I am having problems and am frustrate...
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|Mon, 11-19-2001 - 2:22pm|
I am having problems and am frustrated. Any advice? (m, long)
Hi everyone. Alyssa is 3 weeks and 3 days old and I am having problems breastfeeding her. I am extremely frustrated and am seriously considering pumping exclusively.
I am having a latch problem that started over a week ago. I was using the football hold with a couple of pillows on the couch to feed her and I started noticing her making clicking noises and I could feel her on the end of the nipple. If I moved away from her, there was no suction and I was able to pull away.
Saturday, I used a boppy pillow on the rocking chair with the cradle hold and it seemed to go well with the first few feedings. But then I was getting sore nipples and we started to lose the latch again. She is fine in the first few minutes when she is sucking strongly but when she pauses, it seems she loses her grip. I also don't necessarily know that she is grabbing enough of the areola. I tried squeezing it into an oblong shape but I don't think that worked. When I'm trying to re-latch her, she starts crying and hunches up and puts her hands in front of her mouth. If I successfully get her hands down, she's still hunched up and I can't easily get her to the breast. She will also dart her head forward to the nipple but not necessarily when she had her mouth open wide. It is really frustrating for both of us.
I called a LC at the hospital today and the suggestions she made were ones I had been trying already: Support the breast so it's not sitting on her chin; Squeeze the breast to send more milk out to keep her sucking; Keep her pulled in close; Have the nipple point to the roof of her mouth as I bring her on to the breast. If that doesn't work today, I'm to call later to schedule an appointment for tomorrow.
She also has a nibbling habit that drives me up a wall. After she's done seriously sucking, she'll do something that seems like she's nibbling and then strongly suck for a few pulls. Then she'll stop for a couple of seconds and repeat the sequence. I tried tickling under her chin to keep her going but she still only does the nibbling thing if she does keep going. If I pull out, she starts crying until I put her back on the breast again.
Is there anything more that I can do? I've looked at the Kelly mom site for suggestions and the mother to mother site but haven't been able to successfully use their advice.
I don't know if I want to keep breastfeeding in spite of all the benefits of it.
Nancy and Alyssa (10/26/01)