Brandi - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My baby and I got off to a rough start nursing. I had a c-section and was really ill for about 24 hours in recovery so I had little chance to practice latching the first day. Then after that we found out our baby tested Coomb's positive due to an ABO incompatibility between my husband and I. The nurses at the hospital and a ped started pressuring us to supplement with formula because the Coomb's caused her to be jaundiced. They had us using these syringes to feed her. Baby girl got used to them and got lazy at the boob. Didn't want to latch because she preferred the easier way (who wouldn't?). My breasts got so engorged from her fighting latching on and not using them that she literally couldn't latch on due to my nipples being flattened! It was awful and I thought I was doomed to be an exclusive pumper. So I started pumping and bottle-feeding her. My engorgement period finally ended and last night I decided to try the latching on just one more time after using the pump to draw my nipple out really good. It worked fantastic and now we're back to establishing a nursing relationship!
I am so relieved but I have questions. I pumped each breast for about 20 minutes when I was pumping. A LC at the hospital told me each feeding session should last at least that long. But my daughter prefers to spend about 5-10 minutes at each breast and she often refuses the other breast. Is this pretty typical? I'm worried about her getting enough milk. She seems satisfied immediately after her feeding, but there are times like last night when she nursed every hour for three hours and wore mommy's boobs out. Did she do that because she nursed too briefly at her prior feeding?
Thanks for any advice in advance!