new here- not sure whether to EP

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Registered: 12-01-2011
new here- not sure whether to EP
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 3:58pm

Hello everyone!

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Registered: 11-19-2011
Thu, 12-01-2011 - 9:16pm
Im in your shoes with 12 w premie girls. in fact im pumping now. they have very poor latches and I'm really just pumping even though I really want to breast feed. I dont have an answer for you, just a hug! and reassurance that you are not alone.
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Registered: 10-28-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 2:23am

Hi! I just replied to your other post and then saw this one. I was wondering, is the LC you saw experienced with tongue tie? I would look into finding one who is and get him evaluated. He might have a suck issue tied to that because it sounds similar to my issues and tongue tie was the root issue. Unfortunately, by the time I got it remedied he was already set in his poor sucking ways and exclusive breastfeeding ceased to be a possiblity. I highly recommend finding an LC who is experienced and can look at him as well as maybe trying to have his suck evaluated with a feeding clinic if there is one local. A good LC should know about these things. So often there are things that can be done if you are able to find the right resources. Take heart. I know how tough this can be! I remember feeling that even if I could get all my sons problems solved I didn't even know if I would want to go back to full time breastfeeding b/c things had been so stressful. I feel for you! And congrats to you on the birth of you son! What a blessing!!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 3:20pm
Welcome, and congratulations on your new little one!

I agree with the previous poster's suggestion of exploring an LC who has knowledge of tongue tie, or simply trying a different LC than the one you have seen. Have you seen more than one?

For the blister, ask your OB to prescribe APNO (all purpose nipple ointment--ha). You can use it safely while breastfeeding or pumping and it doesn't have to be washed off. It helps with pain and healing of the blisters.

Since you are 3 weeks in and have made it this far, I guess I would say keep trying for the BF if you can. However, despite 5 LC's I could never get things to go correctly and I know how emotionally and physically painful it can be, and how the stress and frustration can make you crazy, so EPing may relieve some of that for you. If you have been EPing for the last week you are probably getting a taste of the commitment and the experience, which might help you choose whether or not you want to do it full time. I definitely had ups and downs over my year of EPing, but it did get better, particularly once my daughter's sleep schedule became more regular and I could schedule pumping during naps and nighttime sleep.

Congratulations again, and good luck!

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Registered: 12-01-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 4:26pm

I have seen 2 LCs so far- one i had to pay $175 for!

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Registered: 12-04-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 9:03pm

hi Jenn,

i feel your pain.

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Registered: 05-25-2011
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 12:25pm

Hello and welcome.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 1:03pm
The LCs sure due get expensive.

If you haven't already, don't forget to ask your doc about the APNO. It healed my blisters really quickly and it has pain reliever too--if you are giving BF another shot, it might help you get healed quickly enough to give it a go. And if not, it will at least make your pumping much more comfortable. Hope you are hanging in there! EPing is a big pain in the neck (and other places), but if you do decide to go this route it really does get better after the first 12 weeks, and a lot better after 6 months.

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 10:22am
I just wanted to send encouragement your way. I started out EPing for DD because she wouldn't latch and EPd for her for 10 weeks. In the end our issues were resolved and we took a few weeks to get DD back to the breast using a nipple shield. It may be worth your while to EP for a while to heal the nipples and try BFing again. Of course every situation is different but I just wanted to let you knOw that there is some hope. My DD was very resistant at first, but I would offer when she wasn't hungry (about an hour after a bottle) and be sure to express a drop of milk onto the nipple shield to give her a taste. It took a few weeks and often she cried and wasn't interested. I made sure not to push her at those times. I do remember the nipple shield offering some protection so I wasn't as sore while she learned. Now she is 8 months old and still nursing. Hang in there, there are options for later and if EPing doesn't work out, it's not a disservice to your baby. You are trying very hard in a tough situation *hugs*
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Registered: 12-23-2011
Sat, 12-24-2011 - 10:22am

Hi,

I am in the same exact boat as you. DD is 3 weeks old, won't latch. I am using a nipple sheild whenever I try though. I am also stuck between EPing and BF, though doing more of the former. I am offering breast everysingle feeding during the day and she takes it 1 out of 10 times but is not very effective at it. She can be on breast for over an hour and only get an ounce of milk. It takes a lot of time out of my day to try both but I am hanging in there. That is pretty much all I am doing all day long, try to feed her and pump after. It definitely gets exhausting just to do it during the day so I give up at nights. At nights, DH bottle feeds her while I pump.