breastfeeding trouble

Angel - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am a mother of a newborn. I also have 2 other kids at home and a stepson. My daughter is 4 and my son is 2. My newborn is 1 week old and I am having trouble breastfeeding. I wasn't able to just breastfeed my 2 older children, they were both supplemented with bottles. My first I bf for 7 months, my second for 4 months. My son was diagnosed with asthma when he was 1, and my respritory doctor said bf reduces the risk of asthma in babies 50%. I didnt know that with my first 2, but I know now and I really want to prevent asthma in my baby if I can. I am able to bf my son a little, I do have milk in because I can squeeze it out. It doesnt appear to be enough to pump tho. I dont understand if this is a common thing. I am on fenugreek and blessed thistle. I am using a feeding syringe full of formula which I put in the corner of babes mouth while I bf. I leak when I get out of the shower, or if I dont feed for a few hours. I dont get why I cant JUST breastfeed! I tried for a whole day to just breastfeed, but my babe was starving! He wouldnt quit crying and searching. He refused to latch on and suck. I dont know if I ruined it when I gave him a bottle at first. I try and not use a bottle at all. I just dont get it! Has anyone else ever had a problem breastfeeding? He does have a good latch, as my health nurse and lactation consultant told me. Any ideas or suggestions?


View replies by

Dana - posted on 05/07/2010




It sounds like you do have enough milk, so don't worry about that. Try having a lactation consultant come to your house and help you figure out what is going wrong. It really sounds like he's just not getting a good latch, you're too engorged or you may be waiting to long to feed him. If he's too hungry he'll fight on the breast.

Rebecca - posted on 05/07/2010




You won't be able to express as much milk as the baby can get out. My breasts seem like they have no milk most days but my son (14 months) still gets lots out of them. Try feeding him every 1/2 hour that he is awake and your milk supply will increase to the amount he needs. feed him on one side for each feed. If you don't fully drain that side then put him on the same side for the next feed then switch him over to drain the other. I hope that made sense.

By doing that it should help you get a decent milk supply. Adjust the timing when he seems satisfied with what he is getting.

I had to do that several times when my son had growth spurts because I would run out of milk. I just sat on the couch and watched t.v. all day and held him. The next day it was always easier.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Jenn - posted on 05/07/2010




First and foremost, Angel RELAX!! Easier said then done I know. Try to sit so that you are comfortable - I liked a rocking chair, with an ottoman and a nursing pillow so I wasn't kinked. If you are engorged try to express some milk so that babe can latch easier. Some people told me to have a beer for the hops in it or a small glass of wine to help relax. I didn't like those ideas so I'd try to have a cup of tea if I was stressing out.

Hold baby in different positions might help as well ( my 3 liked the football hold and lying down). It's perseverance that will help you to succeed. I'm glad that you have been talking with the health nurse and LC - they have a wealth of information. You might want to hold off on syringing food until after you have finished nursing. With my oldest he wouldn't lack for long and would get frustrated so after nursing I'd pump what I could( that 1st few weeks it wasn't much), then my husband would syringe fed him only what I pumped. We did that so my son wouldn't get confused on why one moment he struggled to fed then his tummy got filled up really easy.
Pumping- Some people just can't pump. Try different pumps. Some women have better success with plunger types (Medela) some with trigger (Advent) and some do well with manual expressing. You might want to talk to the health nurse about rentals. I needed to rent an electric on with my 3rd.
Angel I wish you the best of luck!! I know that it's easy to throw in the towel but keep on trying and soon babe will get the hang of it

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2010




It does sound like you are making enough milk. The first few weeks can be rough because the baby is still learning. If possible try to avoid supplementing because it can hurt your supply. Even if your baby always seems hungry, if you just nurse him as often as he wants he will get enough and it will help your body produce more. Breastfeeding works through supply and demand so the more he nurses the more you will make. And yes- not getting much from pumping is very normal and not indicative of your supply. I had the same issue the entire 9 months I breastfed- I knew he was getting enough, but when I would pump I could never get more than 2-3 oz total. Good luck!

Gwen - posted on 05/07/2010




If you are engorged, sometimes it's hard for the baby to latch on. Or, have you tried nursing without the syringe? I'm guessing he's not latching with the syringe in his way. Place him up to the breast and squeeze your nipple to get some breast milk in his mouth... maybe it'll entice him?

He may be stressing because he feels you stressing. It's hard, but try to relax.

If all else fails, get the lactation consultant back out there ASAP so she can see what he's doing.

Your supply should increase the more you nurse and pump. Your body will adjust to meet the demand.

Good luck :-) Don't give up!

JuLeah - posted on 05/07/2010




You are doing all the right things. Sometimes such things are out of our control. Go easy on yourself. Reducing the chances is not the same as preventing. Your child might not ever develop asthma, regardless of your breastfeeding or not.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms