I tried and tried with my little girl but she was so tiny when she was born that she would not latch. We tried nipple shields which worked for a little while but I had to quit at 3 months (never EBF :( ) because I stopped producing. Did a milk transfer assesment and even after 30 minutes of nursing she didn't even gain 1/10th of an ounce so we knew the problem was me. I still beat myself up over it. She's 6 months old now though and one of the happiest and healthiest babies I know.
My baby didn't latch until he was 5 or 6 weeks. I had lactation consultants, and we tried everything! We tried every day, but he just wouldn't latch. Usually he would "root" (shake his head) and he was very strong at birth, so we weren't able to hold his head still long enough to latch. One day I had not tried to breastfeed for a couple days (I was giving up), but I was holding him and he turned towards me and started sucking on my neck. He hadn't done that before, so I tried and he latched on (after a few tries). Once he latched the first time, he figured out that taking milk from mom was more difficult, but tasted better and was the right temperature (things he had been picky about with the formula and pumped milk). Soon after, my supply increased and I was able to stop supplementing around 3 months. He is now almost 8 months, and eats some solids, but also breastfeeds, and now I can see it was worth it to put the time in (even though I was ready to quit trying.) I really think he was just ready to try something new. If I had to do it again, I would probably only try breastfeeding every couple of days.
And, don't worry too much if your baby doesn't latch. They will grow up okay if they have formula!
Hi, great job keeping up with the breastfeeding. I agree with the others contact LLL or your lactation consultants at the hospital for help. I am currently breastfeeding my 4th child and I have had issues with 3 of them not gaining weight properly in the beginning. I had some help from both LLL and the hospital lactation consultants with my first child and I think I also may have taken my 3rd child to see the hospital lactation consultants. I have issues trying to get them to latch on correctly and to stay awake. However, if you can stick it out until these problems are fixed I find nursing to be much easier when they are a little older. My daughter is now 3 1/2 months and I am still supplementing a little to help with the weight gain because she was not gaining enough, but I am trying to mostly breastfeed. I have not really talked to anyone at LLL this time around, but I should also possibly still do that so I can just be able to breastfeed without supplementing. The one nice thing about having a bottle introduced early is if you ever need a babysitter or even for the baby to stay with Dad for awhile they take bottles well. Keep up the good work!
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First off, huge hugs. I agree with others about seeking help. A lactation consultant may be covered under your insurance so I would suggest contacting your doctor/your child's pediatrician. Your hospital may also have drop in lactation support groups. Good luck!!
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Hi there, sorry you are having such a rough time. Just wanted to chime in and say how well you are doing for continuing to work through the issues. I went through the exact same thing and gave up at 3 weeks. It seemed like the right thing at the time, but now it has been almost 12 months and I still haven't forgiven myself for quitting. I didn't seek professional help, so I would definitely encourage you to do that. That way you will know that you have tried everything.
I saw that you mentioned LLL, but if the hospitals in your area are convenient, the hospital where you delivered or your children's hospital might have lactation consultants on staff as well. Where I live the hospitals are more convenient than LLL.
Hang in there and please let us know how things are going.
Is anyone else having trouble with breastfeeding? What are you doing to fix it? I'm gonna start talking to La Leche League and see if they can help; if not, there's a lactation consultant company in Chicago that gets rave reviews on Yelp. Nothing I'm doing on my own is working, sadly. I fix one problem and we end up with another one.
Right now we're dealing with he doesn't want to latch at ALL. Or he'll latch and won't suck. He's been bottle fed from birth (as he was in the Nicu) and we've been fighting with breastfeeding since he was a few days old (He's 4 weeks now)
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