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    My daughter was 30 days early. We did see a lactation specialist when she was readmitted to the hospital who said that she does not have the ability to nurse at this time, she even needs help with taking a bottle. I am pumping with hopes of being able to soon being able to breastfeed again. Any suggestions on making the transition? She is 11 days old right now. Thanks

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    Welcome to the forum mama!
    Congratulation's on the birth of your baby!
    Can you tell us about your birth, any complications? What reason the LC thought baby couldn't suckle. How often is baby eating, are you supplementing? How often are you pumping, how you feel that is going for you. Is baby spending time skin to skin? baby's weight now and lowest weight so far.
    Sorry the questions, just trying to get important details in order to share the best possible information!

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    I'm going to move your post to the section on breastfeeding premature infants. I will be back with more information soon.

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    My water broke at 35 weeks, natural birth, no complications. She spent 4 days in the hospital after being born for dehydration & jaundice. The LC thought she couldn't suckle because she had major problems feeding with me and has difficulty with the bottle(slowly getting better) Since being out of the hospital I am not supplementing. She is eating every 2 - 3 hours, pumping around the same. She does spend a little time skin to skin, she was 6 11 at birth, 6 7 when we left the hospital, 5 12 on day 4(day she was admitted to the hospital) and 6 7 day 9 when we were at the doctor.

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    So in 5 days she has put on 11 ounces. Thats great news mama! Good job!

    I asked about your birth to see if you had any epidurals, which can slow down a baby's natural reflex to root around for a nipple and suck. Because premature baby's enter the world wee bit early they can have a little lag getting the whole sucking thing down. This is pretty common.


    I understand that you want to get your baby back onto the breast? What a lucky baby! You can totally do it! It is hard to do all that pumping when you just want to hold your baby and breast feed.
    here are a bunch of great articles to read: http://www.llli.org/NB/NBpremature.html
    Have you given any thought to contacting your local La Leche leader for support?

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    Right now she isn't able to go back to the breast. I was looking for insight on ways to help when she does get to that point. The LC made it very clear to me that trying her prematurely will only cause stress to both of us so I am waiting until she is able to feed with the bottle without the extra help that she needs now(basically ways to encourage her to suck)

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    When my DD2 was learning how to breastfeed, it was a long process, and I felt as if I was fishing. I was all ready, but needed to wait for her to be ready. I can totally relate to you!

    I would suggest you to put your baby skin to skin in between your breast (kangaroo care) as long as you can everyday (I kangarooed DD2 for 1 1/2 to 3 horus everyday). Kangaroo care promotes babies intuition to breastfeed so well. My DD2 started to root for my breast and latched on when she was ready, for us it was about one month before her due date. I think it is OK for you to see whether she can lick/suckle your breast by putting her ON your breast, too (I tried this 2-3 weeks before she latched on).

    Basic info. on kangaroo care:
    http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/
    http://www.geocities.com/roopage/

    Good luck!
    - - - Penga (@ 32 weeks gestational) and my DH

    Mother of two girls:
    Sydney (born 10/31/01- nursed until 3 yrs & 10 mos)
    Penga (born 08/15/07 - former 25 weeker who loves to nurse)

    & no more!

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    Thanks! I will check out the links and definitely try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole'sMommy View Post
    My daughter was 30 days early. We did see a lactation specialist when she was readmitted to the hospital who said that she does not have the ability to nurse at this time, she even needs help with taking a bottle. I am pumping with hopes of being able to soon being able to breastfeed again. Any suggestions on making the transition? She is 11 days old right now. Thanks

    Congrats on the birth of your daughter -- and the terrific job you're doing caring for her! I’d 2nd, 3rd 4th (and more) spending as much time skin-to-skin with your baby as possible! Keep pumping and keep “practicing” breastfeeding via skin2skin. Your baby probably needs a bit more time to mature. As she matures, she’ll start rooting and seeking the breast. Skin2skin is probably the best way to allow a baby to transition to breast in her own time. I've included a couple of links to more info on this...

    http://www.todaysparent.com/baby/bre...18_5472&page=1 (also click on links to additional info)

    http://www.ameda.com/breastfeeding/elibrary/videos.aspx

    What do you think is the issue with feeding from a bottle? Is she super sleepy? Have you let her suck on your clean finger? If so, how does it feel to you?

    Keep us posted and let us know if there is other info that may be helpful...

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    She is extremely sleepy during the day.

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