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Thread: Does a huge latch really matter?

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    Default Re: Does a huge latch really matter?

    i have a slight oversupply-which I do on purpose for him.
    Do you mean you are pumping in order to increase milk production? Taking a galactagogue?

    Could it be baby has made his "latch smaller" because so much milk is coming at once, he is handling the flow that way? Just a thought.

    I would never say breastfeeding is easy. But I would never say mothering is easy either. There are good and bad to nursing just like any other aspect of parenting. You have had an awful lot of interventions and stress, possibly more than seems necessary given the level of the problem, and I wonder if all that expert care is in fact becoming counterproductive.

    So if there were two weighted feeds done recently, and one showed .5 ounce transfer and the other 2.5, that actually sounds pretty normal to me. What did the LC say about it?

    I had OP with each of my three babies. Each one presented a different related challenge. My oldest spit up immensely and frequently. My second baby, like yours, clicked really loud. My friend who is an LC kept saying it was weird, but he gained fine and nursing was comfortable so I never worried about it. He was definitely the most gassy of my babies in terms of needing to burp after nursing. He was also huge and I had to nurse him in a weird position with me sitting on the edge of the couch and letting his legs dangle down between my legs. We also bedshared and after he nursed I had to prop him up against me and burp him while I stayed lying down. My third taught me about plugs and mastitis- 3 times! She was also the most colicky, although (or because?) she spit up much less than the others.

    I am not sure that you need your baby to eat larger amounts at a time. However, there are ways to try to increase per session intake if you like. Unfortunately they both will potentially make fast letdown and/or OP worse. One is to encourage baby to switch sides (nurse on both) each feeding. The other is to do breast compressions while nursing.

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    Default Re: Does a huge latch really matter?

    FWIW, neither of my babies ever did the huge-mouthful-of-breast thing. Neither of them ever had the latch you see in the pictures and videos, but they both gained well, met all the milestones, and had lots of energy. I was very concerned about it with my first, but the second time around I basically said "Whatever" and stopped worrying about it.

    I like this post called "Doing it Right", by Diane Wiessinger.

    ...we broke everything into tiny steps, created rules about how to do each step “right”… and the whole thing worked even less well. Now we began seeing non-latching babies! So we added more rules, and more, and mothers’ confidence eroded.

    When a baby learns to walk, he’s pretty awkward. He falls a lot, he wobbles, but no one says, “Oh dear, if you don’t take that baby to a specialist, he’ll never walk right.” Everyone knows he has the basics built in, and just needs time. Making him follow a detailed set of rules would probably drive him back to crawling!

    That’s what happened with breastfeeding. We laid down rules for something that had never had any, and we left mothers feeling incompetent and babies feeling totally confused.

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