My baby is one week old and I'm having a lot of problems breast feeding him. When we left the hospital he was doing great but the next day he wouldn't stay latched on. I have been given a ton of advise but nothing has worked. I tried to feed him a little with a syringe and then see if he'd take the breast, but he latches, sucks a few times then starts yelling. I'm determined to breast feed! I've been pumping but I can only get 4 ounces every few hours so I feel like I'm constantly doing it. If I have to contact a lactation specialist than I will, but I'd rather not. Any advise would be great!
You have to contact the lactation nurse. You don't want a baby this young to lose any weight. Have you had his tongue checked to see if it's tied? A lactation nurse will help immensley, and they may even have one for free at the hospital you delivered at............they will know what's going on by watching. Hang in there!!!!!! And Congratulations!
Yes. contact a lactation consultant. I just read an article in Fit Pregnancy last night about this very same thing. The lady in the article experienced the same so she contacted a lactation consultant and they ironed out some issues.
Also look into using a lactation aid that for me was a syringe with a tube that went into the babies mouth (well in my case it went into the nipple shield that I wore as my nipples are flat and newborns have a hard time latching onto flat nipples.... ds mastered it at about 2 months). Alot of times the issue is that they are not getting immediate gratification and won't continue sucking until the milk lets down. This helps them to stay at the breast till the milk lets down.
Good luck...I know it's hard to pump and feed. My first was born with some difficulities and just never mastered nursing. We tried for a month and then I gave up and pumped till he was 7 months and fed him from the freezer ( I had TONS of milk) till he was 10 months. A good pump will help keep your supply up.
Hang in there and get help. I didn't get help with my first and well I had her on the bottle at 3 weeks and now with my second I had all kinds of help and it couldn't be going better. I had to do the same thing as jordyn with the syringe and tube but I had to tape it (ouch) but it worked.
Breast feeding is so hard especially when it is your first baby. Everything is so overwhelming but it will get easier. I was just too shy to ask for help the first time I am sure it likely would have worked out if I would have asked.
Oh yes it is best to get help from a specialist if you can. The day after we brought dd home my nipples started bleading. We stayed in the hospital 2 extra days for my dd jaundice and the nurses kept telling me that she was latched on right. Well the day after we went home my nipples started to bleed and it hurt so bad when she nursed that I was in tears. I called the midwives office and they transfered me to the lactation specialist and she had me come in right away. She said that she wasnt latched on properly and helped me very quickly. No more pain from that moment on (well till she started biting me lately). She gave me pure lanoline to help my nipples heal. They were cleared up in less than 24 hours. I was so glad that I called. I am still nursing and dd is 5 months old. I plan on nursing her until she is about a year old maybe longer we will see.
Good luck and if you can find a specialist in your area they are such wonderful help.
Thanks ladies! My babies pediatrician gave me a name and number yesterday of a woman who is supposed to be great so I have an appointment with her tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to getting some help 'cause I'm starting to get really upset that I can't feed my little guy straight from the breast.
Good for you Tiff, you won't regret it. YOu know even though bf took off so well for me and ds those first couple weeks I was so sure i was doing it wrong and he wasn't getting enough and whatever else that goes on I was sure I was doing it all wrong. But having my midwife's support made the whole difference for me. Turns out we were bf like pro's and it was my insecurities kicking in. I am so glad those first few weeks are over.
I had the exact same problem with my ds a couple of weeks ago when he was 4 weeks old. He would take a couple of sips and then pull off crying. I still dont really know what the problem was, but he stopped it himself. I was told it could be a number of things...
The milk might not be coming in quick enough, and he got cranky.
The milk was coming in too quickly and he couldnt handle it.
There was something in the milk that id eaten he didnt like the taste of, or I was eating something like stoned fruit or nuts that was giving him wind pains.
He had wind or reflux and didnt want to suck because he was uncomfortable or in pain.
Im not sure but I believe he has reflux (that usually he brought it half way up and swallowed it again) and that was the problem. I noticed eventually when he did it I would sit him up for a bit and calmed him down and he was more willing to give it a go. If its reflux the nurse told me to try and sit him up a bit more during the feed as that can help prevent it. He would take a bottle, where he was sitting upright, but everytime I lay him down for a breastfeed, he would cry and pull off.
Another interesting thing I was told that if he had been having pain that happened the same time he had fed, he would learn to associate it with the breasts, and it got to the point every time he even saw them, he started to cry.
Also it could have been he was getting a cold and had sore ears, because he kept hitting at them, and when you lay children down when they have sore ears it makes the pain worse.
Anyway theyre just some ideas. Taking some time, sitting him up when he got upset, staying calm and positive (although many times I was in tears from being frustrated) seemed to help us.
Good luck, and hang in there. Were always here to listen and be supportive in any way we can, xxx.