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08/09/2013 at 11:47
Wondering if anyone could help me. My baby was born last week at 36 + 5 weeks, so a little early but all was ok. This is my 3rd baby and I formula fed the other 2. I really wanted to breastfeed this little one but after 24 hours ended up giving her formula. We were in hospital for 3 days and it was all stressing me out. Since being home I cant stop feeling guilty for giving up so easily and really regret giving up so easily. So we are on day 9 now, would it be possible to start breast feeding again and if so does any one have any advice. She latched on this morning for about 10 minutes before I gave her her bottle, so she can still suck. My breasts have definately gone down now but still leak a little. Would it be possible? Thanks ladies x
08/09/2013 at 12:01
It is possible but I think you need some proper help. Can you find a local breastfeeding counsellor? The Nct and abm helplines should be open today if you want to call and talk through with a professional. Skin to skin is important and obviously let her feed as much as possible.
08/09/2013 at 12:33
Absolutely possible as I've done it. If you can search for my posts that might be helpful but ultimately my baby wouldn't latch on for longer than 30 secs so I had to express every 3 hours day and night and even if I wasn't getting anything out I had to express for 20 mins, I highly recommend a double pump and use both sides every time. This was the advice from both bf support and my hv. Tons of skin to skin, eat oats, porridge, lots of water and fenugreek from holland and Barrett is great. What made the biggest difference to me was domperidone from my gp. I still double pump after the first morning feed and after the bedtime feed. My supply is still not as great as it was but I am exclusively bfing baby with a 3oz top of ebm at bedtime. You will maybe need to mix feed for another few weeks but exclusively feeding is possible.
08/09/2013 at 12:36
Also try and latch her on very frequently as that's going to be the best thing. It might mean you don't leave the house for quite a while but the pay off is worth it. I tried to bf and express at least 8 times in a 24 hour period.
08/09/2013 at 12:39
My op mumdrum.com/.../9652.aspx
08/09/2013 at 18:10
you definitely can. is there a breastfeeding group near you, I put off going to one but it was really helpful. Also kellymom is a great website!
09/09/2013 at 08:42
Thanks for all the replies, well done tweetie pie on all your hard work. I was hoping for a positive story. My midwife is coming this morning so going to talk it through with her.
18/09/2013 at 10:33
How did you get on? X
21/09/2013 at 22:02
Well after alot of trying, baby has been really struggling to latch on. So tonight we tried nipple shields and we have a sleeping baby with a full tummy! Now just need to work on my supply so we can do every feed. Thanks for thinking of us x
21/09/2013 at 22:09
Lovely to hear
21/09/2013 at 23:29
Fab news. I'm still using nipple shields at 17 weeks and can't see us stopping now. I still express every morning and night to keep my supply up but also to build up a stash of frozen ebm x
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