Baby poor latch and milk not coming in in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

Hi there. my baby was born 3 days ago via c section. she started off nipple feeding, by which i mean using a small tight mouth and sucking colostrum hard which has now made my nipples agony. however she's stopped doing this now and wont suckle at all, i think because i'm not making any visible colostrum. my milk hasn't come in and could still be a few days. i have begun giving her formula while i wait for my milk as she was starving, and so ive been expressing whist skin to skin in the hope this will keep my body thinking im feeding. but nothing visibly comes out of my nipple when expressing, should i carry on?

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Nov 14, 2016 14:52 PM

Thank you for your message. It sounds like you're working incredibly hard to establish breastfeeding with your baby. Mothers generally notice their mature milk coming in between days 3 to 5 after their baby arrives. Research evidence shows that this is triggered automatically by hormones and can also be encouraged by lots of skin to skin time. So it sounds like you are already doing lots of things to help already.

I am concerned to hear however about the 'nipple feeding' you describe as it sounds not only painful for you, but also indicates that your baby may not be transferring milk effectively. I'm wondering if you are in touch with your midwife and could contact her very soon to get her to observe a breastfeed and give you suggestions for improving positioning. Alternatively a Certified Lactation Consultant would be able to spend time with you reviewing what's happening and work with you to revise and improve feeding along with a feeding plan going forwards.

I'd really encourage you to seek qualified breastfeeding support as soon as possible.

Best wishes

Sharon George IBCLC