breastfeeding question

Kimberly - posted on 04/03/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old. We had a rough go at breastfeeding due to his poor suckle reflex. Its great now. Can I re-attempt breastfeeding? I don't make much milk now, but if he's sleepy he will suckle to pacify himself. I have an electric pump. What's realistic?

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Kimberly - posted on 04/08/2013

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Thank you for the advice, but I do know the difference between trying to feed and just using my nipple as a pacifier. I'm only a pacifier to him. He only takes my breast at night if he wants to go back to sleep. I'm sad and disheartened. I didn't have a strong milk supply from the beginning because I had a life threatening problem after the birth that I was told "shocked" my body somehow. Anyway, does anyone think that little device that tapes a tiny tube to the nipple can help? I'm thinking he may attempt to feed if he knows he'll be instantly rewarded. I've heard when you're single, those can be hard to deal with alone. Does WIC have them?

Kelsey - posted on 04/03/2013

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I would go ahead and offer him breast. Offer it every time he's hungry. Breastfeeding is a supply and demand. The more you offer, the more milk you should make. All babies will suckle when tired; but the trick is to realize the different between eating on the breast and suckling on the breast. Usually, suckling is a weaker hold on the nipple but be wary about that, some babies use teeth to hold the nipple. I had to deal with that issue with my 11 month old.

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