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I am so confused and have no idea what to do with this problem. Literally all of the sudden my 5 day old ds will not latch. I've been having a hard time waiting for my milk to come in, but last night at 11pm we went up to bed and had what I thought was an awesome feed - lots of sucking and swallowing, great latch, etc. Then ds was up at 1am looking to eat again and refused to latch. He's had a great latch right from the beginning but last night he would take the breast into his mouth and maybe suckle just a bit but no real sucking. We kept trying until he got completely frustrated and was screaming and I sent dh downstairs to get the finger feeding system (which we had used 3 times up until then, starting at day 3) and gave him an ounce from that. I've tried latching him a number of times since and twice he has latched and sucked for about 5 seconds and then let go. I feel like he's frustrated because my milk is not coming. I can pump a bit and I can express it with my hand before latching him but it's dribbling out and I feel like he wants it faster. He seems insatiably hungry but I can't get him on the breast - so frustrating! With my other two babes I had lots and lots of milk by this point and an overactive letdown so this is new territory.<br><br>
I started Fenugreek yesterday, dh is getting me Blessed Thistle today, I'm drinking Weleda nursing tea and eating oatmeal. And now today I'm freaking out because up until last night at 1am I would have said nursing him was smooth sailing and was going to be great and then it just absolutely fell apart. Please help!
 

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This happened when my DD was 8 days old...just stopped latching on. It was very frustrating for both of us because it went on into the next day! I broke down and DH went out and bought a nipple sheild and we used it until she was 5 weeks old. I wish you luck!!
 

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I would contact the lactation consultant at the hospital where you gave birth. If there's no one on call for the weekend, see if a nuse in the post-partum unit is really good with breastfeeding. That's what these folks are there for!
 

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This might sound weird since you did have overactive letdown before and know what it's like. But is there any chance that's the problem again, and he's not latching because the milk comes too fast? If so, there are things you can do for that...<br><br>
I definitely agree that meeting with a lactation consultant and/or calling your local LLL group would be a great idea.<br><br>
Good luck. That sounds very frustrating.
 

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I hope things are going better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Unfortunately in our area, hopefully not yours, Perogi, once you have left the hospital the post-partum nurses and hospital LC are not able to help you since you are no longer their patient.<br><br>
Call LLL in your area (phone numbers are available at <a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org" target="_blank">www.lalecheleague.org</a>) -- they are a great resource and will have questions and suggestions for you; also the Leaders in your area should be able to refer you to some IBCLC's in your area also.<br><br>
Hang in there!!
 
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