Hi, I posted last week about how my two week old was not latching and not gaining weight. Since then, I have attended a breastfeeding medical clinic that supposedly has the experts in breastfeeding. After being see, the Dr. assessed that my daughter and I had three challenges to overcome: One of my nipples was flat, the other inverted, my daughter has a retracted chin, and she is showing very poor suck ability, despite a good latch. So they gave me a nipple shield, told me to try each side for 10 minutes, then top off with the bottle. Fast forward a few days,and we go in for a second assessment. While LO did gain weight, it seemed like it mostly came from bottle supplementing, as she would sometimes take 2 oz after bf'ing for the 10 minutes each side. So they said she was having major difficulty with sucking, and should be just given the bottle for a few days to improve her suck (A method I had never heard of before). In the meanwhile, I was supposed to stop trying to put her to the breast (Another bizarre request, I thought, but I followed through). So today I had my third appointment. and when they weighed her after she fed on one breast, she took less than an ounce with the nipple shield. Personally, I thought this was progress, since at least she was getting something from the breast! But they seemed discouraged. They said I could continue what I was doing ( Bf'ing each side for 10 minutes with nipple shield, then pumping and giving the rest in a bottle), or I could consider just pupming exclusively or even giving formula! Now, I know it may take awhile for LO to become strong enough to nurse exclusively from the breast, but am I crazy to think that this may even work? Also, is the regimen they have me on the best way to go? After I got home, I nursed my LO for a longer period of time (maybe 40 minutes total), and she didn't even want the bottle after that. so maybe I am giving up on her too quickly at the breast? Ladies, tell me what you think about this situation!
Gwynne June 9/07