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    Default new mom - problems with latching

    hi everyone!! i'm new to the forum and a new mom, Ruan is now 19 days old and we're still having problems with latching ...

    some feeds go like a dream and then the next one he'll be tugging and screaming ...

    i've been through the forums and really find all your comments so helpfull, but is it normal to still struggle every now and then, 19 days down the line????

    he's doing very well, gaining weight, so he's eating enough, it's just a pain getting him latched sometimes - especially when he's slept for a long time and my breasts are full ..

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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    Latch problems are normal and hard to correct . The best advice I can give it to not let him "get away" with a bad latch, and stick it out. It will be worth it in the end!!!


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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    I had a rough start and the latch was a struggle for about 6 weeks. Sometimes it was fine, at other times it was very difficult and I was sore. I found the problem started disappearing a lot faster when I cut out all artificial nipples (pacis and bottles.) The improvement overall was gradual though. I also found it was worse at night or when I was full. Sometimes I pumped off just a tiny bit, like enough to get letdown, if I got really frustrated.

    Keep at it, you're doing a good job, don't give up!!
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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    I had issues till about 8 weeks.

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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    thanx so much everyone, then i won't give up ...

    i'm waiting for the day it just happens ...

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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    Quote Originally Posted by Marinda View Post

    he's doing very well, gaining weight, so he's eating enough, it's just a pain getting him latched sometimes - especially when he's slept for a long time and my breasts are full ..
    Sounds like bf is going well as far as your supply then.

    How long is bb sleeping for, what the longest stretch of time between bf sessions? Have you tried reverse pressure softening? Make a peace sign and press the fingers around the nipple back towards the chest wall. Hold for a few seconds, then attempt latching. It moves some of the milk away from the nipple area to make latching easier for tiny mouths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    Sounds like bf is going well as far as your supply then.

    How long is bb sleeping for, what the longest stretch of time between bf sessions? Have you tried reverse pressure softening? Make a peace sign and press the fingers around the nipple back towards the chest wall. Hold for a few seconds, then attempt latching. It moves some of the milk away from the nipple area to make latching easier for tiny mouths.

    during the day he eats every 2/3 hours, his last feed's at about 21:00, then he sleeps until 02:30, feeds and then wakes up about 06:30 ....

    thanx i'll give the reverse pressure softening a try ...

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    3 months for us before everything was going smoothly! Keep it up!
    Andrea - mama to Laith 02.20.07 and Sommer 01.21.11
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    Default Re: new mom - problems with latching

    thanx SO much for the help,i tried the reverse pressure softening last night and it worked like a dream ... i was back in bed, him fed, nappy cleaned and sleeping again within 40 min's .... no fighting and fussing!!!

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    Excellent!

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