my LO is nearly 1 day old, im trying to breastfeed but its really getting me down, I just dont know if im doing it right, so many people keep telling me different ways to latch him on, he hardly wakes for feeds and when he does its only for a tiny amount of time, hes had poos but no wet nappies. we went back to hospital last night because he just wouldnt wake for feeds and was really cold, i feel like im starving him, is it supposed to be like this, please help its really stressing me out
Are you sure his diapers are dry? When my DS was a day old his pees were SO SMALL that I literally had to wipe my hand over his diaper to check for pee. Maybe try using a cloth diaper? It won't absorb all the urine and there will be a definite wet spot to help you see. Or hey, no diaper at all lol!
As for the actual breastfeeding, it's hard for anyone here to really give you great advice since we aren't with you in person. I don't know what the LC told you. But I also had awful advice while still in the hospital, so I understand what you're feeling.
Skin to skin feeding. Get comfy, take your top off and also get your LO naked. Put a blanket over LO so he doesn't get cold. Offer your breast. When offering your breast, never push yourself to your baby - bring your baby to you. So don't lean over, don't pull on your breast, none of that. Simply take the baby and pull him to your breast.
Nurse on demand. When he cries, stick your boob in his mouth. lol. You may need to wake him every 2-3 hours during the first week(s) to both ensure he's getting enough and to ensure your supply is good.
Ok, thankyou so much, im just really not feeling confident with it, when i try ti hand express a tiny amount comes out but surely that's not enough? He had a really long feed on one side fell asleep then woke back up soon after and had another on the other side, then he stayed awake for a little while just looking around and is asleep again. Im just so scared he isnt getting anything
The best latching advise I was given was if feeding from the left breast, hold babies head with ur right hand and ur breast with ur left. So much easier to guide the baby on with their mouth is at it's biggest. Corey constantly fed, so I can only imagine your frustration and worry
Hopefully feeding will improve
I had my baby 3 days ago and know exactly how I feel!!!!'n my first baby as well. It's hard but ppl say don't give up it will get easier and u and baby will know what too do soon. It's a learning experience for both. Make sure ur partner helps out I find it makes it so much easier. If he wasn't around I wouldn't be doing it. Keep alternating breasts every 15-20 min. I don't have much advice as this is allll new too me too.
I found it so hard to spot wet nappies at first, her first 2 days she had maybe 2 a day, really tiny wees. Remember the colostrum isn't in huge amounts so baby wont be peeing much.
I can't add more to the other ladies advice but I second skin to skin. It really helped us get feeding right it also helps baby regulate their temperature so the two of you in bed with a blanket should help.
I felt like my lo didn't pee at all at first and I was soooooo concerned..... I kept thinking she's not peeing but I took her nappy off for half an hr and she pee all over the blanket ... Just very very little amount at start as there's not much waste
If baby is pooing then they're defo getting your milk
It's so hard at the start I'm only day 19 now bad I still am not confident yet but it has got easier.... And she has massive wet nappies from day five on
Keep at it.... You're not starving your baby... Breastfeeding is hard but it's also human nature ... I just thought to myself that hundreds of years ago when there was no formula it had to work then so it had to work for me
Trust that your body is doing it right for baby and I second everyone's advice before me. You're doing a great job so far !!!!!
I hardly produced any milk the first few days...midwife was very encouraging and said baby's are born pretty set for the first few days and don't need much, also colostrum is loaded with goodness do again they only need the smallest amount! Be prepared to feel like your not producing enough cause babies are designed to want to nurse on your breast almost constantly from day 2-3 for the next few days to basically encourage your milk to come in....my milk came in about day 7 so it was tough going but worth it in the end!!
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