It took Alex a couple tries to latch. He initially had a tube which made it harder. We never needed him to be tube fed (he was 39 weeks) so as soon as they took the tube out, latching became so much easier. Try expressing a bit before latching.
Haven't read all the replies so apologies if its a duplicate, but my hospital has a 'baby cafe' twice a week which is a drop in for bf mums, to go and get help/advice. They also lend out pumps free of charge until you can get yourself sorted (I lent one for 2 months) with either bf or renting a pump.
The baby cafe was also a great way to get help and support with the latch after baby had been discharged. Your hv should have details of baby cafes near you, or similar events.
I pumped for 8 weeks and boy is it tiring in the beginning but so worth keeping up. You want to keep every drop of milk, as your supply won't stay as good as it is now without baby latching on.
Persevere with skin to skin and trying to get baby to latch. Its so difficult but will be so worth it if you can crack it x
You need to express every 3 hours or so, through the day and ideally the night. Seriously, expressing and bottle feeding are the quickest way to formula. If you want to BF longterm, express, tube feed and keep trying to latch LO on. It may mean he's in NICU for a couple more days, but if you want to BF, it's easier to do it when you've got the support and you haven't caused nipple confusion! My LO wouldn't latch for the first 8 days, but he never OT given a bottle - he was cup fed.
Similar to above post I was also in hospital 7 days as she wouldnt latch and she was tubefed and cup fed in the meantime.
Originally Posted by patch2006uk
If you can get him latched on, you'll probably have a longer BFing journey. Exclusively expressing is hard and not the easy option it's thought to be. Like I say, I expressed for 8 days and was struggling to keep up. When your LO is home, spending time pumping when he needs changing or he's crying, when you could just latch him on, is frustrating.
Also to back up the above post, expressing is hard. I had to do it last week due to a nursing strike and I was shattered. I found it time consuming, physically draining and to be honest felt like I was a cow being milked.
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