breastfeeding and the issues that come with it

Tahnee - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




hello there! my names tahnee and i have a beautiful 4 week old boy named asher. he is a great little boy, however if he could feed all day i think he would. i am currently using a nipple shield as he has probs latching. im slowly introducing my nipple but im not sure if im doing it right. he feeds for ages and id just like others feedback, will he become better at it? will there be certain feeding times for him?


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Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009




I also had to use a nipple shield. My baby is now 7 weeks old and she doesn't have to use it at all. She is stronger and can pull the nipple out on her own in just a couple of sucks. I think there is hope for your baby as well .Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 07/15/2009




I remember the days of having a baby hung off my breast for most the day all to well, I soon realised thought that half the time she wasnt actually drinking. She was using me as a pacifier so i ended up itroducing a dummy when she was around 6 or 7 weeks old. It will get easier so just hang in there.

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First off, your little boy is adorable! What you've written sounds completely normal. At 4 weeks, my son was also eating all the time, and took a long time to eat. It felt like I was spending almost all day breastfeeding. Around 5 or 6 weeks, things got a lot better. He developed his own schedule, and started feeding more efficiently.

As for the nipple shield, we had that problem, too. I weaned him off of the shield slowly. Always offer the breast to start, but its okay if he can't latch. Use the shield to start the feed, but midway through (once he's relaxed) try to latch him without the shield. It took some practice, but my son was able to ditch the shield completely after about 2 weeks.

Really, you're doing great! The first 6 weeks or so of breastfeeding were hard for me, but it does get so much easier. My son is now 10 months old, and I'm glad I was able to stick through the difficulties at the beginning. Now, I can't imagine doing anything differently.

Kylie - posted on 07/15/2009




Hello i had same problem with my son i had to have a nipple shield it was like he wasnt getting enough after a month he still wasnt any better i started to comp feed him with formula and he seemed more settled and fuller on formula so i slowly introduced him to formula he is now almost 3 months old and he is doing well.. just keep trying to breast feed him if it still isnt working try to maybe comp feed him with formula or talk to a child health nurse and go from there i hope this helps :)

Lindsi - posted on 07/12/2009




I had a lot of the same problems you seem to be having. I used a shield for several weeks, and at about 6 weeks she began to latch on my nip herself really well. Unfortunately due to other things going on in my life I stopped breastfeeding pretty soon after this. That is my one regret about motherhood. I think that the amount of time he feeds will probably decrease a lot once he is able to latch on, the shield probably is inhibiting him from getting enough in a short amount of time. My suggestion is just to stick with it! Also, look for a La Leche League in your area, they are breastfeeding support systems. The local hospital or health department may also be able to help you find lactation counselors who could help.

Jen - posted on 07/12/2009




It sounds like you are pretty much feeding on demand right now, which is fine. If you do want your son on a schedule though you have to do it. You basically keep track of the times he starts nursing and then pick the times from those. It will usually be about every 2-3 hours. If you also want to limit the amount of time he spends nursing you can teach him to do that as well. When I nursed I did every 3 hours for 40 mins. That's what my daughter wanted and it worked well for both of us. It's all about what satisfies your son and what you are comfortable doing. I don't personally have any experience with a nipple shield so I can't help you there. Good luck with everything.

Lori - posted on 07/12/2009




Talk to a professional if you have ANY questions! My daughter would be at my boob for an hour and fall asleep and then need to eat 30 minutes later! It was so frustrating, but eventually I figured out her schedule so I could get done what I needed too. He'll get better at it and so will you, just be patient! After you both get better at it you will realize if he 'eats' for an hour you'll have so much time before he eats again. Every baby is different so you just have to figure out your little guy. Writing down when my daughter nursed helped me keep track and made things a little easier.

Liana - posted on 07/12/2009




well he has to learn with you. you need to know feeding technique as well. have you spoken to a midwife or lactose consultant? or a female GP? they can watch what you are doing and tell you where you might need help. also he might prefer to be held in a different position. my 2nd prefered to be in a football hold, which at the time i didnt understand because i am small breasted, but he liked it, and i was comfortable.

some people are big believers in "feeding times" i wasnt though. i fed on demand and my kids put themselves in their own routines. but all families and babies are different.

but yeh, my recommendation, is talk to a professional if your not sure or comfortable.

good luck!!

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