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Old 12-08-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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How can I reintroduce the breast? Help!

Hello,

I have been pumping since day one. My DS is nearly 4 months, and due to latching issues, tongue tie and complete exhaustion I opted to start EPing about two months ago. It was the easiest route that allowed for him to still get my milk. I would really like to see if he would nurse now though. I kind of wish I would have been more persistent before... Is it possible to get him back on the breast? If so, how? I am scared it won't be possible, as I will be going back to work this next week...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thank you!
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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It is a long road to work with these issues, but it can be done. My ds was born at 28 wks and the nicu introduced bottles to him before he learned the breast. It took 6 months to get him to the breast, lots of crying from him and from me. First I had to find a bottle/nipple that most closely resembled the breast, then I had to put him to the breast with an SNS (huge mess, most of my crying was because of this but its worth it) before I pumped, pump, then top him off with what was left of the SNS. Putting him to the breast often, for feeding and for comfort, is key. Let him be at and around the breast as much as possible. Finally, it took a solid week of just SNS to get him to start taking the breast. Lots of hair pulling, frustration, yelling at my dh, etc... BUT at now 21 months, my ds is a bf champ and has been since he learned at 6 months old. You can do it mama, it just takes A LOT of work... but it is sooooooooo worth it!! PM me anytime if you need some support or words of advice or just someone to yell at.

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Also, have you considered having your child's clipped? If the tie is severe enough to restrict tongue movement, it can cause problems long after infancy including speech problems. Clipping is done with a numbing agent in the dr's office and takes less than 2 minutes from numbing to nursing freely! Since your baby is a little older, it may take him a week or so to realize that he can use his tongue, so hang in there and be patient. AND don't believe your ped if they tell you that tongue's aren't clipped any more, ask for a referral to an ENT, ped surgeon, ped oral maxillofacial surgeon, etc. It is a simple procedure that may save your nipples and your son a lot of agony.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
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Re: How can I reintroduce the breast? Help!

Thank you so much for all your advise. He did have it clipped at 4 weeks, but I think his doc didn't snip it all the way...he still doesn't stick his tongue out of his mouth. We have since moved and got a new doc, so I will ask her to take a look.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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I EPed for DS1 since birth and he never took to the breast. DS2 nursed for his first day but then due to a NICU stay and latching troubles I EPed for him until he was alittle more than 10 weeks old. I nursed him at least once a day while in the NICU and attempted several times per day once home. We used a shield as well. He also had trouble with bottles and pumping with expensive this time around (renting hospital grade). Personally what I found did the trick with us was switching to the Breastflow bottles and persistance. The breastflow bottles were much easier for him to handle and were as close to BFing as I could get. PlusI never gave up. Every day I tried.

An SNS could be helpful as well, but I found it to be more of a hinderance than anythign so it's just sitting unused now. We're still using the shield but I've since found out he has a recessive chin which makes it harder for him to get a good seal which the shield helps with.

Don't give up! But don't beat yourself up either. See a good LC or IBCLC and just keep on offering!
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