I'm happy that I can jump in this conversation this time around. With Owen we had a horrible time bfing. Evan seems to be a natural. His latch is good except when I'm engorged. Then he has a really hard time getting a grip. I've pumped a couple of times when the engorgement gets to that point. Both of those times, I was able to pump about 3 ounces per side. So far, I feel really good about bfing.
I do want to caution those using the nipple shield. My pedi gave it to me to use with Owen. It worked well for the latching, but I used it for about a month and then my pedi told me that if you use it for more than 3 weeks, it can deminish your supply - which it did for me. I was never able to regain my supply and after 2 months of struggling, I quit bfing completely. It may not happen to everyone, but just be cautious about how long you use the nipple shield.
Sarah, thanks for cautioning everyone about this side effect of using the nipple shield. You have pretty much described my breastfeeding experience with my first DD. Nipple shield depleted my supply, pumping depleted my supply even more. I became so frustrated by it all that I quit BF all together after a few months. I really recommend that everyone who's using a nipple shield visit a lactation specialist to try and sort things out so that you're not dependant on the shield in the long run.
Thanks for the warning about the shields! I plan on trying to wean once we have a better pattern going and once my milk is in. Hopefully by then he'll latch right every time, he tends to try to suck his bottom lip under which hurts even WITH the shield, so trying without while he latches like that scares me a bit.
I have been pumping in which case she will drink 3oz a feeding, now she is starting to show interest in BFing, and I have to learn something new now. If when you pump, you are told to do so until the breast is empty, how do I know its empty when BFing? I was reading that you have to make sure you get the milk fat at the end or something, thats why you should empty, but if I BF do I do a time limit, and then take her off that breast and switch, or wait until she passes out and try to wake her up to go to the other breast? She will be 2 weeks tomorrow, so what would my time limit be?
I think 15 to 20 minutes a breast is ideal. I`m in the same boat as you. I`m pretty new to the actual BF thing. I am interested to hear what others say. I also want to see how she`s gaining weight at her 2 wk. appt. Maybe I`m not emptying my breasts enough...who knows....so much pressure comes with breastfeeding....but it is rewarding!
We must be gearing up for a growth spurt here....feedings every half hour for three hours last night, three hour break and then again for two hours. I am SOOOO tired! My nipples feel like they're going to fall off. Oh the joys of breastfeeding...lol