Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
10 replies [Last post]
cinemagrrl
cinemagrrl's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/10/2009

I've had trouble getting the hang of breast feeding. Andreas lost 12% of his body weight in hospital so we had lots of pressure to supplement. I held out and waited for my milk to come in. My nipples were absolutely raw trying to get him to latch during this time. Eventually he went on a nursing strike. I panicked because we have been trying to fatten him up. So I started pumping and giving breast milk in bottle. I didn't want to because I was worried about nipple confusion. Andreas has now gained his weight back plus 4 oz. He is also back on the breast. I have been giving him bottles at night, so I wouldn't have to pump every two hours and my husband can give bottles. But I think this is causing problems with his latch. My nipple comes out of his mouth squished and I can feel his tongue on the underside of my nipple. It rubs like sandpaper. My nipples had healed when I was exclusively pumping. But they are back on the road to scabby horrible-ness. Any suggestions? Please help!

__________________

 ~Dana
Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Lishwa
Lishwa's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/02/2009

Yes, I would say get a Medela nipple shield. I was given one in the hospital, apparently because they didn't think that Vanessa would get a good latch onto what I have, so I used this shield and have also tried to go without the shield, I don't know but I will use the shield for her and for the next one. It protects your skin so there is not direct contact but pulls your nipple into a cone shape so that the baby can suckle very well. We give Vanessa bottles and the breast and she latches on to both without any confusion because the shield basically mimics that of a bottle. Seriously, get one and try it. I think they're like $8 at BRU and worth every penny. A little bit of water or lanolin will help it stick to your skin, but once he has a latch, the suction makes it stick. I would recommend this to anyone.
I would also recommend trying different holds. I always use the football hold. For some reason when I use the 'across the body' hold, her latch seems to hurt a little bit. I feel better when I do a modified football hold because I sit leaning against the headboard, she sits next to me facing the headboard and I put a pillow behind her and pull her up to my breast to latch. That way I feel good about her sitting up and it's easy to get her off the nipple to burp her. I have a 'My Breast Friend' pillow too that I have used a few times, but I just feel uneasy with her basically laying down and drinking. It makes me nervous.
Here's the link to the site where it talks about the shields....let me know if you try it and if it works for you!
http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/112/nipple-shields
ALSO, if you go buy one, invest in the gel pads. Just buy 2, you can reuse them for a couple days. They are SO relieving to sore nipples. It's like cool gel pads that you wear like a nursing pad and they are WONDERFUL!!!
Hope this helps!! Smile

__________________

*Lisa*
Our Blueberry Vanessa is here! 10-12-10!!

cinemagrrl
cinemagrrl's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/10/2009

THanks, Lisa. I will look into a shield. I'm also going to try and find a lactation consultant. We can't afford one, but I'm desperate at this point. I figure the money we'll save BFing should cover the cost, right?

__________________

 ~Dana
Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Lishwa
Lishwa's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/02/2009

The hospital didn't have one on staff for you to talk to? That is something that most hospitals do for new moms. That's who introduced me to the shield. I hope that the shield works. The other thing that they told me is that when you go to give the baby the breast, smoosh it down a little bit, as if you were putting a big burger into baby's mouth. Good luck! Look into a local La Leche League too. Some of the people (i hear) can have some strong opinions, but it never hurts to see what they say.
Here's a link to some of their Q & A
http://www.llli.org/resources.html

__________________

*Lisa*
Our Blueberry Vanessa is here! 10-12-10!!

Lovemybabies
Lovemybabies's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/20/2009

I had to use the shield too because Lillian wasn't showing interest in eating when she was first born so they insisted on giving her formula. So when I started trying to bf the latching on was not working so well. My pediatrician did tell me that it's better to go all natural so she encouraged me to get rid of the shield. I would say Lillian was about 2 months when I finally got her to start latching on exclusively. My nipples were so soar at first especially since I was going back and forth with the shield. But I say give the shield a try. It will definitely help with switching from breast to bottle. Once the craziness of a having a newborn has settled down some you could always go back to trying to get him to latch on if you want. And yes the lanolin cream helps too. My hospital has a bf'ing support group that meets once or twice a month. Maybe you could find something like that in your area. Good luck!!!

__________________

- Emily
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
Lilypie Second Birthday tickers
Daisypath Anniversary tickers

anna
anna's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/26/2009

Olivia basically destroyed one of my nipples to the point of it bleeding from poor latches, the one thing I found worked was the Lanolin lotion, warm soaked tea bags on the nipples for a few mins a night (I know it's weird but it totally helped) and changing the position I was holding her. I found that on the right breast she would latch great but the left not good at all. So I held her head the same way on the left as on the right and it worked. Obviously I had to do a different position, I went from across the body to football hold on the left side and that did the trick. Once she started eating well I was able to change the position again to something a little more comfy.

__________________

 

cinemagrrl
cinemagrrl's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/10/2009

OMG, thank you everyone for the suggestions. I'll keep you posted. I really hope this works out. I love the idea of breastfeeding. I just hope I can.

__________________

 ~Dana
Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Lovemybabies
Lovemybabies's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/20/2009

Yes it is wonderful! It has helped me go below my pre-baby weight in 4 months.

__________________

- Emily
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
Lilypie Second Birthday tickers
Daisypath Anniversary tickers

Lishwa
Lishwa's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/02/2009

Dana, how has it been going? Any better?

__________________

*Lisa*
Our Blueberry Vanessa is here! 10-12-10!!

cinemagrrl
cinemagrrl's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/10/2009

Well, sometimes I can say things are improving. He will latch pretty well and there will be no pain or irritation. Other times, he still wiggles his tongue around or shortens the latch and causes irritation. When he does it, I pull him off and put him back on. He'll usually do it again. I think when the flow slows, he gets impatient and tries to help the milk out with his tongue. I also have a hard time getting him to open his mouth wide. I think this is directly due to using a bottle. It's a vicious circle because I would like to get rid of the bottle but he keeps irritating my nipples. So frustrating. Everyone keeps telling me to hang in there until 6 wks when miraculously we should figure this out. I'm hanging in there. My nips are trying to mend. I tried a nipple shield but he refuses it. I switched to football hold only as it obtains the best chance for a latch and is the least irritating. I'm also doing breast compressions when my milk flow slows. It seems to help some too. We got lots of help in the hospital from LCs but I haven't had any help since we got home. Thanks again, everyone. I think we're headed in the right direction. For something that's supposed to be natural, it sure is difficult. Stare

__________________

 ~Dana
Lilypie First Birthday tickers

Momma730
Offline
Joined: 10/07/2009

Dana, have you tried taking your nipple between your thumb and pointer finger and sort of squishing it to make it easier for him to get into his mouth? Olivia had a really hard time on the breast when she was first born, it would be such an ordeal to get her to eat. That is one thing I tried with her and it did work but she really doesnt have the patience all the time to breast feed and cuz she was 3.5 weeks early, we needed to give her a formula supplement to keep her weight up, as a result she only lost 3% of her weight in the hosital. ANYWAYS, now at 4 months she is pretty much a bottle baby but that is becuase she just never really had the patience to latch, I just pump my milk. But in the mornings now, I take her into my bed and lay down with her and she drinks perfectly from my breast while we are laying down together. HAve you tried that position?? Soemtimes it doesnt work but lately every morning it has been working. Good Luck.

__________________

Daisypath Anniversary tickers Lilypie Third Birthday tickers