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Old December 19th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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latching problem

Kathryn will not latch. And if she does only sucks TWO times and that's it. She begins to fight and scream. HELP!!


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Old December 19th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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Have you tried using a nipple shield. I bought mine at Target and it was so helpful to at least get her to eat while we gradually worked on her latch.


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Old December 19th, 2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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I have one. But she mainly sucks on the tip. I'm so lost =(


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Old December 19th, 2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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How old is LO...honestly it's just so hard in the beginning, it takes time for both of you to figure it out and LO is probably tired all the time...keep working at it and it will come together. If your really worried then I suggest seeing a LCD, they really help with latching on and stuff.


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Old December 19th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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Honestly it is so difficult in the beginning. A poor latch and only nursing for a few mins could be a number of things and some of them easy to fix! Can you get to a lactation consultant so she can troubleshoot what is going on with your little one? Lots of times they have them in hospitals. Or you can do a quick search to find a LLL mtg. They are super awesome and will offer more support to you than you have ever dreamed of truly.


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Old December 19th, 2012, 10:41 AM   #6
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I agree with the other ladies about getting a certified LC to help, or at lease contact your LLL right away. It's hard for me to know exactly what the problem is without seeing it. Did you try a different hold? The football hold, using the nipple shield, was the only latch/position we could use in the beginning. Good luck and hang in there mama - you're doing great!


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Old December 19th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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My lo had the same problem a few weeks ago when he was about 2.5 weeks. He basically went on a nursing strike for 24 hours. We tried for hours on end with no success. I ended up giving him pumped milk in a bottle. I had to feed him somehow! I did go see an LC a few days later and it was very helpful. But the day after the strike he was nursing ok. Just keep trying and make an appointment with an LC. Even a phone consult made me feel better during the strike. I really think that nursing is the most challenging aspect of having an newborn. Hugs and good luck!!


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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:24 AM   #8
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Definitely get some help! LLL or Breastfeeding USA will help for free, but I know some people that swear that an LC saved their nursing relationship. At this point in time, any artificial nipple will just make the nursing relationship more complicated since bottles are easier.

Its always tough in the beginning, just make some reachable goals (until Xmas, then until the new year...) for now and work your way to bigger ones.


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