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Breastfeeding issue- feeding with one breast only after breast cancer

post #1 of 9
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Well, as the title says... I'm breastfeeding from one breast. My baby is about 2 weeks old and the past 3 days she has green poop, a sore bum, is fussy/cranky early in the night and wants to nurse like every hour, and tonight... She nursed for a few minutes and lets go and is so full and passes out. From what I've read it seems like a fore milk/hind milk imbalance or over supply. It's suggests block feeding which um... Is really all I can do anyway with one breast. Anyone have any suggestions? Also, I think I fended off a case of mastitis about a week ago or so. My breast got red around my aereola and hot to the touch, and then I had a bit of a fever for two nights. I had called my Dr a few times but since my breast didn't hurt, she told me she thought I was okay. I used lots of hot comPresses and massaged my breast and now it looks good again and no fever.

Help!!
post #2 of 9
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Also, the past couple feedings tonight... She gulps it down for like 3-5 minutes and passes out. Usually she's on there for about 10, but now it seems like she's getting a ton quickly. Although I'm not 100% on anything cause I'm a FTM and Pretty clueless! Also, the whole letdown thing I don't really feel and if it matters to anyone trying to help me out... I do have a implant in my good breast (so it would match my reconstructed breast after the mastectomy) and the incision is under the breast.
post #3 of 9
It's wonderful that you're nursing at all! A big congratulations to you on your LO and successful nursing relationship. Block feeding unfortunately won't really help because you can't rest one breast for a number of hours to signal it to make a lower volume. What may help is reclined nursing where baby is on top of you so that she works against gravity. This will likely help with the over active letdown more than the oversupply but since the two often go hand in hand it may be effective anyways. I often just lay down on the couch and lay DD on top of me. It can be a very comfy position. I must run now but will try to check back later.
post #4 of 9
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How does their little face not totally get smashed in that Position?

Also, I cannot get this kid to latch on properly! She only wants to go right around my nipple and not the aerola. Any tips or suggestions?
post #5 of 9
It depends on your baby. Mine had strong neck muscles from the get go and often liked to be on my or DH's chest on her tummy. You can experiment with pillows to support baby partly on her side or try side lying nursing with baby on a firm cushion for height. The key thing is to try to get baby above the level of the breast so that gravity isn't helping to drain the breast. As baby grows and gets stronger, it will be easier to get into alternate positions with confidence. It may not be a good fit for all babies and moms but it has been a favourite of ours.

For getting a deeper latch, the boob sandwich was helpful to us. Grab your breast between thumb and other fingers as if you were holding a tall sandwich that you are trying to squish to fit into your mouth. Squeeze gently as you latch and this helps get more areola into baby's mouth. Depending on the proportion of your breast/areola/nipple, you still might not be able to get a lot of areola into her mouth but if nursing is comfortable and baby's mouth is wide open, it should be fine. I also found it helpful to wait for a wide open mouth and sometimes I would very very gently nudge her jaw down a bit as I helped her latch.

Hth.
post #6 of 9
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I'm trying the boob sandwhich, but how do you get them to latch onto that when you're squirting milk out everywhere!?

post #7 of 9

You can try pumping a little bit at the very beginning.  This will remove some of the foremilk and possibly avoid the squirting.  For my overactive letdown and oversupply, it worked.  I tried the baby sitting up position or on top, but my breasts are too big and it was uncomfortable.  After a few weeks, things improved with my milk stabilizing and baby getting accustomed to the extra milk.

post #8 of 9
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How long do you think it will take for my milk to stabilize? The baby will be 3 weeks tomorrow. She actually finally had yellow poop today after about a week of green, and then green-ish yellow... which is what got me researching foremilk/hindmilk!

post #9 of 9

I think it's different for every woman and every baby.  With my first DS, things got better at around 8 weeks.  Now, with my second DS, things definitely improved by 6 weeks.  He still gets green poops every so often, but the fast let down and a lot of milk don't bother him nearly as much.  It will get better for you, take it one day at a time and try some of the suggestions.  Before you know it, you'll probably have a fantastic nursing relationship.

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