This link has a good picture: http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html
    2. Do you happen to have a lot of milk? Clues to excess milk would be things like feeling frequently full or engorged, feeling very strong letdowns, seeing milk spray or stream from the breast if baby pulls off the breast during a letdown, being able to pump a huge amount of milk with very little effort.

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    Question Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Welcome to the forum!

    2 questions for you:
    1. Have you tried using reclined nursing positions, where you are leaning way back or even lying down, with baby on top of you? This link has a good picture: http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html
    2. Do you happen to have a lot of milk? Clues to excess milk would be things like feeling frequently full or engorged, feeling very strong letdowns, seeing milk spray or stream from the breast if baby pulls off the breast during a letdown, being able to pump a huge amount of milk with very little effort.
    Hi.. thank you for answering. I have tried some times that position, but with no success. I have big breasts and they are usually soft, so I think that can make it more difficult, not only this position, but all.. but I will try again, it has been while since I last tried, so maybe it is better this time.

    I don't think I have a lot of milk, I don't feel my breasts hard or even full to be honest, I have never seen any milk spray or stream and not either pump a lot, today I pumped 60 ml both breasts together.

    Ahh baby doesn't use pacifier or bottles, and she is gaining normal weight.

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    Default Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Hi I think giving laid back a try again is a good idea.
    I am not particularly large breasted but have heavy, pendulous breasts. I used laid back with my second two and it was so much more comfortable for baby and me.
    Experiment with it. It is a very adjustable position. Mom can be in any amount of recline, (from almost sitting straight up to almost laying down) and baby can be in any position.
    Other ideas:
    Have you tried putting rolled up towel or cloth under your breasts to support them while nursing?
    Breast sandwich to help baby get a deeper latch?
    One other possibility is thrush. This can cause latch pain, nipple pain, and even might make baby nurse oddly. It is a hard thing to diagnose and you will probably need to talk to the pediatrician, who may or may not know how to diagnose and treat it. I will attach some articles about all this.

    diagnoses/treatment of thrush: http://www.motherandchildhealth.com/...ky/thrush.html

    Breast sandwich (and many other ideas) for improving latch: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/

    More laid back info: http://www.calwic.org/storage/InfantLatchHandout5.pdf (mom in pic just needs to scooch her bottom forward a tiny bit more...)
    video: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
    several blog posts http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...-breastfeeding

    Please let us know if any of tyhis helps or not...can you see an IBCLC if necessary? A Lactation Consultant?

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    Default Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Good suggestions from Maddieb. I'd also suggest having her rechecked for tongue and lip ties. The soreness and loss of suction makes me think that a tie might have been missed, and having someone knowledgeable take a second look is probably a good idea.

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    Default Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    Hi,
    I have been trying the laid back position, so far not too good, but we keep practicing. I will see if someone else can check lip and longue ties.. she hasn't been doing this sound and lose of sucking since the beginning.. started 3/4 weeks ago.. very annoying.. if lip or tongue ties apply wouldn't that be from the beginning??

    I do use dippers under the breast to see if gets higher and harder, my breasts are too soft and lower... I have been trying for so long, I always hope we will wake up and everything will be past and it is all good.. out of nowhere.. big wishes...:-)

    Is there any LC you guys know in Stockholm/Sweden? I have been trying to find someone to come to my place and support me in my environment, not in the a center.

    Many thanks.
    Patricia

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    Default Re: Desperate - Baby loses suction during the whole feeding

    also i see no sign of thrush on me or her, but she does the click and has a lot of gazes, do you guys think it worth to start a thrush treatment and see if gets better??

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