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...

//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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Give it time - had hard time getting baby to latch

I had a hard time getting baby to latch but mostly on one side.

I exclusively pumped for weeks, then would try regularly as baby was growing. I decided to let myself heal and just pumped one side and nursed on the other.

At about 4-5 weeks I purchased a nuk nipple shield to help baby nurse and it worked.

Finally week 7/8 he didn't need the shield anymore and we were both comfortable nursing on both sides. During this whole time baby was growing well. Praise the Lord. Keep it up mamas, you can do it!!

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Baby's mouth too small for breast

by gemma
(sydney)

My baby's mouth is too small for my boob what do I do?

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by: Tracy

Links that might answer your questions...

Breastfeeding with large breasts


Breastfeeding with large nipples


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What can I do, to get my baby's mouth open wide?

I am trying to breastfeed, but I can't seem to latch my daughter correctly, I can't get her to open her mouth wide enough so she takes in part of the areola, instead of just my nipple, which are so sore right now. What can I do to make her open wide??

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opening his/her mouth wider.
by: Tracy

Make sure that your nipple is pointing towards baby's nose; this usually gets a baby to tilt his/her neck and open his/her mouth. Bring baby's chin towards your breasts first so that baby will close his/her jaw over your nipple.

Baby needs to have their chin and bottom lip touching the breast below the nipple; this will trigger the reflex that will get baby opening his/her mouth wider.

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small size nipple/breast shield is too large

I love my smaller set of girls.

All they are really made for is producing milk.

We're hanging in there for the longer haul.

Hope that we get to a year of feeding mommy milk.

The biggest downside is the small size nipple.

Even the smallest breast shield is too large and I'm so sore from pumping at work...

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Sore nipples
by: Zelda Behr

Congratulation on getting your silver (.Y.) for 6 months breastfeeding.

Working and keeping up with breastfeeding is a great achievement.

A few tips:

* Use an ice pack or a cold cloth to soot the pain.

* You can take Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Tylenol for the pain they are safe to use while breastfeeding.

* Apply Lansinoh Lotion Before feeding or pumping to prevent sore nipples.

Here is a page with loads of tips for moms with flat or inverted nipples...

Inverted nipples

Hope this helps, good luck.


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Wouldn't stay latched because of my pain Med's

I had trouble feeding mine in the hospital and the lactation nurses couldn't figure out why.

I was released on day 4 and day 5 had a Mother Baby Center nurse come to help. It turns out she wouldn't stay latched because of my pain Med's- she would get a sip and the pass out from the drugs.

The fact that the hospital lactation nurses didn't think to realize I had perc's and that would affect the process makes me think others she go through the same thing. :)

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your frustration
by: Tracy

Yes, I share your frustration. It makes me so mad. ..breastfeeding is so important and yet it seems that the nurses have no proper training. I was once told that I should not breastfeed at night, that it was bad for my baby's teeth!! And that I should stop breastfeeding when my baby started solids because it would ruin her appetite!! This was a nurse at a clinic with 15 years experience. She was obviously spreading other lies and discouraging mothers from breastfeeding.

But society is full of such lies! The best thing for us to do is to question everything and to make an informed decision. Research as much as we can.

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latching problems/exclusive pumping

by Aminah
(Nebraska)

I have been exclusively pumping since my son had elevated bilirubin levels a couple of days after he was born.

I did try breast feeding but he got dehydrated so, trying to be a good mother and sticking to my guns with breast milk, I began pumping to supplement.

After that ordeal was over, he wouldn't latch so exclusive pumping it was. We still have a very strong bond and I've had my milk supply established for a few weeks now so much that I only pump 2-3 times a day.

My son is almost 9 weeks and a very healthy weight. It is possible especial if you want the best of breast milk for your child.

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so true
by: Tracey

Totally agree with you. I pumped as well because I have inverted nipples and he wouldn't latch on. I wanted to give him the best, it was extremely hard for me as my supply was... it never has been very good even with my other 2 kids.

I persisted for 2 months when my supply started to drop and I couldn't keep up with the pumping schedule with looking after the other 2 kids, so I started to wean off and he was only getting 2 bottles for the next couple of months.

Totally gave up after much disappointment at 4 months. I still wish now I had more supply to keep going. So I feel very strong that if you cant breastfeed there are other options instead of giving up and going straight to formula. Glad to see other people are doing this also.

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latching problems due to big nipple

by Nureryani
(malaysia)

Hi, im having problems to latch my bb to my big nipple. Had the same problem w my first child too..

ive tried using cup feeding method but baby gets little milk due to spills. The nurses told me that if i direct feed then top up the milk w a bottle feed, it won't confuse the baby. Is that true? Anyone has any experience?

With my first child, i alternate breast feed & bottle feed. Thanked god, he still wants the breast. My second child really can't..help!

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by: Tracy, CBC, CLD

Hi Nureryani

How old is your baby? You can give the bottle to your baby after 6 weeks, it should not cause problems.


Before you give the bottle, you can try the tips on the following page on breastfeeding with large breasts and nipples...







//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-with-large-nipples.html



//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/large-breasts-breastfeeding.html





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latch issue

by Janie Leblanc
(sturgeon falls, canada , ontario)

Our baby girl almost 4 days old now and were having latching issues. She did well initial feedings at hospital and later diminished.

My nipples are not really well exposed leading me to think its harder to engage her sucking motion. When I present my finger to palate (roof of mouth) her sucking is fully engaged. What could be done to stimulate that area (palate)?

I have purchased nipple shields, have been told that they will not help the cause seeing they are very pointy. Baby will only get used to sucking on that part instead of doing wide cover over nipple.

What do you think?

Last feedings were done with finger sucking and milk introduced by siringe tube, works well but I don t want to give up breastfeeding.


Baby s wet diapers and stool are normal
My breast milk as been in for last 12 hrs.

Spending lots of time at each feeds, getting stressed a little but don t want to give up.


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some advice
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD

Hi Janie

First off, I would just like to say "well done!!"

You can continue to do as you are, it should only take a few weeks before baby learns how to effectively breastfeed from you, even though your nipples are a little flat. Your nipples will also "come out" as baby continues to breastfeed.

Nipple shields are frowned upon, because they may decrease your milk supply, but if you have tried them and they work well for baby at the moment, then there is no harm in using them for the time being. You might just need to pump in-between nursing sessions as well, to keep your supply up.

Just spend as much time with baby at the breast as possible, even if baby is getting fed via alternative feeding methods such as the syringe, you can let baby comfort feed, for practice. Also lots of skin to skin contact is important.

Have you thought of using a SNS "supplemental nursing system" ?? Its a little bottle containing your milk or donor milk, attached to a little tube that is inserted in the side of baby's mouth while you breastfeed. This way your own milk supply is increased while baby practices to feed and at the same time gets nourished.

It all just takes a little time, but hang in there...it will be so worth it in the end!


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large tongue breastfeeding

by adiza enum
(Ghana)

My baby's tongue kept coming out almost 95% when he was born and has never stop.

He now sucks his thumb at 4 months. He is a very active baby.

He has no problem with eating or sucking of breast. The doctor says he a ok but my problems is with him not able to push his tongue into his mouth.

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large tongue
by: Anonymous

If it is not causing breastfeeding problems, you could wait it out and see what happens as Baby gets older?

Have you spoken to your pediatrician about it?

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Tight jaw breastfeeding

by Colleen
(United States)

Hi,
Do you have any suggestions to help with an 8 week old that still has a very tight jaw? I have a strong let down, so I usually hand express a little before feeding...and I also recline during feedings to help with the strong flow.

I notice that no matter what I do my baby still makes that clicking sound and also has a very tight jaw. It often feels like she's chomping down on the nipple.

I've tried making her relatch many times, tried having her suck on my finger before feedings, and have seen a lactation consultant a number of times. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Fixing a tight jaw for breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi Colleen

Apparently long labors sometimes lead to a stressed-out baby with tight jaw muscles. Did you have a long birth by any chance?

Most babies with this problem will outgrow it within a few weeks, so just stick it out...it will be so worth it in the end.

Some things that you might want to try...

- Take baby to a cranio-sacral therapist. I've heard many moms have success with this even after just one session.
- Have you tried using a SNS? This will help baby associate the breast with food. Here is more advice on using a SNS.
- You can massage baby's large mandible muscles (the knotty muscles in the middle of the lower jaw)Gentle circular movements will help relax the jaw.

Whatever you do, don't use a nipple shield, this could lead to low milk supply and hardly ever helps for this type of breastfeeding problem...although many might suggest that you try this.

Hope this helps, please keep me posted.

Kind regards




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is latching on breast so difficult?

I had a normal delivery, but I felt very hard to get my baby latched on my breast.

My breast produced lot and lot of milk, but my baby refused to latch on. I tried harder and harder continuously for 1 month, but in vain.

I had to pump out and feed him. Then after a month since he refused to suck my milk production stopped and I had to give up on breastfeeding and go on to formula feeding.

Can anybody answer why my baby refused to latch when my baby was a normal one.

Everybody said I don't know to hold the baby...was I a bad mom?

I just cried in those months that my baby did not latch so I am depriving him of the nutrition which he was supposed to get from my milk. Does formula milk contain all basic nutrients required by a baby?..

I have lots of questions and I was not guided properly by not even one person on how to learn to overcome this problem and start breastfeeding efficiently.

I was unsuccessful mom. Am I?

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