I chose not to breastfeed due to the trouble I had with my first child.

Tanya - posted on 01/04/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My breasts are huge and feel like they are going to explode. I chose not to breastfeed because my first son never got enough from them but I have now come to realize that they seem to be producing more milk then before. My son is premature and has been feeding through a tube in the NICU What should I do? Do I start breastfeeding now that my son is 5 days old and just starting to use the bottle or is there other things I can do to relieve the pain? Thank you for reading

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Christine - posted on 01/08/2013

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I would recommend that you start pumping with a good, hospital grade pump right away. Freeze this milk for later or if they can give it to your baby in the NICU, take it there for him. As soon as it is safe to start nursing the baby, do so. It would be better if they do not give him an artificial nipple at all since once they do that, he might become nipple confused and not want to nurse. The feeling you are having right now is engorgement due to your milk coming in. If you are still uncomfortable after pumping, try a hot shower or heating pad on your breasts for some relief. Good luck!

Liz - posted on 01/06/2013

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I had a lot of issues with my first as well, primarily that he didn't latch correctly, and when that was discovered, I had no help correcting it. I pumped until he was 6 weeks old and quit because it was just too much work for me. I was basically a single mom and couldn't stand getting up 3, 4 times in the night to feed him a bottle, and then when he was done having to pump. Then I'd sleep for a half hour and he was up again. Nope. But with my second, things were the total opposite. I nursed him until he was 7 months old. Never had a problem until one day my milk just dried up. It was day and night the difference between my two experiences. I think you should give it a shot. Even if you have to store it, it will help him tremendously. Plus the pumping will help with your own pain. Try using lanolin if your nipples get sore. It will really help. I swear by that stuff.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2013

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Breastfeeding is doable. You can pump milk for him while he's in the NICU. Breast milk is very good for preemies. Every kid is different. You may not have supply issues at all this time around.

Brianna - posted on 01/06/2013

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Your breastmilk would help him so much. Even if you choose to pump to relieve the engorgement, that precious bit will be great for him. If supply was your only issue, maybe this go will be different. Trying can't hurt!

Celeste - posted on 01/04/2013

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It's totally up to you. Breastfeeding is doable, since he's so young. Won't hurt to try. Is he able to latch at all? If he's not latching quite yet, you can pump and pump every 2 to 3 hours. My twins were 6 weeks premature, too. Though they weren't tube fed, but they were given bottles. I got them to nurse at almost 2 months.

If you choose to breastfeed, the best way to know if your baby is getting enough is by diaper count. As long as baby is getting 6-8 diapers no matter content, baby is getting enough.

It's not too late. However, if you choose not to breastfeed, there are things you can do to help the pain. Here's an article with different things you can do to help the discomfort: http://kellymom.com/ages/weaning/wean-ho...

Cleaver - posted on 01/04/2013

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isnt it sad seeing them like that? ive had 2. are you pumping? the first hospital i was at insisted on it and the second was surprised when i brought it i would try and nurse and see how it goes he is under constant supervision of doctors so if hes not eating enough theyll know

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