I have everything crossed that if I arm myself with so much more knowledge this time around I might have a better chance at success.
I think my son may have had a shallow latch too or maybe it was more of the issue that there wasn't much nipple sticking out for him to physically latch onto.
Yes I totally agree about the bf needing to be taught when you have the baby to practice with. I unfortunately didn't get the theory behind the techniques or the mechanics of breastfeeding prior so I think that was why I didn't succeed. My midwife also flew interstate to visit her son a few hours after my son was born so I didn't get that initial support either.
My Ob wants me to be in contact with the specialist lactation consultants at the hospital and then once I am home I will have the private lactation consultant visit me at home too.
Thanks for your reply 😃
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03-03-2014 13:54 #11
03-03-2014 14:01 #12
It is so hard isn't it. The first nipple shields I had were the wrong size too so they were pinching.
That is interesting that she latched perfectly when she was born even with the flag nipples or did your nipples change much the second time around?
Ouch it sounds like you had a bad run with your nipples too. Lucky they picked up the tongue tie and got it fixed and you have managed to feed for 11 months that is fantastic! Shield or no shield I am not bothered, whatever works I reckon.
What pump are you using? I can't wait for my Spectra S2 to arrive.
I am hoping that this time as I am having a planned c-section I can have skin to skin contact straight away and attempt feeding while they are stitching me up.
Thanks again 😀
03-03-2014 14:03 #13
Yay great to hear that someone else has heard of it and is using it. The positions just look so much more comfortable and natural to me.
Yes breastfeeding is certainly a learned skill.
I am feeling more positive this time around, fingers crossed it all works well.
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03-03-2014 14:04 #14
03-03-2014 14:19 #15
Wow I am super impressed that after 3 months he just latched on that is fantastic.
That would have been tough having your little fella in NICU too.
I tried a few different brands of shields Medela and Advent and I can't remember the other one but found them so difficult to use and just extra fluffing around.
I want to try the bf but I am happy to express too to try and keep the supply up as much as possible. I just had supply issues last time so hoping that my supply will be ok this time. I was lucky yo get about 20-40mls after about 30 minutes of pumping. It is very helpful to know that you also have the spectra S2 and that it is awesome. I have heard so many good reviews. The lactation consultant said it is heaps better than my Medela Mini Electric that I had. It is also a double pump so will be a lot faster yày.
Your story has certainly made me feel more confident - THANK YOU
You should be stocked! I am stoked for you! You should be very proud of your little man 😀
03-03-2014 14:20 #16
Sorry for all of the individual replies, still haven't quite mastered the multiple quote yet.
03-03-2014 14:44 #17
Get in contact with your local Australian Breastfeeding Association. I have found them to be invaluable source of support and information. Good luck.
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03-03-2014 15:33 #18
I have flat nipples but never even knew there was such a thing prior to my first being born
I was a little complacent with him latching and ended up with nearly detached excruciating nipples It took about a month for them to heal and I just persevered through the pain with no expressing or shields.
Anyway I went on to feed him for 2.5 years and his sister for another 2.5 years with no dramas at all.
my advice is to pay close attention to every single latch in the early weeks and to always get the Special K mouth happening.
you sound like you are preparing yourself amazingly well! Good luck
03-03-2014 16:04 #19
When I saw an LC at 5 weeks with DS (by that stage latching was perfect with DD, though I've had low supply with both) she tried a few positions with me first , including reclined. I'd tried it at home and knew it didn't work. Nothing to do with the posterior tongue tie that she then diagnosed. More because my milk takes about 2-3 minutes to let down plus is then pretty slow to come out unless (by some miracle) I'm engorged. So laying back a little meant an uphill battle for my milk.
In the early days it worked best if I lay DS on a pillow on my lap and lowered boob into his mouth so gravity was working with me.
So just see how you go, try lots of different hold/positions and see what works best for you and bub as we're all a bit unique!
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03-03-2014 16:14 #20
I have flat nipples and have just started weaning Dd who is 6 weeks old off nipple shields. I thought I'd need to use them until we finished breastfeeding all together but now that she is bigger it seems a lot easier to get her to latch correctly, It sometimes takes a few tries to get her on properly but once she most of the time she stays there.
I also think I'm less stressed and have more confidence than in the beginning and that is helping, especially because my nipples have healed, they were quite cracked and grazed in the beginning until I used the shields and now they seem to be a little tougher.
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