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  • frogger773 frogger773's Avatar 12-07-04 | 04:33 PM
  • I am trying so hard at bf Chloe, but I just don't know. I thought she was doing really good with latching on, but I am getting really sore.
    I have been nursing her every 2 hours during the day, cause she was a bit jaudice when we came home from the hospital. She is 5 days old today, and I am so engorged on my right breast. How can I make it better?

    I am also having a really hard time getting her to burp. I have tried all the different ways, over my shoulder, laying across my legs, sitting over everything. Do you ladies have any advice? I don't want to give up.

    TIA for any information you might have.
  • ~babywanted~ ~babywanted~'s Avatar 12-07-04 | 06:00 PM
  • From my experience, if my son didn't burp after a few minutes, then he didn't need to burp. He has nver had a problem with spitting up. As for being sore, that can be normal if Chloe is latched on well. Often mine would be sore for the first few minutes and then the sorness would pass. The key really is a good latch. As far as engorgement, I never really had that problem so I don't have any suggestions other than pumping.
  • pheebe pheebe's Avatar 12-07-04 | 06:43 PM
  • Yup, I'd suggest pumping too. Good to have a few bags frozen just in case. Standing in a nice hot shower with the water running on the offending breast can also help. You might just be sore because your nipples are getting used to all the attention
    or you might have a latch problem. At 5 days you can expect things to be a little difficult, that is perfectly NORMAL. My DD took a couple of weeks before she really seemed to get the hang of it and I had to work hard at getting her to latch properly, not just on the nipple. It even got as bad as literally cracked and bleeding! But here we are, past 13 months and still going strong
  • belle81 belle81's Avatar 12-07-04 | 08:20 PM
  • Some babies just don't need to burp. When I was a baby my parents used to pat my back for hours trying to get me to burp. I just kept screaming. When they gave up I was fine and able to sleep.
  • skyqueen skyqueen's Avatar 12-07-04 | 08:43 PM
  • My ped also said that if they don't burp, then they really didn't have to.

    As for being sore, keep at it. I was sooo sore with sarah. It wasn't nearly so bad with Andrew cuz he was a way better sucker than her.
    Engorged is a good thing. you can try hand expressing a little milk before letting her latch on. Sometimes that helps her with her latch when you're not so grossly engorged. (my kids both had a hard time the fuller I was)
    I had to hold and push down on my poor breast so that there was a breathing pocket for poor Sarah's nose (and Andrew too) cuz I was sooo dang full.

    Keep at it, the soreness will get better soon. You're using the lanoshin (sp?) salve after each nursing session, right? This will help the soreness alot