Baby doesn't suck hard enough at breast? Help

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m sorry. *Hugs*

This used to happen with DD. Have you tried expressing your breast first, just a little bit manually? This used to help sometimes, but I eventually had to start exclusively pumping because she was losing too much weight. Hope this works or the other bees have some advice that could help. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have a lactation consultant your area?  They can be a huge help in figuring out why a baby is having difficulty eating.  There are a lot of things that could be causing the problem.  One of the possibilities is a lip or tongue tie.  For some having a lip or tongue tie corrected can make all the difference in the world when nursing.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely check out kellymom.com-there is tons of wonderful advice/troubleshooting on there. How often are you nursing him? Do you feel your let down?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Maybe a warm cloth and a little massage just before he latches on would help?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@Sunshine09:  I’ve heard that some kids can just be “lazy suckers” and when you’re engorged the milk comes out so much more easily that they get spoiled by it. My daughter was one of those that would pull off and cry every ten seconds, it really frustrated me but I just kept trying to be patient and she eventually sipped doing it. I second PP, speak with a lactation consultant 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Does your LO get many bottles?  I’m wondering if your LO is too used to the faster flow of the bottle and dislikes having to work for his milk when your breasts aren’t engorged.  Kellymom has a great resource regarding bottled feeding to help combat the issue of bottle preference – here’s the link: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/

 

You could also try taking a “nursing vacation” and spend a weekend just concentrating on nursing (no bottles) so that LO has to get sucking to get his milk!

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