breastfeeding tips baby 6dys old not latching on!

Cristal - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




My sister has a new born girl and she's having a problem breastfeeding. Her breast nipple appears to be too big and baby isn't latching on to it. She just sucks on the nipple for a fews seconds and stops. We tried all the different ways of hold her and we won't successful. I think this happen because she was place in the hospital nursery for about 8 hrs after birth, so she prefers the bottle than breast.


Trisha - posted on 01/16/2010




my friend had the same problem b/c the hospital had her give the baby a bottle. the bottle is easier and gives milk right a way. See if you can get with the local LLL the can help with latching issues. Get a good pump the best you can to keep her milk up. I had heard SNS (Supplimental Nursing Systems) can help, that way the nipple is getting the stimmulation and the baby is getting the milk quicker. Just DON'T GIVE UP make sure she has faith in herself as a mother. A bad birth experince can hurt the self esteem and promote failure. Good Luck!


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Allison - posted on 05/11/2011




Check our La Leche League they have all the answers to breastfeeding. I am still breastfeeding my 18month old and they are a great support group.

Shannon - posted on 05/11/2011




Have you tried nursing with a nipple shield on until the baby gets used to it?

Kristin - posted on 01/06/2011




Have her try expressing just a bit to encourage her let down before bringing baby girl to the breast. The follow all steps to get her to open wide (like a yawn) and then bring her to the nipple not the other way around. Finally, offer frequently, they will get the hang of it with lots of practice. Help from a LLL leader or a lactation consultant or both won't hurt.

Good luck to her.

Renee - posted on 11/21/2010




Something that helped me when my daughter would keep removing herself from me was gently poking my breast. I have no idea why that helped, or why I started doing it in the first place, but the second I'd get her on the nipple, I'd just start poking and it usually did the trick. Hope that helps.

Katie - posted on 06/18/2010




I would have her get some help from a le leche league member or a lactation consultant from the hospital. My Son wasn't able to latch correctly for the first while and we ended up having to use a nipple shield until he was four months old. There are ups and downs to using one, but I'm glad I did. Breastfeeding my Son is so very important to me I would have been devastated if I couldn't have.

Aicha - posted on 05/12/2010




have her wait until the baby opens her mouth wide then have the mother flatten her areola.then put in babies mouth had the same problem when my 1st daughter was born and breast feed her for 18 month she is now 9 years old

Anastasia - posted on 01/16/2010




Though my baby never left my side after birth, I had a similar issue. Her mouth was just so tiny and my nipple a little too big (despite small breasts). It was really hard but we just kept on trying and I am so glad we stuck with it! The key is to avoid the bottle at all costs, that way she wanted breastfeeding and nothing else. It took two months to get to a perfect latch that wasn't painful, but it was worth it!

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