Im having trouble puting my newborn back on the breast again.After a week of pumpn bottlefeeding,


Catlin - posted on 06/17/2010




I had to do the same thing when my baby was a newborn. (she couldn't take enough nipple, and destroyed my nipples because of it) I went and saw a lactation consultant after 3-4 days (and mastitis) and she recommended a nipple shield to help her get used to the breast again. I used it for maybe 2 weeks and then it was just boobie!
Good for you for wanting whats best for your baby!! and Good luck

Celeste - posted on 05/21/2010




Sounds like nipple confusion.. One of my twin boys had nipple confusion after being introduced to a bottle at the hospital. Few things you can do:

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

-Pump to get letdown going, then try to latch

-Put some milk on your nipples

-Breast compressions

Also, I found that it was best to try as soon as you see the first signs of hunger-rooting, sucking on the hands..If you wait til baby cries, that is a late sign of hunger and it can be more difficult to try to latch

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Toya - posted on 06/16/2010




thankyou ALL,I really appreciate the support Iv gotten on here regaurding breast feeding.If it had not been for this support group,I wouldve weaned my baby off the breast milk,But because of u all,hes growing healthy and now he wont drink formula @all.So Im stuck with breastfeeding.THANKS 4 ENCOURAGING ME AND GIVING ME MORE patience.

Calli - posted on 05/21/2010




Hang in there. After 3 days of nursing I started pumping/bottle feeding because I was in so much pain. Looking back it was probably poor latch but I didn't really have anyone to help me with that. I cried the first time I gave her a bottle of my milk b/c I felt like a failure. I thought for sure breastfeeding would be soooo easy! Anyways, after my blisters healed I would offer the breast first and if she wouldn't take it then I would do the bottle. After a day I went back to breast only and wouldn't offer anything else. She seemed to transition pretty quickly. Stick with it.

Tara - posted on 05/21/2010




Regardless of the reason for her confusion I suggest you have a lot of skin to skin contact, (this is so important in re-establishing your nursing relationship) and offer her your breast before she is fussy and hungry. If you allow her to suck on your clean baby finger first until she is sucking vigorously and then slide you nipple in this will help her to continue the process, this is also used with babies who are "lazy nurses". She won't starve herself, the key is to keep trying and remember try to do this when she isn't fussy or overly hungry and be patient and relaxed. I agree also that if she needs supplemental feedings until you are back on track to look up cup feeding at the La Leche League website.

Take Care


April - posted on 05/21/2010




she has nipple confusion, most likely. my advice is to get rid of the bottles and put her to the breast often. in the meantime, switch to cup feedings. yes you can cup feed a newborn, they even do in the hospital if you ask them not to give your child a bottle.

Sara - posted on 05/21/2010




I'm a little confused... did you stop breastfeeding completely and exclusivly bottle feed with pumped milk?

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