Urgent Help Req

Discussion in 'Feeding & Nutrition' started by Kiranxxx, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Kiranxxx

    Kiranxxx Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I had my baby on Christmas Day a little girl, i started to breast feed straightaway and all was going well until say Wed evening she just kept sucking at my nipple and to me it felt as though there was nothing coming out. She would suck then 5 mins later want to suck again.

    I carried on till my nipples got really sore and to the point i couldnt cope. We were disharged on thursday and since thur night i felt i was starving my baby cause my instinct feels there is nothing there not even a drop.
    So we put her on formula and i spoke to my m/w about this although she wasn't pleased I did say that I want to go back to breast no matter what.

    Since the break I can feel my breasts slightly lumpy and heavy but as of yet nothing is coming out.

    Am i doing the right thing by doing both? i'm so worried as my baby just kept crying.
     
  2. Rosieroo

    Rosieroo Well-Known Member

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    Has the mw helped with latching techniques? If you want to breastfeed you need to get her back on the breast ASAP but get your MW to come out and see you as soon as possible to show you how to latch her on.

    :hug: In the meantime there are some latching videos on you tube etc for tips.

    Your nipples will get sore, you've got a baby on them feeding pretty much continually so it's inevitable that it's going to start hurting. It will get better, it just takes time.
     
  3. Marijana FC

    Marijana FC Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you should try to gently massage your breasts in order to break those lupms and give yourself some relief until baby goes back on the breast? I find massing to be the most pleasant and efficient in the shower.
    Good luck with breastfeeding - do you have any nipple creams? They are not going to heal your nipples straight away but they do provide some sort of a pain relief. :hug:
     
  4. Kiranxxx

    Kiranxxx Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    The latching part is fine as they checked at the hospital, my concern was that as i was breastfeeding i felt as though there was nothing coming out and it was just getting sore as my baby was just sucking then kept crying after each breast feed making me think she was still hungry plus she wouldnt sleep all night.

    Thats the reason i moved over to formula but is this ok to combine with breast if my milk eventually comes out.

    sorry just dont know what to do.
     
  5. babyroo

    babyroo Well-Known Member

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    First of all huge :hug: 's , my little girl did exactly the same as yours and I think most breastfed babies are like that. I would give your breasts a bit of a massage in the shower as suggested above then try feeding your LO from the breast , it sounds like your breasts may be a bit engorged and this can make it harder for the baby to latch on properly and get milk out. Also get some Lansihol cream , this worked wonders on my sore nipples,put it on after every feed, its fantastic because you dont have to wipe it off before the next feed.
    Also check out www.kellymom.com this site has loads of breastfeeding info on there. Huge :hug: 's and hope things start settling for you soon.
     
  6. Rubys mummy

    Rubys mummy Well-Known Member

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    :hug: :hug: :hug:

    I had the same thing, I tried to breast feed for 2 days in hozie after my c section, she seemed to latch on ok ( a midwife sat with me the morning after her birth to show me how..) and I could feel her pulling. She would feed for an hour on one breast, then another hour on second breast and this continued for 2 days....

    At 4am the third morning, the midwives returned her to me after taking her so I could "rest"-I couldnt as I could hear her crying constantly :roll: they suggested I "give her a good feed"...I tried for a further 2 hours, and finally relented and asked for formula. She settled straight away, and I never looked back, she was like a differnet baby, so content. A few days later I found I had a nasty infection in my c section scar which they say may of stopped my milk production....

    I loved the feeling of feeding her, and I was so upset I couldnt satisfy her, but at the end of the day I just wanted her to be happy.

    I hope things work out for you hunny, and you settle into a routine that suits you both :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
     
  7. valentine

    valentine Well-Known Member

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    Please see a midwife/health visitor asap - you need some specialist individual face2face help if you want to continue breastfeeding. If you want to continue, I know its so hard (been there) but you'll need to keep the baby suckling as much as you can bear (so that your milk supply doesn't diminish) and ride out the nipple pain - eventually the baby will get to the milk and you will get some relief from the engorgement and lumps.

    It sounds like your latch isn't exactly right - it wouldn't do any harm for them to show you/watch you again and stay with you until after a feed finishes and suggest things if baby is still upset/looks hungry.

    Its hard to know what to suggest from afar, but hopefully you'll get to see a professional asap.

    Congratulations on your special Christmas delivery!

    Valentine Xxx
     
  8. MissThing

    MissThing Well-Known Member

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    I suppose your main worry is it ok to breastfeed and give formula as well? I had milk supply problems, so Daniel had breastmilk, as well as formula all the time. Only lately, I started to breasfeed him more, then giving formula. So I think its ok, but its a very hard job. The LO can soon realise, that getting milk from the bottle is easier then from the breast (happened to me, took ages to get him back on breast). I think, if you want to continue with breastfeeding, give yourself some rest. Try to expess breastmilk every 3 hours (it will keep your milk supply up), in a few days, your breasts will be back to normal and you will be able to breastfeed again. ( I was using Aven Isis hand pump and it was great! Also, in my area it is possible to get a free electroic breastpump from midwife, so you can ask about that too). And I think you will be much happier, when you wont be in pain. But it is importaint to express all the time, even if very little comes out. I hope this will help :hug:
     
  9. NIE

    NIE Well-Known Member

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    I started breastfeeding when Adam was first born but gave up 14 hours later as I wasn't producing milk and felt I was starving him too. The staff wanted me to carry on but I am glad I didn't as 16 days later I still haven't had a drop of fluid.

    It has upset me and just wanted to send you some hugs and give you my support. :hug: :hug: :hug:

    Let us know how you are getting on. xxx
     
  10. Rosieroo

    Rosieroo Well-Known Member

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    Your milk tends to come in after 3-4 days of breastfeeding, for some formula feeders it still comes in. During the first few days you only produce a few drops of colostrum at each feed.
     
  11. trixipaws

    trixipaws Well-Known Member

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    for the first 3 or 4 days before my proper milk came in, i was paranoid millie wasnt getting anything, firstly because i couldnt see it on her chin or dripping out of me (like it does later lol) but also because it was new to me and i couldnt tell if i was doing it right. the MWs told me if i could see her temples moving she was suckling properly, and if u listen carefully u can hear the baby swallowing- then u kno she's getting some.
    persevere hun, try to get some more support from ur MW and in the mean time i dont think theres any harm in breast & formula feeding. :hug:
     

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