i need help breastfeeding im new to it

Cassie - posted on 02/18/2012 ( 41 moms have responded )

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i have a question im new to the breastfeeding thing and my son was born a week ago and im only getting 3 to 4 ox at a time and im pumping cause he wont latch on he was 4 weeks early but i was getting 6 ox one day willi get more milk or not or what can i do to help it along

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Celeste - posted on 02/19/2012

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1/2 to 2 oz is the average output:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumpi...



You had oversupply and your pump output is now average!



It's normal for output to decrease. But, keep in mind that pumping IS NOT indicative of supply and that baby is MUCH more efficient than a pump.



I would work on getting your baby to latch. My twins were 6 weeks early and one of them couldn't latch. I finally got both latching at close to two months. To get them to latch, this is what I did:

-Skin to skin. You with no shirt and no bra. Baby in just a diaper. Put him on your chest and hold him there.

-Put milk on your nipples

-Pump to get letdown going and then try to get him to latch



One thing to look for is hunger cues. Crying is a late sign of hunger and it can make it difficult for him to latch when he's too hungry.



More ideas:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby...

A. Ross - posted on 03/08/2012

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The biggest thing I will stress is continue to try to get the baby to latch on. My twins were the same way and they (babies) need the comfort of being close to mom and breastfeeding is the best thing you can supply your baby with. Just stress to the nicu nurses to let you hold and try to get the baby close to you and put your finger close to your breast once the baby is about to nurse use your finger to gently guide his mouth to open bigger and let him latch on with your help. The key is to get him to open his mouth wide so he can latch on to the whole Areola. I had problems with 3 of my five kids latching on and I always did that and it works like jem, try it.

Lise - posted on 02/19/2012

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Aw, Cassie, I feel for you. I really think you need to look for an IBCLC. They can help you even with your lo in the NICU. They can also help you with NICU nurses/staff.

Kelly - posted on 03/06/2012

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wow.. you are mega producing if your baby is only a few weeks old then.. Your baby's stomach is not that big at all. That is why they nurse often.

other than that..I agree with Anna and Celeste..

Kudos to you for breastfeeding and God Bless,



Kellz

Anna - posted on 02/26/2012

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It will all be fine..just give it time, hon. There are different types of pumps, some are stronger, some are weak. When at the hospital, they gave me first a weak one that couldn't get the milk out, so I was miserable thinking I dodn't have any. Only when switching to a stronger pump did I get milk out. There are also pumps where you can regulate the strenght of the pumping through a button.

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Amanda - posted on 04/05/2012

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I did have a latch consultant. I actually had a total of 3 and a few friends who breasfeed try to help me but my son would not latch. I tried for weeks but once my son started losing weight I decided it was time to try pumping since he just couldn't ge the latch. I worked on his latch for 2 1/2 months but now he is 100% bottle fed with breast milk. It was not from lack of trying because I DID try. I tried and I cried because I thought I had failed but I exclusively pump now and my son gets all of the benefits of breastfeeding. It's a lot of work but it CAN be done you just have to be dedicated to it. I don't feel like I failed or that I didn't try or that he is not getting the very best because he is. All women and babies are different. Encouragement is what mothers like this/us need.

CAMISHA - posted on 04/05/2012

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IT TOOK ME ALMOST 2 WEEKS FOR MY MILK TO COME IN,NOW I'M PUMPING ONLY 4OZ. BUT THE MORE YOU PUMP THE MORE YOU START TO PRODUCE.DON'T GIVE UP .THIS IS MY 5TH,AND MY BABY IS 1 MONTH OLD.

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2012

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I pump what is equal to 1 oz. per hour. My son is 4 months old and I exclusivly pump so I have to make sure I keep up with him. I had a low supply so there were a few things that I tried. My doctor recommended fenugreek. I took 3 capsules 3 times a day. There is also mothers milk tea. Oatmeal is supposed to help. I also rented a hospital grade pump for a month and made sure that I pumped at least every 3 hours.

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 04/03/2012

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I wouldn't give up yet! You need to keep trying to get him to latch! The pump will NEVER do what needs to be done- you need that baby to take it from you because that's the only way your body will know to produce more milk. I'm sorry, but it just seems to me that you weren't trying to get him to latch- just relying on the pump which won't work at all. You CAN breastfeed your son- contact a lactation specialist and they will help you get him latched. Did you have one there at the hospital to help? Mine helped tremendously- I got the latch down before I left the hospital. That's what you shoulda done, honestly hon. I know it may seem hard, but the health benefits for your child are SOOOO worth it.

Cassie - posted on 03/31/2012

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i have had to stop i stopped produceing all together it really sucks but he is doing good thank you all for the advice and ill keep it in mind when i have another child

Stacey - posted on 03/19/2012

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I would contant a lactation consultant. Where do you live? I'll see if I can find one for you! Don't give up yet! :)

Carline - posted on 03/19/2012

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Drink plenty of water pump regularly it helps to be close to your baby when you pump message your breast before hand

Christina - posted on 03/12/2012

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not to get to personal but how big are your breasts. with my son being the smallest of my 3 i had a very hard time nursing him where i didnt with my girls. he wouldnt stay latched so i pumped but could never get enough for him because this was a prob from the get go and i couldnt get him to latch enough to get the milk to come in. come to find out he wouldnt latch on because he couldnt breathe. my breast was covering his nose so he would let go to get a breath of air.

Tara - posted on 03/12/2012

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Fenugreek and blessed thistle are herbs that ere recommended to me by a lac nurse. I noticed a slight difference in my milk supply, but it honestly send like you are making lots for now. Gl

Tara - posted on 03/12/2012

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6oz can be alot got some women to pump. I have 3 kids and could hardly ever pump more than 5 total. Plus hes now still 3 weeks from his due date, hes very little and his belly I'd the size of an almond, do hes not heating more than a few oz at a time. It's a supply and demand thing. When he eats more you will make more.



I was usually successful at pumping a few ozs a day for the first 3_4 months and then my milk evened out and I could never pump anymore. (i had a hospital grade pump).



Some women are blessed with enough milk for a village and others have just enough! U can also speak to the lactation consultant about using a nipple shield our using a speech consultant to check the babies facial muscles in case he had tight muscles that won't allow him to latch (sound strange, but I, had to do itwith my

Danielle - posted on 03/11/2012

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Just remember to drink plenty of fluids and eat plenty, if you remember to take care of yourself in that way then that should help with milk production. For one week and pumping you are doing amazing with getting 3 or 4 oz with a pump. My sister was lucky to get 3 or 4 oz using a pump a month after my nephew was born... So I applaud you for getting that much this early.

If I remember right from what I have read on here as well as some of the books I've read, the more you are around/holding your little one as well as being around if/when he cries will help with milk production as well (not saying make your little guy cry)... Also I know from experience that holding/touching preemies and early birth babies helps them out a lot anyways. My other nephew (not the one breast fed) was born 6 weeks early and the NICU nurses told us to touch and hold him as much as possible since our body heat as well as our bodies help the early babies stay warm as well as calms them ever so slightly more than other babies. Plus it's great for bonding purposes as well... So yeah... Hope some of this helps. :)

Stephanie - posted on 03/07/2012

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Cassie,



I'm sure that once your son gets the hang of things, you'll be a pro in no time. Like others have said, drink fluids, pump, but if you are concerned that he isn't getting enough, let him nurse whenever he wants, as frequently as he wants.

Kelly - posted on 03/06/2012

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Oh.. about the pump.. one with the let down function and ability to control the strength of suction is absolutely essential. ; - )

Carrie - posted on 03/04/2012

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Drink plenty of water and pump more often. Also put warm wash clothes on your breasts to help the milk flow a little better.

What have you done to try to get him to latch?

I know I had some issues getting my girl to latch but she caught on. The nurse at the hospital told me when she isn't latch on right you have to pretty much squeezing your nipple and kinda force it into the baby's mouth and express a little milk into baby's mouth and they will catch on.

User - posted on 02/29/2012

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Make sure you are still trying to get him to latch everytime. sometimes it just takes practice for little one! him latching will help you to produce more milk bc of the skin to skin contact. DRINK TONS OF WATER! hydrate! its the best way to increase volume. and make sure to chow down!! you body will only produce about have the amount of food you eat in a day all in one pump. If little one still doesnt ever get the hang of latching, make sure to keep him close while pumping if not holding him for the skin to skin. my little one actually loved the sound of my breast pump, it lulled her to sleep :) best luck!!!

User - posted on 02/29/2012

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I found that I would get about the same (on a good day!). The only times I got more was if he missed a feed and my breasts were engorged. I could get around 8 oz then (ouch!) lol There are some tips online for producing more milk but I didn't have much joy with the ones I tried. best wishes xx

Heather - posted on 02/28/2012

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you will produce as much milk as your baby demands, you should totally encourage him to latch on every time. try to pump every two hours otherwise, it took me what seemed like forever to get it all down where it came natural every time but when it finally did it was great and totally worth it all. Good luck and congrats!! also i joined a breastfeeding support group at my local health dept you might try to check into some things like that just for some support :) Congrats on the new baby!! :)

Anna - posted on 02/26/2012

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The more you pump, the more milk will be produced. Be careful not to make yourself hyperlactation. As the milk can accumulate in your breats, making clots that are painful. If you get that far, a hot shower before pumpung will help the milk out .

Mell - posted on 02/26/2012

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Hi cassie

My youngest was 2 weeks early and he had problems latching on as well if your boobs are sore as well try a warm flannel when trying to pump and most mums find that when they pump they don't get as much off as when baby feeds keep trying to get him to latch don't give up and your milk can take a week or so to come in so try not to worry to much as the more you worry the worse things can get also is this your frist baby and has anyone tried to help you get your attachment as this could be why he's won't latch I found this was my problem hope things get better I'm sure it will and don't be scared to ask youalth vistor/ Midwife for help xx

Zoe - posted on 02/26/2012

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look up the La Leche League groups in your area. they are fantastic and experienced and it isn`t about money, it`s about helping women nurse. i think they can help u!

Heather - posted on 02/26/2012

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Keep trying to get him to latch. Try a little sugar water, watered down Karol syrup, can help to get him to latch. First get him used to the taste of it. I am thinking about one teaspoon of sugar to 6 oz. of water, mix it up. Then put some on a finger, see if he tries to suck it off. If he does, then put some on his tongue, then some on your nipple, and see if he will latch.



I had a hard time with my son latching, so the lactation consultant at the hospital sent me home with some small syringes and small containers of sugar water, because it helped to make him latch and it took me and my son a few weeks to finally get him to latch on without the sugar water. But, it worked! He nursed for 11 months before he weaned himself because he was too busy walking to nurse.



You could also pump every two hours to get your supply up. I couldn't pump much at all, except in the beginning, and then after a while, nothing. But my babies nursed and got milk just fine. Breast pumps just don't work well for me.



My son and daughter were both 2 weeks early, My son only weighed 6lbs., 11 oz., he had No fat on his body at all, he was so tiny and skinny.



Also, talking to a lactation consultant could help.

Anna - posted on 02/24/2012

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It's a big concern of new breastfeeding mothers that they're not producing enough milk. The reality is that only a tiny percentage of women have trouble producing milk. If you feed on demand, and that might mean 24/7 for the first 2 months as was in my case, you'll produce enough. Contact La Leche League for help with latching on.

Lise - posted on 02/19/2012

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Go to the link I provided and choose a location. Then Employers and Consumers - click on that. Up pops a menu, one of which is Find an IBCLC.



You can enter your area and it will give you a list. Honestly, I would start my fight there.

Cassie - posted on 02/19/2012

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how would i go about getting second opinion about my son there is no reason for him to be there no more

Cassie - posted on 02/19/2012

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the one at the hospital hasnt done a thing for me or even tried to have my son latch on i just want him home where i can take care of him both my kids are my mirical kids and for them not to let me have my son is bothersome when he is just fine i new i should have went to childrens lol

Cassie - posted on 02/19/2012

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who is ibclc and how do i get a hold of them my son dose not need to be there anymore he can eat just fine and i know how to feed my son they keep trying to feed him while he is a sleep but when im up there i wake him and they get mad at me hes my son ill do what i want with him

Cassie - posted on 02/19/2012

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okay yes thts how much i get combined and i cant work on latching him he is still in the nicu they wont let him come home till he is take half his feedings from a bottle witch he is but they still wont let him come home and they have given up on trying to breast feed cause he wont stay latched on so i dont know what to do

Ania - posted on 02/19/2012

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You are overproducing right now, so 4 oz is a lot when you pump. When you stop overproducing and that will happen around 6-8 weeks from the day your baby was born you will be able to pump even less - around 2 oz from both breasts at one pumping session and it is normal so don't worry. Pumping is not as efficient as baby sucking. Make sure you work on that latch, because pumping itself my actually decrease your supply with time. I don't know how long are you planning on BF but working on latch is the key. I had the same issue with my son I asked Lactation consultant for help and she helped me a lot.. Try different positions and relax, you are doing great

Kimberly - posted on 02/19/2012

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Its always hard when a baby wont latch on but the thing to remember is you are both new to this so it takes time to learn each other and dont give up!! Pumping is great and that to me is a good pump, if you can keep trying to get him to latch on my help, cause it will stimulate your breast more then pumping can and also get him used to you also try massging your breast before a pump, having your son in the room with you while pumping can also help. You are in the early days and are doing a great job for your son. Hope this helps a little and good luck with it all oh and congrats on the new arrival!

Lise - posted on 02/18/2012

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How often are you pumping? 2-4 oz (both breasts combined) is typical output when you pump and don't nurse (like if you pump for a missed feeding). If you are trying to exclusively pump and not nurse, you want to be pumping at least 10-12 times per day. That's how often a newborn would be nursing. *hug*



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