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I am due to have bubs no. 2 in 5 weeks and am worried about breastfeeding. A midwife has told me that I have fibrous nipples which means that bubs has to work extra hard for a feed. I managed to breastfeed child no.1 for 2 weeks and then due to medication he was turned off (that and he was too lazy) my supply disappeared even though I was pumping. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Posted by chelseabutch, 24th April 2014

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  • The most important thing is for you and baby to be relaxed. At the end of the day it’s no ones’ business but your own whether you breast feed or not. If you really want to then talk to the breast feeding nurses etc, but if it is going to be a stressful event that you are only considering because of the pressure to breastfeed then don’t, you, your toddler and the new bub’s sanity are just too important to risk over an issue like this, so long as baby is feeding and thriving then go with what works! (And this is from a person who breastfed their child for 3 years). Best wishes to you all.

  • Oh gosh, maybe massage before feeding? Must be difficult but see,s like ur doing a great job :-)

  • I have heard of this before but don’t know anything that would help you. Hope everything is going well. Best of luck.

  • Best advice, don’t try and feed when they are starving and make sure you are as relaxed as possible, then they are to!

  • i did not experience this, so can’t help but good luck.

  • I fed my son for 2 years and 10 months and I just found that putting him to the breast as much as I could always increased my supply.
    Maybe look into nipple shields as they may help you not to get sore if your baby has troubles.
    Also you could try baking some lactation cookies they are meant to work the recipe would be online for sure.
    Good luck.

  • I would start pumping as soon as possible after bub is born. Also there is a herb called Blessed thistle that naturally increases milk levels. But at the end of the day don’t put too much pressure on yourself. As long as your bub is getting fed and you tried naturally, it’s not the end of the world to bottle feed (formula). It’s about being calm and bonding with your baby.

  • I would try and find a really good lactation consultant to help with feeding in the early weeks. I had issues with tonge tie and lip tie as well as slow letdown and wouldn’t have got through it without my LC. Best of luck and remember whatever is best for the mum is best for baby.

  • The ABA, Australian Breastfeeding Assosiation should have some info to help you. I wish you luck with it and hope it works out. If you are pumping as well there are foods you can eat to encourage breastmilk production, that could be useful for you.

  • Join your local ABA or getting touch with a lactation consultant that can be on hand to help you in those first few weeks when feeding is being established.

  • Try nipple shields, they are usually very helpful for fibrous nipples.

  • I had that on old righty. Massage around the nipple quite firmly before feeding helps, as does soaking it in warm water – I would have a bath and let it float!

  • Don’t put pressure on yourself. Nurses try and tell you Breast is Best but in reality, what works for you and your child is best.

  • i would talk to the breastfeeding /nursing mothers association maybe there is something you can do before bubs comes along to help

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