Started breastfeeding and then forced to pump, am now trying to bring baby back on the breast

Jacqueline - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies, so I started breastfeeding my two week old and his latch must've been wrong in the beginning that he really did a lot of damage to my nipples. It was so painful that I had to stop and so I pumped all day for about 3-4 days to give them time to heal. When I was pumping, I would double pump for 20 mins and get about 2.5 oz total. I've gotten him back on the breast for two feedings but he only feeds off of one side before he falls asleep and its only for about 20 mins. I'm worried he's not getting enough since when he was bottle fed he would essentially be drinking from both sides for 20 mins instead of just one. I tried everything to wake him up and get him to latch on the other side but he just refuses. Does anyone have any advice for what I can do?
Also, could this possibly affect my supply ?

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Susan - posted on 04/15/2014

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Try to switch sides each time. Yes - it could affect supply. pump in between to keep up production. you are doing great - I couldn't get anything when I pumped. I like Sues answer - try to relax and enjoy baby. Everyone told me to sleep when she slept - bt she would fall asleep after nursing and I would just hold her and watch her. I'm so glad I did. also - Imade the mistake of moving to a higher number (faster flow) nipple when she was older - like 6 months - on the advice of in-law and that was the end of breast feeding. if you want him to keep on, I'd suggest staying with the newborn (slow-flow) nipple for the duration.

Susan - posted on 11/12/2013

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Honestly, Just do what you are doing. Relax and enjoy your baby. I worried so much with my first baby about every little thing. By the second, I realized that it is best to relax. As long as the baby is gaining weight in the normal expected ranges and rates, he is ok and doing good. Keep at it and he will likely pick up and do more. He is likely getting what he needs right now and is satisfied to sleep. Talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned on weight gain. I recall my little ones falling asleep so easily in those early nursing days. Baby will usually seek what they need. If he falls asleep. Just try later. My daughter would fall asleep nursing and I'd hold her so long that I would get an ear-print of her ear on my arm. She would later wake up and want to nurse like crazy. Just know, that as long as you are making any amount of milk, and as long as your baby is either suckling or you are pumping you will continue to produce milk. As the needs arises and nursing and/or pumping frequency and/or duration picks up, you will make more. This amount will fluctuate. Most importantly, Keep at it!! It is soooo worth it for both of you!!! Health and emotionally speaking. That is the one of the beautiful bonding times in your relationship. It's not always easy, but you will not regret the time it takes to get it right. It does not always 'just happen'. It's a learning experience. Enjoy the journey!! And give yourself credit! It's a beautiful gift for both of you!!!
/sue

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