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Old 01-22-2012, 12:24 AM   #21
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the LC got him to latch and nurse for 40 min within 2 minutes of seeing my son. I just nursed him by myself. I'm so happy!
That is wonderful news!! Maybe EPing is not in your future after all Wishing smooth sailing to you and your DS

ETA, did she say/explain what was going on? How did she help exactly? Just curious

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:29 AM   #22
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That is wonderful news!! Maybe EPing is not in your future after all Wishing smooth sailing to you and your DS

ETA, did she say/explain what was going on? How did she help exactly? Just curious
Thanks!

She said that the tongue tie was misdiagnosed. I went to see the other LC when my DS was 3 days old. She said that sometimes an LC will diagnose tension as a tongue tie because it feels like the tension a tongue tie causes. She said he has no symptoms of a tongue tie, just some tension which CST should help. She said his palette is great and that he lifts his tongue well and can cup it well. The problem is my nipples. I have really big breasts and my nipples are somewhat flat and hard for him to grab onto. She had me lay on my side and use a nipple shield on my right nipple (my right nipple gets flatter when he tries to latch,) and she just helped me push him onto the nipple when his mouth opened wide.


I didn't have any trouble nursing him at 10 pm last night, but since then I've had trouble getting him to stay latched. It's kind of hard for me to push him onto the nipple because I'm short so my arms are short, but I have these DD boobs to work with lol. I'm thinking maybe I'm not putting the nipple shield on correctly, I'll have to watch a video and make sure.
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I am SO frustrated. he latched on and nursed only twice. since the other night, he barely latches and won't nurse! my LC is coming by tongiht..
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Patience mama. You are doing all the right things, but it takes time to learn a new skill.

Breathe and remember, every time you two get it right is one step closer to not having to work so hard. Good luck!
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Patience mama. You are doing all the right things, but it takes time to learn a new skill.

Breathe and remember, every time you two get it right is one step closer to not having to work so hard. Good luck!
i guess I kind of feel like it's my fault. I planned a natural birth in a birth center and ended up in a hospital on Pitocin and go the epidural (no offense to any other mamas, this just wasn't what I wanted or planned for us.) My son came out tired and disoriented and didn't latch on, and the hospital staff took him away too quickly and for some reason I didn't see him for another 3 hours...
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the LC got him to latch and nurse for 40 min within 2 minutes of seeing my son. I just nursed him by myself. I'm so happy!
Hooray! That is fantastic news! So, so happy for you, mama!
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i guess I kind of feel like it's my fault. I planned a natural birth in a birth center and ended up in a hospital on Pitocin and go the epidural (no offense to any other mamas, this just wasn't what I wanted or planned for us.) My son came out tired and disoriented and didn't latch on, and the hospital staff took him away too quickly and for some reason I didn't see him for another 3 hours...
Ugh... I just got to your last post and I am sorry to hear that you're having a rough day. Hold onto that success and be patient with yourself. It will happen. It will.

I'm sorry that your birth didn't go as planned, either. And it sounds like the hospital you were at wasn't super supportive of Mother/Baby bonding and the Baby Friendly Initiatives... that is so sad. That is not your fault, though, mama. That is their fault and they need to do better. You had just had a baby and it sounds like it was a lot different than you were expecting which probably threw you for a loop (it would do that to anyone!) and then you must have been exhausted once it was all said and done. You were in no position to fight it all. You sound like one terrific Mama with such good intentions - you are doing the best things for your baby and you can't beat yourself up about what could have been.

Try to just enjoy your sweet baby, keep positive and keep trying to nurse. Stay in close contact with your good LC that is helping so much and pretty soon, you'll be running with it! I have seen so many Mamas in your similar situation who were able to get to exclusively breastfeeding. Don't give up! Hang in there! We're rooting for you!
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Ugh... I just got to your last post and I am sorry to hear that you're having a rough day. Hold onto that success and be patient with yourself. It will happen. It will.

I'm sorry that your birth didn't go as planned, either. And it sounds like the hospital you were at wasn't super supportive of Mother/Baby bonding and the Baby Friendly Initiatives... that is so sad. That is not your fault, though, mama. That is their fault and they need to do better. You had just had a baby and it sounds like it was a lot different than you were expecting which probably threw you for a loop (it would do that to anyone!) and then you must have been exhausted once it was all said and done. You were in no position to fight it all. You sound like one terrific Mama with such good intentions - you are doing the best things for your baby and you can't beat yourself up about what could have been.

Try to just enjoy your sweet baby, keep positive and keep trying to nurse. Stay in close contact with your good LC that is helping so much and pretty soon, you'll be running with it! I have seen so many Mamas in your similar situation who were able to get to exclusively breastfeeding. Don't give up! Hang in there! We're rooting for you!
Thanks for all your support!

yeah, I chose to go to that hospital because the OB (my midwife has several back up OBs,) has one of the lowest c-section rates in the state, and that was really important to me. Unfortunately, the hospital was not very mother/baby bonding friendly, and I'm really upset about that. I didn't know what I was getting into.

I'm really thankful for my LC. I was speaking to her last night about my nursing frustrations, and she said that she would make sure to keep helping me until I have a nursing baby boy, no matter how long that takes. She's great.
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I EPed for my twins for 16 months. I tried getting them to latch for the first 8 weeks, but then I had to go back to work and I just didn't have time to try to nurse, then pump and then give them a bottle 8 times a day. So, I just decided to go ahead with EPing. It was hard but it was doable and they were exclusively fed BM until 16 months and then I finished up my freezer stash giving them each one bottle a day until 18months!
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Thanks for all your support!

yeah, I chose to go to that hospital because the OB (my midwife has several back up OBs,) has one of the lowest c-section rates in the state, and that was really important to me. Unfortunately, the hospital was not very mother/baby bonding friendly, and I'm really upset about that. I didn't know what I was getting into.

I'm really thankful for my LC. I was speaking to her last night about my nursing frustrations, and she said that she would make sure to keep helping me until I have a nursing baby boy, no matter how long that takes. She's great.
Wow. That is a great LC. I'm so happy you found her.
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