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Ok, looks like my daughter might have Hip Dysplasia. My Ped, on girls who were breech, automatically does an US at 6 wks to check for it. We got a call today telling us to make an apt with the Ped. Orthopaedic Group because her hips were not dislocated but were "shallow".<br><br>
After looking on the web, they consider this developmental hip dysplasia. I don't go in until next week Wed., but I have seen the type of harness/sling they use, and it really doesn't look comfortable or even friendly for bf'ing. Basically the thing pulls the baby's knees up to their chest and spreads their legs wide open. From the reading initially they have to stay in the harness/sling 24/7 for a period of time (guess it depends upon the particular child's needs and how bad the dysplasia is)...<br><br>
So, I know if you put the child in this position, I am not going to be able to pull her close in to feed. Fortunately I am large breasted so she doesn't have to be snug up against me, but I am not sure how I am going to be able to do it with her knees and legs spread out the way they are possibley going to be.<br><br>
Hence the reason I am asking if anyone has done it...so I can get some pointers to be prepared for Wed. This way if I have to transition to bottle feeding I can start expressing and getting my body to let down for the pump and get myself on a schedule of 24/7 pumping eveyr 1 1/2 hours (2 at max) to feed her during this time. This way I can also find all my bottles which are stored somewhere in the basement since I rarely if ever used them in the last 3 1/2 years.<br><br>
Melissa S.
 

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One of the pediatricians at our old practice bf her daughter for one year, who was in a brace because of a dislocated hip from birth. So, theoretically, it can be done, and I would avoid pumping and bottles at all costs (because that's what I had to do- for different reasons- and it's torture).<br><br>
Are you sure she will be put into a brace immediately on Wed? I only ask because usually at Ortho, we have to be measured first, and then maybe you'll have time to ask questions about the exact brace and how often she can be taken out, etc. I would wait and see and give it a chance before transitioning to pumping, because it's a huge, life-changing PITA. And it's not necessarily every 2 hrs max, I did EP'ing for the first two months on a 8-10 times per day, usually 3 hr schedule, and then at 12 wks went down to 7 times a day and even slept through the night at that point. My daughter has many issues and special needs so I do understand the stress of what you're going through, and I"m not trying to make light of it, but wait and see exactly what you're facing before making that decision, you never know- you might be able to bf comfortably or take her out of it to nurse, it depends on her individual case.
 

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My mother BFed my younger sister when she had the same hip problem. I was 4 at the time, so I don't know the details, but I know she did it somehow. My mother never pumped either.
 

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One of the pediatricians at our old practice bf her daughter for one year, who was in a brace because of a dislocated hip from birth. So, theoretically, it can be done, and I would avoid pumping and bottles at all costs (because that's what I had to do- for different reasons- and it's torture).<br><br>
Are you sure she will be put into a brace immediately on Wed? I only ask because usually at Ortho, we have to be measured first, and then maybe you'll have time to ask questions about the exact brace and how often she can be taken out, etc. I would wait and see and give it a chance before transitioning to pumping, because it's a huge, life-changing PITA. And it's not necessarily every 2 hrs max, I did EP'ing for the first two months on a 8-10 times per day, usually 3 hr schedule, and then at 12 wks went down to 7 times a day and even slept through the night at that point. My daughter has many issues and special needs so I do understand the stress of what you're going through, and I"m not trying to make light of it, but wait and see exactly what you're facing before making that decision, you never know- you might be able to bf comfortably or take her out of it to nurse, it depends on her individual case.</div>
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Bri:<br><br>
I know the tortures of expressing - with DS1 ( 4 1/2 years ago) we had latch issues, and for 6 weeks of his life I had to nurse him till he unlatched, supplimental feed with a bottle (either ebm and/or ff depending upon how hungry he was and how much I had been able to express after his previous feeding)...then pump. I had to do this every feeding 24/7. I was litterally a basket case...<br><br>
I know I will have to pump every 1 1/2 - 2 hours, otherwise I will loose my supply and I don't let down well. I will probably be lucky to get 2 ounces out per pumping no matter how far between - unless I go like 4-6 hours. I have never let down well for a pump (electric, hospital grade or manual)....<br><br>
I am just trying to get an idea, because I have no clue what to expect on Wednesday....so I am just trying to be prepared in advance in case they do put a brace thing on her. From the looks of it, it is basically a universal thing, and the straps are then adjusted on each child for what their needs are...and then are adjusted at every apt based upon progress...so I am not sure if there is any special fitting in this case...<br><br>
I know as an adult with my knee they are constantly fitting knee braces at each new injury...<br><br>
Melissa S.
 
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