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    Default Back to breast at 6 weeks

    Hi Everyone,

    My baby is now 6 weeks old and has been bottle fed for about 4 now. When I gave birth I tried latching her right on, but being a FTM I wasn't sure what I was doing (and didn't receive much support at the hospital) and it soon ended up with my nipples being severely cracked and bleeding (my nipples are kinda flat, so baby had a hard time latching on correctly although she had great rooting reflex). So after ten days of excruciating pain I was forced to start pumping milk waiting for my nipples to fully heal, which took about 2 weeks. After that, my baby got used to bottles and bringing her back to the breast has proved unsuccessful. I met three times with a LC, but sadly I wasn't impressed with her, she didn't solve my issue at all, I felt like she only told me what I wanted to hear.. My issue is that I would love to go back to BF exclusively (since luckily I am able to stay at home) and put away pump and bottles, which are a huge hassle. Problem is I have a very gassy baby with some spit up issues, do you think this could have been cause by me accidentally overfeeding her during her first month? Every tine I now try to nurse she squirms like a snake, might latch on for 4-5 min and then pushes away.. She's also a big cryer (yay lucky me) and goes crazy if she doesn't get what she wants right away.. I am by myself here in NY (ma whole family is back in Italy), so I don't have the support I need from them (advice, help in general) which is driving me crazy especially when I don't get any sleep at night because of my fussy baby (it's been a really rough month and a half) and not being able to nurse took such a great toll on me, I feel discouraged and as if baby is not bonding with me because of that, it's painful.. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Default Re: Back to breast at 6 weeks

    I'm so sorry, alicec1985, we seem to have missed this one! I can imagine how stressful and discouraging it is to have your baby push away when you try to nurse. And I'm sorry the LC wasn't helpful. Did she suggest trying an at-breast supplementer (SNS or Lact-Aid)? I'm wondering if that could be a way to help your baby transition to associating milk with the breast instead of the bottle.

    Do you know if you have a La Leche League Group near you? There's a map of the Groups in NY here: http://www.lllny.org/local-support.html . I'd definitely recommend getting in touch with the local LLL Leaders for some support. They may also be able to recommend some other LCs who could help you better.

    Hang in there! You're doing a wonderful thing for your baby by pumping. Exclusive pumping is pretty much the worse of both worlds. I'm in awe of moms who can stick with it as long as you have. Your baby is lucky to have such a dedicated mom!

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    Default Re: Back to breast at 6 weeks

    Have you seen this article?

    Help, My baby Won't Nurse : http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

    Sometimes it takes trying the same thing many many times before it clicks. Your baby is still very young. Some babies do not learn to latch until they are several months old or even older. It is amazing how babies can be brought back to the breasts even after months of not nursing. It is not easy, but be assured it is possible.

    Problem is I have a very gassy baby with some spit up issues, do you think this could have been cause by me accidentally overfeeding her during her first month?
    Usually Spit up and gas are entirely normal. Why do you think baby might have been overfed- do you mean with bottles? Or at the breast?
    Overfeeding with bottles is unfortunately very easy to do. This can also lead to baby refusing the breast. Below I will link info on paced bottle feeding, this feeding method will help with these issues.

    If you mean baby was getting lots of milk at the breast, that might indicate a fast letdown. This is usually not a big problem but sometimes can cause a baby to be unhappy at the breast or to even refuse to nurse because the flow is too fast for them. If you think this might still be happening, try laid back breastfeeding positions (baby on top) these are good positions any way for encouraging nursing but can specifically also help with fast letdown.

    Fast letdown/ laid back: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...-breastfeeding
    Laid back video with explanations. I like it but I wish she showed different amounts of lean. Some moms are not comfortable leaning that far back. Just a little lean is ok too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiT6wPC6iIc
    many Positioning ideas to try: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/
    more laid back info: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

    feeding the non-latching baby: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ching_baby.pdf

    Paced bottle feeding http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs

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    You and I are in the same boat. My baby is 4 weeks old and because he won't drink from my breast because the milk was too slow I fed him with expressed breast milk for the last 4 weeks. Now I am having so much trouble too! My LC says to practice a lot. Offer the beast often, but my son just cries and cries at the breast

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