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    Default 2 Week old still won't attach.. confused!!

    Hey guys, hope to get some more advice. My 2 week old daughter has had attachment issues from the start and getting very confused now. From the start she could not attach and just sucked at the nipple which caused me to get blisters and hurt. I had a c section so when left hospital after 5 days all the mid wives said different things. They all said she knows what she is doing and keep persisting and she will attach when ready. We also had another person give us a nipple sheild which i used and Isla could use that.. but now she won't even attach at all. I put her near my nipple and try get her on.. she just nibbles away and goes off, then starts getting fustrated and cries alot.

    We have been seeing a lactation consultant at the hospital twice this week who said first was a supple issue, so now I am expressing every 2 hours and on medication. But then yesterday we went in a Isla attached perfectly on both breasts first time in front of her, and she said everything is fine. Since being home have had few feeds and now will not attach at all again.

    So just not sure what to do.. we want to persist with the breastfeeding, but partner back to work monday so will be alone and starting to freak out cause he has been such a great help. Im happy at the moment to keep expressing as much as I can and then topping her up with formula (have been doing this since been home.. she is having per feed 60-80ml EBM, 30-50 formula). Sometimes only just having formula if unable to express. But then want to keep trying the breastfeeding.

    Has anyone had these issues and does it really just take time and one day she will get it? I hate seeing her so stressed out and makes me get very upset as well!!

    Any advice for us would be great

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    See another LC and have your lo checked for a tongue/upper lip tie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felicia81 View Post
    See another LC and have your lo checked for a tongue/upper lip tie.
    Thanks for the reply. We are back at hospital Tuesday so see what they say. Just gets confusing as while at the hospital when she was born we had 4-5 different midiwves saying different things and the lady we saw last week was great.. but then Isla went on straight away in front of her and she sid everything was ok.. this was the first time.

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    Can you get your partner to film her when she won't attach so you can show it to the LC next week? Might give her an idea of what is happening at home.

    Goodluck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by felicia81 View Post
    See another LC and have your lo checked for a tongue/upper lip tie.
    Def have them check this.
    My DS is 11 wks & had been checked for the tongue but no one ever mentioned upper lip. I went to a ABA meeting & someone asked me & I had a look & he has it, I see a specialist this week about getting it cut, I am still having issues with cracks etc latch is perfect so hoping this is my answer. Funny thing is DS1 has this too & I couldn't BF him either


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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpingInMuddyPuddles View Post
    If she's being given formula from a bottle, she might prefer that? I've heard babies that have bottles can sometimes refuse the breast because they have to work for the milk. I'd be backing right off on the formula bottles until bf is properly established.
    Agree with this. LO could be refusing breast because the bottle is easier. Its best to wait a couple months until BF is properly established.IMO

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    Could she be over tired ? missy has great attachment but when she's sleepy she jerks around, plays and doesn't latch correctly.
    I have also discovered I have a fast let down so if I'm not positioned right she pulls away ( obviously because she's getting too much in at once)


 

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