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    Question 29 days early & a weekn in the NICU - BF issues

    Camden was early, extracted by C-section, and I wasn't allowed to attempt to feed him till nearly 4 days after his arrival.

    While I am truly thankful to the nurses of the NICU and consider them a God Send, I feel like something was stolen from me now that Camden won't latch and I'm a SAHM and still have to pump every 3 hours.

    He was 6lbs at birth and had respiratory issues which facilitated his stay in the NICU. He was discharged 6 days later with a clean bill of health at 5lbs 10oz and at his first Peds appt a week later, he had surpassed his birth weight by 1.4oz, so he was 6lbs 1.4oz.

    We still spend time attempting to latch and feed, but not having any luck. I'm a 'large' breasted woman and am hoping that isn't the problem. I've been in touch with my local LLL Leader and haven't heard back from her. If nothing by tomorrow, I'll go outside my area to the next LLL Leader for help.

    I want Camden to reap the benefits of BF. And I want to continue to lose weight and hopefully some of my breast size that came with pregnancy.

    I have a number of brochures on BF and the technics and have tried all of them, I've even gotten help while in the NICU from several nurses there, anyone with any helpful tips that worked for you?
    Kerri

    Camden -- 29 days early & a NICU Graduate; BD 07-11-10, 6lbs, 19.5" approx'ly. "1 and done, especially at 38."

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    Hi mama...congratulations on your LO! Glad to hear everyone is home and doing well! I don't have time to answer right now, but I will be back. In the meantime, have you been able to read any of the threads here in the preemie forum? There will probably be some info in some of the more recent ones that can help. Be back soon.

    Also, you said you have tried the techniques you have read in your info, what specifically have you tried?
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    Hi Mama, congrats on your little one! I understand and empathize with the feeling that something was stolen from you in this whole experience. It's not the way you expected things to happen and that's hard.

    Can you go into a little more detail about what you've tried and what happened when you did? How old is your baby now?
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    In NICU for 2 months


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    Don't wait too long get in touch with a lll leader or ibclc soon with a little work you should be able to get th baby to latch and ditch the pump good job pumping and providing breastmilk! Premature babies need mamas milk even more
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*3boysmomma View Post
    Don't wait too long get in touch with a lll leader or ibclc soon with a little work you should be able to get th baby to latch and ditch the pump good job pumping and providing breastmilk! Premature babies need mamas milk even more

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    If you can afford it, you might consider going straight to an IBCLC for professional, hands-on help. An LLL Leader can give you suggestions over the phone (and some are able to do home visits, but not all), but when latch is an issue it's important to have someone beside you helping with getting the baby positioned well and latched on.

    In the meantime, do you have a hospital-grade rental pump?

    Hang in there.
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    Default Re: 29 days early & a weekn in the NICU - BF issues

    I started off by reading the book my Lacation specialist gave me while in the Hospital, Breastfeeding 101 (2nd edition - revised & expanded) by Sue Tiller, R.N. I also read the booklet, "At Home with Your Baby" the hospital provided.

    We attempt BF'ing for 10 to 15 minutes before every bottle and have since the 4th day in the NICU when I was first allowed to attempt to feed him.

    We've tried the 'cross my heart', the 'football carry' and the 'cradle me' positions, all without any real luck at either latching or staying latched. He has latched and drawn from me, but always seems to tire or get destracted and stops nursing.

    I am also using a Boppy and changing position often, so as not to bore him. I don't know if I'm actually doing ALL I can do, but I'm hoping that by contacting the LLL Leader in my area, she'll be able to help me more with this.

    Thanks,
    Kerri

    Camden -- 29 days early & a NICU Graduate; BD 07-11-10, 6lbs, 19.5" approx'ly. "1 and done, especially at 38."

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    Default Re: 29 days early & a weekn in the NICU - BF issues

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLKaren View Post
    If you can afford it, you might consider going straight to an IBCLC for professional, hands-on help. An LLL Leader can give you suggestions over the phone (and some are able to do home visits, but not all), but when latch is an issue it's important to have someone beside you helping with getting the baby positioned well and latched on.

    In the meantime, do you have a hospital-grade rental pump?

    Hang in there.
    I am planning to visit with a professional, I'm waiting on my letter of authorization from my Health Care provider. And I have a pump of my own, the Medala Advanced and it's working great. I'm producing 4 ozs every 3 hrs.
    Kerri

    Camden -- 29 days early & a NICU Graduate; BD 07-11-10, 6lbs, 19.5" approx'ly. "1 and done, especially at 38."

    ♥ ♥ Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and love like a friend. ♥ ♥

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    Default Re: 29 days early & a weekn in the NICU - BF issues

    So what happens when you attempt to latch him? Sometimes if you express a little milk onto your nipple first it can entice the baby.

    Here's a good link with good info about latching.

    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...uteHelper.html
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    Emmalynn Marie
    Born at 37 weeks on 12/22/06
    5lbs 1oz 19 1/2in

    Owen Charles
    Born at 29 wks 6 days on 01/17/09
    2lbs 14oz 15in
    In NICU for 2 months


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