(Closed) Breastfeeding HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The first few weeks of BFing are really hard because Boyfriend or Best Friend babies eat A LOT. I remember a couple times just wanting a break. During this time, my husband really stepped up and did a lot of things around the house. Just relax. Enjoy being a new mom. Cuddle with your baby and watch some movies, read a book. It gets easier.

Post # 4
46263 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Even though you think he has a good latch, he may be nursing for a short time and nursing frequently because he, in fact, does not have a good latch, is not nursing effectively and comes off because he is frustrated.

Dr Jack Newman is an expert on this subject. On his website there are videos you can watch to see what effective sucking looks like.


Newborns do nurse frequently. I remember feeling like I had a new growth on my breast 24 hours per day! I did! He was my son!

Although they will have periods of cluster feeding, they do not normally need to nurse every hour.

It will get better. Check with a lactation consultant if things do not improve.

Post # 5
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I once had a baby that ate every hour on the hour. I know how you feel. Did your hospital provide you with a list of breas tfeeding support groups? I went the entire year I breast fed my 2nd baby, off and on with my 3rd and it probably saved my sanity. It was a relief to weigh the baby weekly too. My suggestions are to rub his palms, double check his lips and tongue. What positions are you using? I preferred the football hold. Another thing that may help is to massage your breasts right before a feeding so that they are softer and easier for him to latch onto. Also having some milk already on your nipple may entice him a bit. You may notice one breast lets down faster too, try starting with that one when he seems extra fussy. Good luck! 

Post # 6
2821 posts
Sugar bee

It might be a hard couple days while you get your milk back to the levels he needs. 

Just remember it’s not going to be this way forever, just a few more days.

Try just resting easy and snuggle in bed with your little one, watch a movie, read a book, let him latch and unlatch when he needs to.  Your breasts need the stimulation to know how much he needs to eat and he needs the reassurance that he can get milk in his belly.  Practice a few different positions nursing and maybe you’ll find that you two prefer some positions more than others.  

It might seem like you’re nursing so much right now but your body is just trying to figure out how much to produce.  Let hubby make dinner the next few days or order out and let him cluster feed to his hearts content.  It will get better after a few days.

Post # 7
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

oh yes, i had a baby that ate alllllll the time the first few weeks.  I don’t think I really left my bed all that much.  it was my sanctuary- where I could nurse quietly and read all those baby books.

Your sweet baby will eventually taper off the sessions (but probably “cluster feed” again at growth spurts).  You are doing great!

Post # 8
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I too had a c-section and it took a few days for my milk to come in, the hospital pediatrician wanted me  to supplement immediately with formula/bottle because apparently my son was not eating enough, although he only lost 3% and billirubin was 0, apparently he likes to see all babies eat well before discharge. I was so upset and finally when the lactation nurse came to see me we decided to  use a supplemental nursing system, basically a little tube that we ran beside my breast and latched the baby on and fed him so that he would take to nursing vs feeding via bottle,  we fed him small amounts of formula by pushing a syringe hooked up to the tube this lasted just about until he was 5 days old. Honestly the lactation consultant listened to me and was the best advocate for helping me get the baby to latch and stay latched. My little guy was eating every hour or so for the first few days/weeks and i too felt drained and exhausted. We are going on week 11 now and its going great. Good luck, you can do it!

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