What are more ways to help your child latch on to your breast better??

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Jenneil - posted on 07/13/2010

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I have what the nurse called flat nipples (they didn't seem flat to me but the baby had trouble latching on too) I too used to nipple shield until she was 11 months old. It was a life savor. I wouldn't have been able to breast feed without it. You can buy them at "Babies R Us".

Geneva - posted on 07/13/2010

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i had a nurse put formula (before my milk came in) on my breast - worked like a charm!

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Hi Crystal,
Yes, latching is extremely important. Here are some links that explain attachment:

http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/b...
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/a...
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/s...
These all have pictures to make it easier to follow.

This one is a bit different, as it contains links to several videos
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/l...
The video I like best is http://www.ameda.com/breastfeeding/start...

I hope you find something to help you here.
Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 07/12/2010

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You can get breast shields in most chemists over here. Another advantage of a breast shield is you are less likely to get sore nipples!

Elisha - posted on 07/12/2010

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Sometimes it helps to put the baby in a different position I'm rather large breasted and had good size babys both of them were 8lbs 01oz and the only way I could get them to latch on good was the football hold.

S - posted on 07/12/2010

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I got mine in the hospital. I'm not sure, I think you can get them from babies r'us. If not....may need to try the women's shop in the hospital where you delivered or contact a lactation specialist. They may give you one.

Crystal - posted on 07/12/2010

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thanks sherron... i pump everyday, but my daughter is having trouble latching on... my milkflow is coming down pretty good so thats not a prob... the nipple shield sounds like a pretty good idea though... were do i get them from???

S - posted on 07/11/2010

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I had a preemie who had an extremely difficult time latching. The nurses recommended a breast shield. I will admit, I hated it but it worked. Once she latched good with the shield i would remove it from time to time until she learned to latch without it.

I don't agree with it, but in the hospital they also gave me sugar water to put on my breast. Apparently babies REALLY like it so that makes them eager to suck.

Sometimes a pumped until i got a good letdown then tried to latch her on, that worked well too.

Good Luck.

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