My baby would not nurse directly!

Ifeoma - posted on 03/16/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my two kids would not nurse directly but would rather take expressed breast milk from a bottle I realy dnt know the cause am confused and sad.

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Sarah - posted on 03/16/2015

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Try having the baby spend some time skin to skin against your chest right before your pump. That can help with let down a bit. Stay hydrated and if you have to start supplementing don't beat yourself up. Every drop you have given is precious and your commitment is commendable. The number one important thing is you enjoy your baby!

Ifeoma - posted on 03/16/2015

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I have been exclusively pumping too for about 8weeks now but it seems my milk is drying up... And it's making sad.. I just wish I could exclusively pump for atleast 4months then support with formula@chana.

Chana - posted on 03/16/2015

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Neither of my daughters could nurse successfully. I had to exclusive pump which was not my intention when I decided to breastfeed. After several weeks of trying and numerous calls and visits to my lactation consultant with both girls we decided that it would be in the best interest of myself and the baby to pump. The real issue I had with pumping is that it is a commitment and you have to be consistent. It makes it difficult to go anywhere or do anything that will take more than a few hours. I would pump right before we left and as soon as we got home. If we were going to be gone for more than about 4 hours I had to be prepared to pump someplace other than at home or deal with full sore breast until we got home. However with a little planning we managed to get through it and bot my girls had breast milk. My first until she was 11 months old when I got pregnant with my youngest and had to stop pumping and my youngest until she was 9 months old when my milk just pretty much just dried up overnight. It is worth it in the end if you can get yourself on a schedule and stick it out.

Ifeoma - posted on 03/16/2015

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She is 8weeks.. I have spoken to a lactation consultant and I have tried everything possible but yet it's stil the same. So I have been exclusively pumping....and feeding her through a bottle.

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2015

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Breast feeding is a skill for both mom and baby to learn and master together and not very pair can manage. Giving your baby breastmilk is a good thing, whether form your breast a bottle or a cup.
Have you talked to a lactation consultant? Sometimes if baby can't latch on right away or your milk does not come in quickly, it seems like the nursing relationship can't be created. How old is your younger child? If he/she is quite young you may still be able to get her to nurse.

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