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Old 08-23-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Can you fix a weak suck?

I am pretty sure my lo has a weak suck. He seems to never be satisfied at the breast. He only nurses for maybe 10 minutes at a time and the first 5 minutes are the major suck/swallow... when my let down happens and after the let down... nothing much happens other than him getting mad, arching his back, crying and major rooting. When he takes a bottle of EBM he doesn't do this at all and it takes him way longer to drink the bottle than nurse... so I am thinking maybe he has a weak suck? Is there a way to fix this?

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Re: Can you fix a weak suck?

Have you tried Breast compressions? Sometimes this works with DS when he thinks nothing is coming out. It's a way to kind of control what your breast is expressing.
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I have.. thats what keeps him on there a few minute after the let down.
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Re: Can you fix a weak suck?

Do you have a forceful let-down?
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:27 PM   #5
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Re: Can you fix a weak suck?

I think that I do. I know I did with my other two children but its not as crazy as it was with the other two. I really don't know what a normal let down is though.
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Re: Can you fix a weak suck?

I started block feeding to fix my overactive let-down which was a result of oversupply.
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html
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Re: Can you fix a weak suck?

I would call a LC and see about some susk training, you can do it with your finger to help them know how to suck and train thier tongue and mouth to be in the right position a few minutes before nursing each time.


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...an-shield.html

This is more about weaning from a shield but talks about finger training
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