Breastfeeding ISSUES

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am a new mommy, age 20 and I am still trying to get the hang of this whole breastfeeding thing.. My daughter was born on September 27th and I have been breasfeeding/pumping and bottle feeding her since day 1. I'm having a problem with keeping her awake when she is latching, and as soon as I pull her off she'll start screaming. So again, I'll put her back on and again, she'll fall asleep. When I bottle feed her she stays awake and eats just fine. However, I feel like any time she eats anymore she's hungry again 10 minutes later and I feel like I just can't keep up with her. My nipples are also very tender still is there anything other than Lansinoh cream I can use to help ease the pain?

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Sarah - posted on 10/22/2013

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I would talk further with your doc about it. What are the pros and cons of getting it cut? Will it just affect her latch or will it affect other things as she grows (chewing, speech, mouth formation, etc.). If it affects other things how will it affect those. Is it something that she will be able to work around or is it something that will hinder her?

Sarah - posted on 10/20/2013

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Make sure she is just not using you as a pacifier. She is still little yet and will need to eat often, but if she is only sucking for a few times and then is done then she is not really hungry....just more wanting comfort. When she gets fussy after just eating try other ways of soothing her. I also found with two of my kids their tired cry was very much like their hungry cry....so if she has just eaten try other ways of soothing her to sleep.

Eraina - posted on 10/20/2013

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Hi i am 25yrs old and i have a 2 an hlf yr old and 7month daughter. To ease the pain, you can try a nipple guard, you can get from mother care or boots, i had to do this when my nipples were very sore as the cream was only good for healing ...so this will help with pain. Maby it could also help your daughter to not to be too comfi and fall asleep...i also realise as a baby gets older and their mouths get bigger then latching on becomes easy

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Amanda - posted on 10/22/2013

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Thank you for this advice! I took her into her dr yesterday and they were telling me it also has something to do with her upper lip. It's short or something like that so it's harder for her to latch properly and in order to fix that I would need to get it cut. I'm not really sure how I feel about cutting it. Should I just pump and bottle feed her rather than having to get it cut?

Eraina - posted on 10/20/2013

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