Breastfeeding problems (Kinda long sorry)

Candice - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have a 14 week old son who was born 3 weeks early. When he was born he was considered to have IUGR (basically low birth weight) so I had to supplement with formula. He took to breast feeding like a pro from the moment he was born. About 3 weeks ago I got really sick & couldn't BF due to the medicine that I was taking. Since we have always supplemented with bottles we just gave him formula for the week that I couldn't nurse.(I pumped & dumped) He has never had nipple confusion. We use Breast Flow bottles. Ever since I started BFing again he will nurse for about 5-10 min. then starts crying. I know that there is still milk in there b/c I can express it by hand. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this is happening? I would really like to continue BFing. Thank you in advance for any advice.

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Rachel - posted on 11/02/2011




There is a difference in the flow of a nipple to the flow of a bottle. With the nipple, after the breast has been drained, baby needs to suck to get a letdown of milk. Bottles just flow. My daughter had the same problem when we were supplementing. :-( It really stinks! There is more milk, he just has to work at it a little harder for a bit. Once he gets used to the sucking until the letdown comes, it'll get better!

Dana - posted on 06/15/2009




It is much more work for a baby to breastfeed than it is for them to drink from a bottle. Maybe try to BF him exclusively until he gets used to it again, but definitely check with his Dr. to make sure he is getting enough to eat.

Ember - posted on 06/15/2009




I agree with the previous two ladies, my son did this every time. I had to consult a lactation consultant and found that I wasn't letting down fast enough.

Just my experience though, really should talk to the la leche legue or your local consultant.

Good luck!

Sherry - posted on 06/15/2009




I agree with Laura. Maybe you could try some warm clothes on your breasts to help with the let down, or pump a little before you feed him. You should talk to a lactation consultant though, they are amazing! good luck, don't give up!

Laura - posted on 06/15/2009




It takes longer to get milk out of the breast, as the baby has to stimulate the let down. Perhaps he is getting frustrated and pulling off before the milk lets down? My little guy does that sometimes, I jsut keep putting him on and eventually the milk comes.

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