You can get an LC to come out to do a home visit today. I can recommend a couple in your area if you PM me. I got one at 2 weeks to come on a long weekend and she helped build my confidence, and I've just dropped in at the maternal child health clinic this morning and had an LC there watch me feed and did a refresher. See if you can get in this afternoon because it can do the trick for your 5 days away?
If baby is not latching on properly then he is not effectively sucking hence not putting on weight, and takes forever to feed, If he is latching on properly and sucking effectively it shouldn't take forever. Also I think you're pumping too long, 10mins on each side has been the advice given to me consistently by the hospital as well as the LC's. I hired a Medela pump and it does the nipple stim thingy for 2 mins. You need to look at the flange size ?too small or if your pump pressure has been dialled too high for your comfort. The other thing is if your nipples are damaged it can hurt if that part touches the flange. It might be worth using a nipple shield while you let your nipple heal.
The baby is more effective at stimulating the breast to increase supply than the pump. I had low supply problems in the first 2.5 weeks, on the advice of the LC, I started Motilium, then Fenugreek and Milk Thistle. Also pumping in between feeds, aim a total of 8-9 times of either BF or pumping per day. If your baby is not gaining weight it'll be almost 2 hourly. I was told to aim for 150ml per kg weight in 24 hours.
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28-05-2012 12:07 #11
28-05-2012 21:55 #12
Just a note about the sore you have on your boob.....the best advice I got from my Dr when my poor boobs were in tatters after a terrible start to BFing my DD1 was to lay under the heat lamps in my bathroom.
I just expressed a little BM and let them dry under the heat lamp, the sores healed super quick and the heat was comforting too.
A quick spell with the hair dryer would work the same way if you don't have the heat lamps.
Best of luck, it sounds like you're doing a great job so keep it up, it can be really tough in those early weeks but you'll get there
29-05-2012 05:35 #13
I had a sore bleeding left nipple early on. The only way I could get through feeds was to change positions. The football hold was my pain saver.
29-05-2012 05:46 #14Senior Member
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The best thing I used to heal my boobs were hydrogel breast discs that you put in the fridge and then place on your nipple. You can buy them from big w - they saved my sanity!
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29-05-2012 07:56 #15
All the best for your trip to Sydney. As the others have said time on the breast is the most important thing right now to get your supply established. Expressing and feeding bubs via a bottle is actually a lot more time consuming and difficult if you don't need it. If you're feeding bubs 3 hourly, then you also need to be expressing 3 hourly and honestly right now you don't need that extra stress. You will gain confidence in feeding in public. You can buy breastfeeding tops (3/4 sleeve or long sleeve) from Target and Kmart where you pull the top layer aside just over your bra and there's a hole in the inner layer to allow you to feed. That makes it more discreet and simpler to feed on the go, especially in the cooler months!
I found that swapping sides after 10 minutes helped me with my ds who also liked to feed for 40 - 60 minutes at a time. Babies will get 70 - 80% of the milk they need in the first 10 minutes or so, so if you swap sides after 10 minutes bubs will get more milk in quicker. You'll need to swap back again and still let bubs drink for longer than the 10 minutes, but it means your bub will be closer to full quicker. This is good if you've got limited time to feed (eg. needing to get out the door to an appointment) and also to help bubs get lots of milk in before bubs gets too tired (which can be an issue with newborns).
As bubs hasn't yet regained the weight lost initially you should be feeding 3 hourly (at the most). I remember when I took my ds home from special care I demand fed and then 2 days later he'd only put on 50g and the nurses insisted I feed him 3 hourly (I'd been feeding roughly 4 hourly on demand). 3 days later he'd gained 500g! My ds had bad jaundice so that's why it was important for me to feed him on a schedule rather than wait for him to wake cause the jaundice made him more sleepy.
Don't worry about your breasts feeling full or not, as long as bubs is having lots of wet nappies and is content then all is good. The lack of 'feeling' of fullness is not a reflection of not having enough milk.
All the best! It really does get easier and bubs will speed up feed times in the next few weeks so you won't always feel like you feed all day and all night.
29-05-2012 08:30 #16Senior Member
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Mim, great advice. - just checking, did you mean 3 hourly or less, so feeding 2 hourly is ok, but 4 hourly too long at this time? my bub was a slow grower and we fed 2 hourly during the day that helped to get her weight up.
29-05-2012 11:37 #17
29-05-2012 17:39 #18
Wow so much good advice! Thanks everyone! I'll certainly give them a try I know it's a long n slow process but I'm just impatient to know I'm doing the right thing by my lil man.
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11-06-2012 20:46 #20Junior Member
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I wanted to second all the great advice in this thread - well done! I just wanted to add that you can get the ABA counsellors on email as well as phone, some people perfer email where you have time to process your thoughts/ questions rather than phone https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/breastfeeding-helpline
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