baby won't latch

by Amy Chopinsky
(DC)

I can't breastfeed at all because my baby won't latch. I've been to 6 lactaction consultants and no one has been able to solve this problem. My milk supply is getting lower and lower every day it seems. Pumping does not keep the milk going the way a baby can.

I produce about 1/2 or at most 1oz between 2 breasts if I'm lucky. At my maximum I was producing 1 and a half to 2 oz. This deficiency happened right after my mother made me very upset about my lactation and latching problem.

I immediately experienced severe postpartum depression for several days after that. Perhaps that depression affected my hormones and I'll never get a better supply?

Now my breasts stop producing after about 5-10 minutes as my milk supply seems to be drying up. I've tried many types of different pumps and cup sizes. I've both hand and electronic pumps such as Medela, Almeda, Lanoshin.

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Aug 13, 2012
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Latching and low milk supply
by: Zelda Behr

Sounds like baby had a nursing strike.

Here are a few things you can do...

-Try to relax and stay calm, stress can make your milk supply decrease and it seems like that has already happened.

-Try breastfeeding in a calm and quiet environmental, use a breastfeeding necklace to keep babies attention.

-Try different breastfeeding-positions
-Feed baby before she is too hungry.
-Make sure to get a proper latch.
-Put some breast milk on your nipple to entice baby to drink.

More on nursing strike...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/nursing-strike.html

Here is some ways to increase milk supply...

Herbs:
- Fenugreek, Blessed thistle, Alfalfa, Brewers yeast, Fennel, Anise, Goats rue, Hops, Milk thistle (not the same as blessed thistle), Nettle leaf or capsules, Shatavari, Flax, Soapwort, Marshmallow (althaea) root, Red raspberry leaf, Burdock, Chaste Berry

- Mothers milk tea

~ Recipe:

2 parts fennel
1 part nettle
1 part blessed thistle
1 part fenugreek
½ part Hops

I especially like this tea, great with honey.

Here is some more on increasing milk supply...

galactagogues


low milk supply

Hope this helps.
Good luck.





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latch on without nipple guard

by Grandma

My daughter could not get her newborn daughter to latch on so the lactation nurses told her to use a nipple guard.

Her daughter is two months old now and she is trying to get her to latch on without the nipple guard.

Baby girl is fighting it and crying and will not latch on.

Any suggestions, please??

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sore nipples with latch

by abby 24, wife, and mother of 2 yr old and 9mo
(australia)

Hi everyone
I need advice. I'm experiencing sore nipples when my daughter latches on. I've not had this ever with her except with after birth feeds.

Shes a great latcher and feeder but she is not feeding as long now and my nips are sore when she sucks. towards the end of the feed its ok but it's annoying. I have no other indication of anything. they arent sore after the feed, they arent red, they aren't swollen. she has no white patches in mouth.

she is teething but she doesn't bite. it actually feels like it's sore where the milk comes out. please help. my milk did decrease a little when it started I have to say...and I had to express to get it back up.

its since regulated I believe. I've been experiencing this for nearly a full week. the doctor has me on antibiotics and it's not helping. btw. my nips are supple healthy and pink lol. no dryness cracking or soreness in between feeds. also i DONT get my period. it just hasnt returned yet. any ideas on exactly what might be happening...many thanks

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Sore nipples
by: Lyssa

As babies get older, they can sometimes develop a "lazy" latch.

Baby may not be effectively nursing if the nipple isn't correctly in her mouth, and this could cause the drop in supply if she is not getting as much milk out.

Watch her feeding. Make sure her latch is wide and covers your areola, not just the nipple. Make sure her lips are pulled out as well.

If her latch is incorrect, inset your finger into her mouth back where her molars will be to break the latch gently and have her try again while encouraging her to make a proper latch.

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