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Old Sep 20th, 2010, 06:40 AM   11
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Old Sep 20th, 2010, 19:35 PM   12
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I had (still have, really) inverted nipples. Didn't think much of the fact that it might make things difficult, so didn't tell midwife prior to having Lachlan, because I knew that mum also had inverted nipples and she'd successfully breastfed all three kids for a decent amount of time. She'd also told me it wouldn't be a problem.

WELL! Fast forward to the birth. My placenta had decided to be stubborn and wasn't coming out, so the midwife said "here, we'll pop baby on the boob to see if it will start the contractions" and he wouldn't latch on. We tried a nipple shield - still wouldn't latch on. So in the end I had to express colostrum (and luckily I had a great supply of it!) in to a syringe and syringe feed him.

I syringe fed him for a couple of days - I found it quite stressful as I couldn't just feed him right away when he was hungry, I had to express the colostrum out first. He got quite frustrated too.

By the third day the midwives decided that maybe I should try expressing but I said that I'd like to try the nipple shields again. Then lo and behold Lachlan latched straight on to the shields by himself and we managed to bf successfully. My milk came in the next day.

We used the shields up until 3 months, and then I was able to help Lachlan make the switch to bare nipple with hardly any fuss. And here we are at almost 6 months still going! Had some supply issues, and Lachlan will fight my boob from time to time, but nothing to drastic I am loving breastfeeding and get sad at the prospect of giving it up



 
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Old Sep 21st, 2010, 08:39 AM   13
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I had (still have, really) inverted nipples. Didn't think much of the fact that it might make things difficult, so didn't tell midwife prior to having Lachlan, because I knew that mum also had inverted nipples and she'd successfully breastfed all three kids for a decent amount of time. She'd also told me it wouldn't be a problem.

WELL! Fast forward to the birth. My placenta had decided to be stubborn and wasn't coming out, so the midwife said "here, we'll pop baby on the boob to see if it will start the contractions" and he wouldn't latch on. We tried a nipple shield - still wouldn't latch on. So in the end I had to express colostrum (and luckily I had a great supply of it!) in to a syringe and syringe feed him.

I syringe fed him for a couple of days - I found it quite stressful as I couldn't just feed him right away when he was hungry, I had to express the colostrum out first. He got quite frustrated too.

By the third day the midwives decided that maybe I should try expressing but I said that I'd like to try the nipple shields again. Then lo and behold Lachlan latched straight on to the shields by himself and we managed to bf successfully. My milk came in the next day.

We used the shields up until 3 months, and then I was able to help Lachlan make the switch to bare nipple with hardly any fuss. And here we are at almost 6 months still going! Had some supply issues, and Lachlan will fight my boob from time to time, but nothing to drastic I am loving breastfeeding and get sad at the prospect of giving it up
That's great - it is sad when you have to stop. My placenta got stuck too - both times! I ended up in theatre this time around and couldn't breastfeed Ellissia until 3 hours after she was born x



 
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Old Sep 21st, 2010, 11:28 AM   14
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This is a great thread, it shows that BF'ing didn't come naturally or perfectly to everyone else, like it sometimes seems.

Before I got pregnant, I used to say I wanted a c-section and was never going to breastfeed. I was young and worried about what these things would do to my body. After getting pregnant with my daughter I began to research more, and changed my mind. I wanted what was best for her. I still ended up with a c-section unfortunately, but I planned on BF'ing. When I had her, the nurse in the OR said she had low blood sugar and gave her a bottle of formula while I was still in surgery. The first several days in the hospital were awful. She didn't want to latch, I would continue trying, the nurse would say, "she needs to eat, lets give her a bottle". So I would. Then I tried the Medela SNS. The concept was great, but she just didn't latch well. I pumped a lot, and fed her the colostrum I got. Even at home she wasn't great at latching on. Sometimes she would do it and nurse away, but sometimes she would just scream. I was never able to exclusively breastfed Erica, and it felt so awful. When we switched completely over to formula, I felt like such a failure. But she thrived, and was happy, and thats what was important.

With my son, it was completely different. I was attempting a VBAC and had a very detailed birth plan. Outlined several times was that no bottles, pacifiers, or formula would be allowed at anytime. If we were unable to nurse right away, I brought a syringe to feed him with that. Luckily I had learned a lot more, my husband was completely supportive, and when I had an emergency c-section, as soon as I was in recovery the nurse said he needed to eat. I asked them to help me move my gown as I was attached to tons of stuff. Laying there in the recovery room, my son latched right on. He was a pro, and was leading me. It wasn't always easy. I dont think I actually slept in the hospital. When I went home I switched to taking only Motrin to make sure I was awake and alert to nurse him whenever needed. We ended up getting a bad case of thrush that almost made me give up. And when I went back to work full time, I was able to pump 3x daily while gone so that he could continue having breast milk only. He just turned 1 year, and we are still breastfeeding. I have to say that this has been one of my biggest accomplishments. My son amazes me every time he latches right on.

The best thing is that my daughter who is now 2 1/2 "nurses" her baby dolls, and opening talks about baby eating the milk from my boobies. I hope that when she has children, she can come to me about nursing her children.



 
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Old Sep 21st, 2010, 17:06 PM   15
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That's great - it is sad when you have to stop. My placenta got stuck too - both times! I ended up in theatre this time around and couldn't breastfeed Ellissia until 3 hours after she was born x
That must have been so scary going in to theatre for it (and a pain in the bum, too!) xx I was so worried about that, and then thought to myself "No, I'm just being silly and hyping myself up for no reason" but then the midwife later confessed to me she was considering it too. Eep. I'd had such a lovely labour and birth too, so it would've been ironic!



 
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