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Nov 25th, 2012, 22:31 PM   #46
 
No he wont latch hun, he has Down's Syndrome, so has low muscle tone in his tongue.

I did get him to latch with nipple shields, but actually found expressing and bottle feeding less stressful than breastfeeding as it was essential that he put on weight with being so unwell.
 
 

 
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Nov 26th, 2012, 09:21 AM   #47
 
I'm getting really stressed trying to get Harry to latch on and expressing is also becoming a chore but I will feel even more guilty if I don't. Just wish I could get him to latch. My friend had a baby boy with ds in September and he breastfeed s well so keep trying tweety. I might try nipple shields. How do they help?xx
 
 
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Nov 26th, 2012, 16:27 PM   #48
 
They are more solid, and i think its easier for them to grip on to them.
 
 

 
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Nov 27th, 2012, 23:39 PM   #49
 
I used nipple shields it gives them more direction on what to get hold of. I bought mothercare own nipple shields they were only a few quid.

My hv said to hold a bottle teat on your nipple and its the same thing. They just gotta suck harder. I squirted some milk into it then put it in his mouth and he soon got the hang. Expressing is hard work. I've been doing it for a month now. I think its become routine!!

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Nov 29th, 2012, 17:26 PM   #50
 
Have you had any luck with lo latching on Andrea?xx
 
 
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Nov 30th, 2012, 23:04 PM   #51
 
No have given up he got too stressed and feeding was a nightmare. So I just express around 6-8 times a day and bottle feed him. At least he is still getting my milk xx
 
 
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Nov 30th, 2012, 23:42 PM   #52
 
Harry hasn't latched on either I'm still trying but he does get very stressed. I've got a breastfeeding nurse coming next Monday so shall see what she says but I may have to admit defeat soon and stick to expressing xxx
 
 
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Nov 30th, 2012, 23:43 PM   #53
 
What do you do about expressing when you're going out for the dy or a few hours? Do you just miss some out and express when you get home?xx
 
 
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Dec 1st, 2012, 00:28 AM   #54
 
It depends how long I'm out, if I'm only going to miss my slot by a few hours then I do it when I come back

Remember you don't have to express every three hours just 8 times in 24 hrs. With one session between 12-4am Once you get to 10 weeks you can relax a bit more with it.

If I'm out all day I take my pump with me and just use mother and baby / breastfeeding rooms to express. My pump takes batteries so its portable.




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Dec 1st, 2012, 15:29 PM   #55
 
I try and express just before I go out then as soon as I get back. With a max 5-6hrs then I try and do it every 2hrs for a couple of pumps.

The night time one is the hardest. I skipped it the other night and my god my boobs were killing me!! Lesson learnt....!

If I am going to my sisters mums friends etc I take it with me! I bought a travel steriliser from asda was 4.90 and I use that as its perfect size to fit in the pram bag xx
 
 
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Dec 1st, 2012, 15:29 PM   #56
 
Oh and double express where you can. It's a lot easier and you will get more milk!! xx
 
 
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Dec 1st, 2012, 22:16 PM   #57
 
I don't have a double pump unfortunately. Do you express for half hour every time?x
 
 
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Dec 1st, 2012, 22:43 PM   #58
 
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I don't have a double pump unfortunately. Do you express for half hour every time?x
I express for 20 mins at a time now (double pumping) - I was only doing 10 mins to begin with and started increasing my time to keep up with demand.

You are still early in your expressing days hun, your volume will increase. How old is your LO?
 
 

 
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Dec 2nd, 2012, 16:42 PM   #59
 
He is 4 weeks old tomorrow. Should it not have increased by now? Xx
 
 
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Apr 15th, 2013, 14:17 PM   #60
 
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I think you imagine if someone has a new baby in special care you think they are going to be by their side 24/7
I think that you don't always know the circumstances behind why parents aren't there 24/7. I had my daughter at 36+2 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia. They whisked her away to SCBU after the c-section (didn't get to hold her) as she was really tiny (3lb 11oz - not expected, apparently). I was so ill (having her didn't resolve the pre-eclampsia) so I couldn't see her for 3 days after she was born. Even after they finally managed to get my blood pressure down with loads of beta blockers I was still incredibly exhausted. Managed to see her every day, but nowhere near 24/7 (as I would have liked). I was finally discharged after 8 days and my daughter after 3 weeks. I never really feared for her when she was in SCBU as it was only her size keeping her in there. But I have horrid memories of the awful machines bleeping and nurses rushing in to help less fortunate babies. I'm hoping next time round we can avoid SCBU altogether and return home as a family from the very beginning.
 
 
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