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Thread: Breastfeeding Help
June 22nd, 2013 01:12 PM #1
Before anyone says "see a specialist" I've seen a specialist. I tried everything I was told and it failed.
Persephone is almost 3 weeks old and she 98% of the time refuses to breastfeed. She knows how to latch. When she decides to take my nipple, she latches fine. I have PLENTY of milk. The problem is, most of the time she just cries around my nipple. I've tried:
1) The cradle hold, the cross-cradle, the football hold, and several made up positions that work sometimes and others not.
2) Pumping. My pump is crap. I don't have the money to buy a good one at the moment and can't go to WIC right now as I think we are making slightly over the money requirements.
3) Squeezing my milk out and then trying to get her to latch.
4) Presenting when she's mostly asleep. This worked for a while then she hated it too.
5) Putting some formula on my breast since she likes it and she screams.
6) Giving her the bottle and swapping for my nipple quickly.
7) Nipple shields. She cries around those too...
I had to start giving her formula in a bottle because she wasn't eating enough and she stopped peeing and got dehydrated so I was forced to by the Doctor. She isn't confused about the nipples because, like I said, when she decides to cooperate, she latches perfectly fine and drinks as much as she supposed to. She's just not doing it most of the time and I don't know why. Help?Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^ Call me Dantea or Remy
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June 22nd, 2013 01:16 PM #3Senior Member
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June 22nd, 2013 01:21 PM #5
Congrats on little Persephone! My Aniella is about 6 weeks, and we have just now settled into a good BF'ing routine. So it does take time. First, good for you for continuing to try! BFing is hard work. I'm not sure most people realize just how hard it can be and how much work and effort it takes at first for the mama. So go you! I also gave formula in the beginning because Ella was diagnosed with jaundice before my milk came in. I was so nervous it was going to "ruin" BFing, but she has been fine, and we still regularly go back and forth between nursing, bottles of pumped breast milk and bottles of formula. Nipple confusion be damned!
One issue that Ella and I were having was that her mouth was so small it seemed very difficult for her to get the nipple and surrounding tissue in her mouth. So what I did was to squeeze the nipple between my fingers in like a scissor motion to help her get what she needed to get into her mouth. You mentioned latch isn't a problem, but just thought I'd share what worked for us.
Another thing that I noticed was that sometimes after she latched, the surrounding breast tissue would cover her little nostrils and make it hard for her to breathe. Then she would unlatch so that she could take a breath! So I started gently pulling back some of my breast so that I made sure I could see her nostrils, giving her room to breathe.
Also, could Persephone be congested? I know Ella won't stay latched or feed well if she's stuffy. and I'm sure the specialist mentioned this, so sorry if I'm repetitive but what about your diet? I had to cut out a few foods/beverages because it didn't sit well with Ella.
Thats all I can think of for now! Good luck!proud mama to Aniella Juniper 5.10.13
June 22nd, 2013 01:29 PM #7
oh! about the pump. I know what you mean. the hospital grade ones that are designed to faciliate and maintain milk supply are pricey (think like $300). I was lucky enough to be gifted a used medela electric pump in style, and I just had to buy all the replacement parts (tubing, bottles, etc). But when I gave birth, the hospital said that if I didn't have a pump, they could provide one for me, and I would only have to pay a copay. It's only been 3 weeks since you had her, so maybe check into the hospital's policy regarding pumps?proud mama to Aniella Juniper 5.10.13
June 22nd, 2013 02:11 PM #9Senior Member
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With the healthcare reform, most insurance companies are required to cover a breast pump for new moms up to a year after birth. I called my insurance company and they had me call this medical supply company and provide their info and I got a breast pump mailed to me. A few insurance companies managed to be grandfathered out of it, but most, including I believe medicaid, should cover it.Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13