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My 9 day old spent 5 days in the NICU and I had to bottle feed since I wasn't producing anything, and then what I was producing went away from stress. Now she has nipple confusion and will not latch. We tried the SNS today and she still won't latch and fights with everything she has. A lactation consultant suggested to just keep trying, but her screaming and wailing is hard on me and I can't make her do that. We try for a while and I do my best to stay calm for her, but it's hard.<br>
Any ideas?<br>
Forcing her to only use my breast isn't an option, she must eat, she has low blood sugar issues and I can't risk another seizure. (which is what landed her in the NICU)<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 9 day old spent 5 days in the NICU and I had to bottle feed since I wasn't producing anything, and then what I was producing went away from stress. Now she has nipple confusion and will not latch. We tried the SNS today and she still won't latch and fights with everything she has. A lactation consultant suggested to just keep trying, but her screaming and wailing is hard on me and I can't make her do that. We try for a while and I do my best to stay calm for her, but it's hard.<br>
Any ideas?<br>
Forcing her to only use my breast isn't an option, she must eat, she has low blood sugar issues and I can't risk another seizure. (which is what landed her in the NICU)<br>
thanks.</div>
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i have no words of advice as i am in a similar situation (had to supplement early for same reason - against my better judgment). I too feel helpless, anxious and my heart breaks whenever my little girl refuses my breast. Just wanted to say you are not alone.
 

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We started supplements early due to extremely low weight gain in the first three weeks. She did at first decline to nurse and when she did, her latch was brutal. We're almost exclusively bfing now, and I think that's less perseverence than dumb luck but there it is.<br><br>
We went to the Dr. Brown's bottles with preemie nipples, and I would try to latch her on when she was not showing signs of hunger so she wasn't frantically trying to eat and getting frustrated. I would sqeeze out some milk and smear it on my nipple before offering it so she would catch onto the breast=food thing. Nipple shields didn't help. Seems we just kept trying and trying and I pumped to attempt to keep my supply up, and she just kind of caught on eventually. Forcing it won't work - it'll pset her more.<br><br>
We do go through bouts of bad nursing still, but we're at almost three months of at least some nursing, and I count that as victory.<br><br>
Hope it works out for you.
 
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