Originally Posted by kimkim
any tips on giving her the pumped milk after nursing? dd tends to fall asleep at the breast and if she is awakened wants nothing more than more sucking. i'm having a hard time getting the pumped stuff into her. she's not at birthweight either
I have some of your issues too. A baby not quite up to birth weight (nearly two weeks old) - tender breasts, some cracks that come and go. Midwife who wants me to express via pump and feed the excess to the babe...but am leary of over-pumping whichever breast is most sore, as I'm pretty sure it makes it worse, and we're also have huge difficulty getting the excess milk back in the baby too. My partner has slightly better luck than me, but only about one lot in six gets back in. We were first told to feed it to her prior to breast feeding, then someone suggested after the breast, but beforehand she's usually screaming and wants boob, and after she is too tired and won't have a bar of it.
We've tried an eyedropper, and a small sippy cup. Most of it ends up on her clothes or ours.
Tricky! Any tips appreciated!!
With the soreness - all I keep reading is that it is all about the latch. You (me, anyone else) have got to persevere in getting the latch right. ARgh. Also tricky on top of soreness. One thing that sometimes works for me is apply a hot flannel or hot water bottle to the sore breast, then doing that first painful latch, and re-latching after a minute, then again, until it is all more comfortable.
I've also read a bit about aiming the nipple at the baby's nose, seemingly to make them open wide (have also read to aim at bottom lip! so much contradictory advice out there) - but I find if I do either, things are much sorer, nipple cracking and/or areola bruising afterwards.
It has improved a little tiny bit when I started using my index finger to hold her chin down (hence making her open wider) and aiming the nipple in the middle of the gaping hole of mouth.
Not forgetting that it is best to bring the baby's head forcefully to the breast, and not the other way around is the way to go too. (Hard to do right if in pain though.)
The other thing I've read is not to try and latch whilst baby is screaming or not calm. Haven't mastered the art of calming her down first at all. Sounds easy...but so isn't!
But I sympathise. Two weeks in and we're still having problems, pain really gets in the way of feeding, it's very unfortunate - if anyone has any further advice it would be much appreciated!