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    Unhappy Not latching

    I was just wondering if there are other moms out there who are going through what my baby and I are right now. She's three weeks old, and has never latched on. The first week, she got really jaundiced, and lost almost a pound and we had to start supplementing with formula because my milk hadn't come in yet. Now I am pumping and we are almost completely off the formula because my milk supply has gone up, but she still won't latch at all!

    We are seeing lactation specialists, and they are really supportive and helpful (they helped get her weight, and my milk supply up), but I could use a little encouragement from people who have been there and seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I don't want to pump forever, I want to nurse!

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    I know what you are going through and s to you. Don’t give up, it will get easier if you keep at it. My DS would not latch either and I found that nipple shields worked well for us. A lot of moms don’t care for them but they are the only reason we are nursing now instead of just pumping. However, they can be very hard to wean off of. It took me two weeks and very sore nipples to wean DS off of the shields, but IOM it was worth it. These wonderful mommas should be able to offer more help.

    Formerly known as Huntersmomma
    Momma to 3 yr old Hunter proudly breast fed until 2 & 1/2
    Expecting baby #2, Due in Jan 2011

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    Default Re: Not latching

    Ok, here's some encourgement...there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I had the same problem with my LO, he was jaundiced and I had to supplement with formula as well to get weight gain and clear up the jaundice b/c my of my milk supply.

    I am using a nipple shield...and am in the process of weaning him off of it. But, it got us through the tough times. When using the shield, might I suggest starting off with it to help encourage a latch, and then midway through your nursing, take it off. Your LO should continue to nurse without it. The nipple shield will help bring out the nipple more for an easier latch. Also, try expressing some milk and rubbing it on your nipple so she will taste the milk...it can encourage a latch. If you do use the shield too much, your nipples will let you know! The packaging may say that it helps with them, I disagree to an extent. I am going through some real soreness now, and cringe when it is time for him to nurse on my sore side.

    I know a lot of mothers don't like to encourage the use of a shield, and it is very difficult to wean them off of it. But, if you just use it to get the bf started, I don't see how your LO can become too dependent on it.

    I hope this helps, and trust me, things will get easier!
    Last edited by AimeeS; September 9th, 2007 at 07:41 PM.

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    It gets so much better!!! Both of my girls were jaundiced severly but I never used formula. With dd#1 I didn't think we would ever make it. I seriously said everyday that I was going to quit nursing. I had the hardest time getting her latched, my boobs would be engorged and she just couldn't latch on no matter how much I pumped. Our LC let us use the nipple shield and it took only a few days before she got the hang of it. I would use the shield to get her latched on and let her nurse for a few minutes and then when she would take a break I would pull her off, remove the shield and then put her back to the breast. The shield kind of helped get the nipple erect, sounds corny I know. Seriously had we not used the shield we would not have made it!! We got to the point where we didn't need it but I kept them in case I needed them for future babies and I did use one with dd#2 to give my nipples a break!! It gets better!!!

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    I just wanted to add that nursing in a warm bath also helped DS latch on. Our LC suggested that I bathe with DS then nurse him in the tub covering him with a towel. It really did help relax both of us. Just watch out for the slippery baby.

    Formerly known as Huntersmomma
    Momma to 3 yr old Hunter proudly breast fed until 2 & 1/2
    Expecting baby #2, Due in Jan 2011

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    Default Re: Not latching

    We couldn't latch on at all in the hospital and were supplementing. But the lactation counselor had us use a nipple shield. I will admit we are now stuck with it and trying to wean. However I would rather bf for 2 years using a shield that have just pumped or not been able to! The shield completely did the trick and he would latch on no problem at all, while with out he was like NO WAY Good luck, and I wish I had the advice of the other ladies from the beginning about taking it off part way.

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    Thanks for the encouragement! I actually have a nipple shield, but had never heard of anyone using them before. My next lactation appointment is tomorrow and anything is worth trying at this point.
    Mama to DD#1 Exclusive pumper for 3 months before getting back to breast

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    DD#2 Straight from the tap since birth

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    Hi paigekitten you are not alone with this problem. We lost a pound in the hospital also because my daughter wouldn't latch on my flat nipples. We used shield and this is the reason why we are still BF at 3 weeks, I weaned her off in one week and now we are latching on ok, it still takes good 5 times before she will do it right. I think in our case it was worth using the shield 100%. I was so disappointed and stressed in the beginning I didn't want to pump forever I always was positive I'm going to BF and when I couldn't I felt terrible, but thanks to the LC in the hospital we used those shields and my dream to nurse came true. So I think you will too succeed for sure with the little help and advise just keep trying here is some support for you

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