Breastfeeding crisis! — The Bump
March 2015 Moms

Breastfeeding crisis!

2 days post partum, baby latches very shallow causing my nipples after 2 days of this to be very sore, raw, and occasionally bleed. I've tried everything to adjust her latch and finally needed to switch to the pump for some relief from the pain her latch causes. This has worked wonders, but I'm only producing about 1oz per session at this point?! Is this a typical amount? And as long as I keep pumping on her feeding schedule will my real milk come in at a greater quantity?sorry, clueless ftm here.

Re: Breastfeeding crisis!

  • That seems to be a good amount for just two days! And yes, pumping will help improve let down and amount. I'm 8 days PP with a preemie in the NICU and have been pumping like crazy since jump - it feels like the only thing I have control of at the moment. But it's definitely working! I don't think I got to more than 20ml until at least day 3 or 4 (heh, it's a little hazy, I had a rough c-section and don't remember really clearly).

    Keep it up, mama, you're doing great! Can you see a lactation specialist to help with latching?
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  • At 2 days pp your milk likely hasn't come in yet. An ounce of colostrum is pretty impressive. Don't worry.

    Definitely see a lactation consultant for latch issues though. LO may have a tongue or lip tie or something else physically going on preventing a nice, wide latch. Good luck!



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  • It takes about 5 days for your milk to begin. And it takes two weeks to produce a large amount. Your baby doesn't need a lot right now.
  • Also consider asking the lactation consultant about a nipple shield. I need to use one with my little man because he got used to a bottle in the few days he spent in the NICU. It has really helped with his latch. My lactation consultant said there are many reasons to use a nipple shield and it may help you a lot.

    As for amount of milk I agree with previous poster, if you are getting an ounce of colostrum a 2 days post partum that's great. I was only getting drops at that point and my milk did start to come in until day 4 or 5.

    Just keep working at it and it will get easier. My little one's latch improved with time and as I became more comfortable with breastfeeding.
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  • kelseypie said:

    At 2 days pp your milk likely hasn't come in yet. An ounce of colostrum is pretty impressive. Don't worry.

    Definitely see a lactation consultant for latch issues though. LO may have a tongue or lip tie or something else physically going on preventing a nice, wide latch. Good luck!

    This really sounds like tongue tie. Also don't be shy about really getting as much of your areola (sp?) into baby's mouth. You almost have to force it on them sometimes til they get the hang of it. Google Jack Newman ( breastfeeding expert) to explore possible latch issues. He has lots of great videos to compare contrast proper latch AND if baby is getting any milk at all. For my part I would cometely ignore that pump for the first week ... Colostrum is REALLY hard to produce outside of baby's immediate for most mamas, esp FTM. Good job!
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  • I agree with PP. Also, check out the other posts on this forum for more info. A really good website is La Leche League LLLI.org
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