Post # 1
Hi mummy bees
LO was born 8 days ago and we didn’t have any problems with breast feeding, the day we got home from hospital (3 days ago) he stopped latching, he now refuses to drink from me and I am having to express a few times a day and feed him from a bottle. Did anyone else have problems like this… If so, did you manage to sort it? How?
Post # 3
I had plenty of breastfeeding issues, although LO never refused to latch, he just did it badly. I highly suggest seeing a lactation consultant–they will have some suggestions and they may suggest a nipple shield, which helps some babies transition back to the breast. (Do not use one of these on your own, it’s important to use one under the supervision of a LC, especially so early.) Most insurances cover something like 3 consultations.
Had you given him a bottle before he refused to latch, or did he just all of a sudden start refusing? Have you tried different positions? (I felt totally awkward side-lying at the beginning, but have started doing it and it’s amazing.) Are you super full? Sometimes you need to express a bit of milk to help “soften” before babies can latch.
This has other suggestions, too. http://www.llli.org/faq/back.html
Nursing is hard! Keep at it! I wanted to quit so many times, but at 2 months, we turned a corner and it’s been so much better. (Now we’re just having problems with taking a bottle, which we used to do like a champ. Oh well…)
Post # 4
Also, do lots of skin-to-skin with the baby, whenever you can 🙂
Post # 5
I had tried all the different positions for feeding and I hand expressed to soften, still nothing. 🙁 I hadn’t given him a bottle until after he refused the breast and even that was only because in the 24 hour period he had oly fed twice (at the hospital) I will definitely call a LC 🙂
Post # 6
Hopefully your pediatricians office or hospital has an LC you can see. You may not be expressing enough before a feeding. If you had an epidural your body has a tendency to retain fluid for a while therefore you need to express all of the fluid first. I would get a bowl so I could manually express and therefore see when the color changes from clear to white and therefore I knew when I was ready. Good luck, breastfeeding is difficult and please don’t even fail like a failure, not saying you do but I know I did when I ran into problems.
Post # 7
I have a frend back home who had her daughter never latch properly. Something about her tongue always getting in the way. There was no way to properly correct this (Apparently you can do tongue snipping but she didn’t want to do that) and ended up just pumping & feeding via bottle. She tried nipple shields but it made the issue more difficult, so she just stuck to bottles. It was less frustrating for her and baby.
Her daughter is 2 or 3 now, so she turned out A-Okay.
Post # 8
My friend has the opposite problem then you, she can’t get her LO to take a bottle! Your hospital should have given you contact info for a lactation consultant. Go here. http://Www.lalecheleague.org