Eleisha - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
Okay, so after my daughter was born, we had MAJOR latching difficulties. After working with an LC for 2 days we finally got latching successfully. On the second night, I again started having troubles latching (my milk had come in and I was VERY engorged), so asked my midwife to help. She decided in her wisdom, rather than following the plan that the LC and I had been on, she would latch her the way she knew (she was about 65 and quote "LC"S are rubbish and have NO idea").
Being very emotional and a first time young mum I let her go, and after an hour of me crying and my daughter screaming she still wasn't latched and I cup fed her. From then on, she became fearful of my breasts and every time I placed her in any nursing position she screamed hysterically.
While still working with and LC I discharged my self and my daughter and went home expressing and bottle feeding her. Over the past 7 month I have seen my LC weekly and done ALL of the things to encourage her to feed. And finally this week she has begun to latch. My LC is away and I cannot contact her so I really need some help.
How long does she need to nurse for in one sitting?
Should I be offering both breasts at one feeding?
Do I need to continue expressing to keep my supply up?
She has 2 meals per day, how many times should she nurse?
Any other advice would be wonderful!
SORRY this is so long, but I really need some assistance! :)