I need help ASAP! PLEASE!

Amber - posted on 09/10/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ok so I just had my little boy on sept. 6th. I was rushed into an emergency c-section. I had fully planned to breastfeed and still do. While in the hospital they gave him a bottle. The first one was because I was not out of recovery yet and he was hungry. After that they told me I couldn't breastfeed until I was off the antibiotics and other meds from the surgery. Well now I am home with my son and he won't latch. I got him to latch twice and now it's like he won't even try. I know how "spoiled" they can get because they don't gotta work for the milk with a bottle since it basically comes right out. He is 4 days old today and I am starting to get a clear (sometimes cloudy) liquid coming out. I just wanna know if anyone has any advice to help get him off the bottle and onto the breast?! Please help! I really don't wanna formula feed and this is what I have been having to do since he was born since he won't latch. I do not have a pump or money for one so I can't even try that. Please help! Any advice or tips is helpful. This is my first time nursing.

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Are you in the U.S.? Your local WIC office can loan you a pump. Get there ASAP if you can. If not, a manual pump is much cheaper and can work just as well. You might look into that. Call your hospital and ask if they have an IBCLC (lactation consultant). She should be able to help you. If they don't or you don't want to try there since they didn't seem to know much about breastfeeding anyway, go to La Leche League. You can find a local group here: http://www.llli.org. Call the closest leader right now. They will help you for free. Stop using bottles. Until you can get him latched give supplements using a medicine dropper or spoon. Spend tons of time skin to skin. Let him rest up against your bare chest. He's still very new so he still has all of his nursing intincts. You may notice that he will root towards your skin. This is a good time to try to latch. You can try squeezing out a little colostrum so that he can taste it on your nipple. Check out this link for some great tips on helping baby get back to the breast:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby...

Sorry the hospital did those things to you! Keep trying. It's very early and definitely possible to get him on the breast. I strongly encourage you to try to get in touch with a La Leche League Leader! Good luck and keep asking questions!

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Amber - posted on 09/12/2011

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Thank you guys! :) I am going to WIC tomorrow so I hope they can help. Also my friend gave me her manual pump so I can start using that now. I'm determined to get him onto breast milk since that was my plan from the very beginning. Just glad he is still young enough to transfer him to breast. :)

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Yes, I knew I was forgetting something. Early hunger cues are smacking lips, chewing fists, increased alertness, turning head side to side, and rooting. The fussy or crying stage is probably too late to try to latch because he will be too frustrated. I had trouble latching my first sometimes until I started recognizing her early hunger cues.

Celeste - posted on 09/10/2011

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Ditto Sara. You can definitely get him back on the breast. One of my twins ended up with nipple confusion because of receiving a bottle in the hospital. Here's what I did to help him get back on the breast:

-Skin to skin, like Sara mentioned. This, IMO, was the biggest factor on getting him back.

-Breast compressions.

Nurse at the FIRST signs of hunger. Crying is a late sign. Patience! It took me close to 2 months to get him latched.

Definitely call LLL.

Good luck!

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