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<p>I am having some difficulty breastfeeding my newborn and am hoping for some advice.  He's my first, so I'm totally inexperienced at breastfeeding, but I am very motivated to learn.  I am hoping to breastfeed exclusively at least 6 months and nurse for hopefully at least 2 years, but we are having a little trouble getting started.</p>
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<p>My little guy was born at 4:10 Saturday morning at 38w3d.  We had a natural birth with a midwife in a hospital after a very fast labor - only 3 hours from arrival at hospital at 2 cm dilation to baby in arms.  He seems fully cooked and didn't have any noticeable problems right away.  However, his white blood cell count was high Sunday morning signifying infection and the pedi was worried he had gotten Strep B. I tested positive at 36 weeks and had the IV antibiotics as soon as I got to the hospital, but my labor was so fast they may not have had time to work. He's been on antibiotics and fluids and is improving quickly thankfully. I was SO relieved when his strep test came back negative.</p>
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<p>Also my nipples are kind of flat and he won't take them. Using a nipple shield is helping, but he's not all that motivated to suck strongly. That may be due to him fighting infection or maybe he just isn't hungry cause he's had IV fluids/antibiotics. Or maybe he's just not that interested now cause my milk isn't in yet??? Hopefully when the milk comes in and he's feeling better then he'll start feeding better? I am offering the breast often (every hour or two) and can usually get him to suck a little for a few minutes. He's done really well for a couple of feedings here and there, but mostly he just seems like he isn't that into it. <span style="display:none;"> </span></p>
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<p>Thoughts?  He has not had any bottles or pacifiers.  He sometimes sucks on his fingers and will suck on my pinky pretty strongly but just isn't that interested in my nipples :-(</p>
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<p>nursing a sleepy baby so this will be short.  Congrats!  Hang in there and keep offering.</p>
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<p>Are you hand expressing or pumping to get your supply up?  That would be what I would do as baby is not so interested in nursing.  I would guess from IV fluids. </p>
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<p>Personally, I would feed baby any expressed milk by cup, syringe or tube feed at the breast - I am always worried that sleepy babies who get off to a rough start will get jaundiced and then be 'grabbed' by the hospital and put under bililights and not allow to nurse etc etc, so I probably over react with the feeding part!</p>
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<p>You can draw flat nipples out with a pump or nipple shell (not shield, shell) before nursing, which may help baby to latch.  Lots of skin to skin time (like all the time!) is really good, on you is best, and on your partner if you have one too will help.</p>
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<p>Also, be aware that you will likely get thrush from the antibiotics that you got, so making sure you have treatment on hand is a good idea.  I used gentian violet, which worked well for us.</p>
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<p>Finally, have you called a good LC or a LLL leader?  Having hands on help is so important, and empowering!</p>
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<p>Good luck, Mama, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
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<p>Saturday?  So baby is only 2 days old?  going on 3 now.  You may find he will pick up a little now, but to get him motivated, strip him down to diaper only to eat - (maximize the skin to skin contact at this time by taking off your shirt - or wearing a button down shirt)  keeping him cool will encourage him to 'wake up' and eat.    You said he is eating every 1 1/2 - 2 hours ...is that during the night too?  make sure he is eating AT LEAST every 3 - 4 hours during the night  - even if you have to wake him up. </p>
<p>Is he having wet and poopy diapers?  Seeing what is coming out is a great way to assess what is going in!  You sound like you are on the right track , keep  answering babies cries with a breast and all will be well. </p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the ideas!  He is making wet and poopy diapers and we are feeding him throughout the night as well.  My milk has started to come in and I have started pumping to try to relieve some of the engorgement.  My little one is also getting a bit more interested and is feeding a bit better.  We will do more skin to skin.  Also, we are waiting on labs, but should be able to be discharged this morning - yay!  Hopefully things will pick up.  I don't think there is a LLL in my town, but I know we have a LLL in a couple of neighboring towns so I will check them out.  I have a good friend who is an experienced nurser who offered to help as well.</p>
 

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<p>i would wear him topless so he will be "enticed" by the milk. i would guess the iv is filling him up. you just have to keep working on the latch *I* would avoid giving any expressed milk b/c you want him to latch and get milk...if you give it to him in a cup its alot easier and he may just want to do that....</p>
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<p>FYI he may lose more weight than the pedi wants him to at his next visit...b/c of the iv ect. do not let this deter you from BFing...no he does not NEED formula to put on some weight. (idk how you're pedi is)</p>
 

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<p>YAY!  As soon as you are out of the hospital I bet things get better!  Plus it is just so much easier when your milk comes in.  With no fear of having baby placed in the NICU, pushed formula etc you'll be able to hang out in bed and just nurse <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>I should clarify that my initial thoughts about pumping and re-feeding in addition to nursing were to prevent any 'reason' for baby to be taken away from mom and to be fed formula (sadly it happens so often).  If mom and baby are safe from that and baby is term and feeding well, then expressing and re-feeding is not needed.</span></p>
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<p>Congratulations, Mama!  <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I can't comment about the nursing but I did want to tell you that my second babe had high white blood cells and also received a round of antibiotics at birth. I made them weight 12h to confirm the count was growing and then we did it. Didn't seem to effect nursing but this was my second and she had already latched well. No lingering issues with us. (I was super stressed out though because the hospital was being annoying about other issues, telling me I would have to leave the baby if she needed to stay in the hospital etc. No chance of that but it did not help.)</p>
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<p>Keep  offering at least every two hours, meet with the LC in the hospital, and find a LLL leader in your area </p>
 
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