04-25-2014, 11:31 PM
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I was on my phone earlier so couldn't type out that much.
Breastfeeding is very very hard. It seriously will take you DAYS to figure out the technique. Like I said in my previous post, being skin-to-skin with your baby will not only form a wonderful bond, but your baby can smell you and your milk. The more you try, the quicker that they'll catch on. Try breastfeeding before every bottle.
There is a YouTube video...And I can't remember the name...But a newborn baby was placed on it's mom in the operating room. And left there before cleaning for awhile for mom and baby to become acquainted. The newborn, actually crawls up closer to mom's breasts. It's the most amazing thing. Babies naturally know.
The BEST thing you can do is relax and give it time. Spending a few minutes on it isn't going to do the trick. It could take 15-20 minutes before getting a good latch. And when you get a good latch, don't disrupt it.
Keep agitating baby/waking her up when she gets sleepy. And don't have her wrapped in a bunch of clothes/blankets during feeding. She'll be too warm/comfy to get a good feeding.
Try holding your breast in 1 hand cupping it from the side (make a C shape with your hand) and your babies head in the other. Have someone touch your babies cheek to stimulate the rooting reflex (sucking reflex) and when she opens her mouth, roll her onto your nipple. Roll chin to nose. (upwards) This method will help to get a solid latch.
If one side isn't working, try the other. Some babies will prefer one side over the other until they are a little older.
Don't feel disappointed. Don't feel stressed. YOU WILL GET THIS!
I LOVED the mother/baby rotation last fall during my Nursing Clinicals. They are so precious and sweet. Being 25 myself, it sure did give me baby fever. Embrace your sweet little bundle of joy and relax. Everything will be fine and you'll be a pro in no time!
Also, do not put her on anything very fuzzy right now. No pillows. No stuffed animals. No piles of clothes etc. They can and WILL roll over at this age, and they won't be able to move...increasing the chance of suffocation.
And put her to sleep on her back. Never on her tummy. Babies that sleep on their tummies are at an increased risk for SIDS.
CONGRATULATIONS! She is just beautiful. You did good Momma!